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Table 4 Commonest reasons given for using the 5 most popular CAMs

From: Patterns of complementary and alternative medicine use amongst outpatients in Tokyo, Japan

Type of CAM Specific reasons stated for using CAM % (n) 95% C.I*
Massage (n = 106) Musculo-skeletal problems 47% (50) 37% to 57%
  Recommended by friend 7% (7) 3% to 13%
  Neurological problems 5% (5) 2% to 11%
Vitamins (n = 85) Musculo-skeletal problems 19% (16) 11% to 29%
  General wellbeing 14% (12) 8% to 23%
  To get better 9% (8) 4% to 18%
Health food/dietary supplement (n = 56) Musculo-skeletal problems 21% (12) 12% to 34%
  General wellbeing 16% (9) 8% to 28%
  To get better 13% (7) 5% to 24%
Acupressure (n = 51) Musculo-skeletal problems 35% (18) 22% to 50%
  Recommended by friend 10% (5) 3% to 21%
  General wellbeing 6% (3) 1% to 16%
Kampo (n = 46) Musculo-skeletal problems 15% (7) 6% to 29%
  Gynaecological problems 13% (6) 5% to 26%
  Lack of perceived side effects 11% (5) 4% to 24%
  1. *C.I = Confidence Interval