Many Nepali women in Nepal are not aware of the benefits of medicinal herbs, and their use has been blamed for the rise in cases of tuberculosis.
The country has one of the highest rates of tuberculosis in the world, and a recent study by the United Nations showed that nearly half of all cases of the disease were caused by women using herbal medicines.
But now a new study suggests that women in rural Nepal who are suffering from tuberculosis may be using medicinal herbs in their daily lives, according to the Wall Street Journal.
According to the report, the researchers from the University of Oxford conducted a survey of over 600 women in northern Nepal.
They found that women were using herbs to treat their tuberculosis symptoms.
The study, published in the Journal of Public Health, said that women who were taking herbal medicines for TB were more likely to have taken them before the onset of TB and more likely than women who had never taken any herbs before to report symptoms of TB, according the Wall St. Journal.
“Our results show that women with tuberculosis, who use herbal medicines regularly, may be more likely in the future to develop TB, potentially resulting in a higher incidence,” Dr. Shashi Dhar, a research scientist at the University, said in a statement.
“The potential benefits of using herbal remedies, particularly in rural areas, for TB treatment remain largely unknown.”