This research aims to show how the elderly population in Thailand believes in the numerous benefits of using herbal products in addition to the minimal use of conventional medicine. The research was carried out on 419 participants with a mean age of 70 years. 68% were female and the rest were male from Thailand (Sumngern, et al, 59). A cross-sectional study was used as the research design. The main aim was to examine the perception of the elderly towards the benefits of herbal medicine consumption using questionnaires. The research took a period of 3 months.

The research results indicated that of the research participants, 97% used herbal medicine and herbal products and in different ways. Some of the benefits they stated included it reduced expenses of conventional medicine; it cured their numerous diseases, relieved their symptoms and generally provided them with good health. Approximately 40% of the participants included the reason they used the herbal products was for their nutrients (Sumngern, et al, 61).

The study concluded that herbal product and medicine use highly relied on the level of education, perceptions and stress levels. The limitation of this study is that it did not compare these results to those in other nations which do not rely heavily on traditional forms of medication as is the case in Thailand and most Asian nations. The side effects of the herbal medicine use compared to those of conventional medicine was failed to be indicated as part of the questionnaire when collecting the data. Generalizations can however be made based on the high number of participants.