This document sets out the results of an
investigation that had as its main objective to determine
the sociocultural factors that influence the preference of
the diabetic patient to empirical-traditional treatment
over the pharmacological treatment of the Health Center
of Las Margaritas, Chiapas, Mexico. A cross-sectional
study was conducted, involving 100% of diabetic patients
who are given care at the Health Center. The
information was obtained by applying a Likert scale and
was supplemented by open questions. Among the most
relevant findings, 37% of patients were found to be in
the age range of 60-69 years; 15% had diabetic glaucoma
as the main complication and 57% are being treated with
850 mg metformin. Moringa is the most consumed plant,
as an empirical-traditional treatment at 61%.
Keywords : Empirical Treatment, Diabetes Mellitus, Medicinal Plants.