Reported earlier on the site was a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that 36% of Americans use CAM ? 62% if prayer is included.

Now, here is an estimate of the use of CAM in one Central American country.

Based on a survey of 1600 people living in a barrio in Managua, Nicaragua, 78% of the households used herbal remedies to teat common illnesses. There was no difference in use based on age or education.

These data are probably most useful to healthcare professionals who come in contact with poor Central Americans.

The most commonly used herbals by this group are listed below in Spanish and (English).


  • Eucalipto (Eucalyptus)
  • Zacate de limon (Lemon grass)
  • Manzanilla (Chamomile)
  • Albahaca (Basil)
  • Canela (Cinnamon)
  • Maranon (Cashew)
  • Miel de jicote (Wasp honey)
  • Naranja agua (Orange water)


  • Eucalipto (Eucalyptus)
  • Jicaros (Calabashes)
  • Zacate de limon (Lemon grass)
  • Canela (Cinnamon)
  • Mara-on (Cashew)
  • Miel (Honey)
  • Ajo (Garlic)


  • Eucalipto (Eucalyptus)

Ear pain

  • Eucalipto (Eucalyptus)
  • Zacate de limon (Lemon grass)

Stomach pain

  • Te de cilantro (Coriander)

10/18/06 19:00 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.