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Table 4 Indications for medicinal plant used

From: Ethnic differences in medicinal plant use among University students: a cross-sectional survey of self-reported medicinal plant use at two Midwest Universities

Indications for Medicinal Plant Use HINU KU
Total Number Cases 56 115
Health maintenance 60.0 % 90.4 %
Treat a physical condition 42.2 % 45.7 %
Simply like taking it 48.9 % 29.8 %
Traditional reasons 46.7 % 20.2 %
Treat a chronic condition 20.0 % 29.8 %
Alternative to other medicine 37.8 % 19.1 %
Beauty purposes 8.9 % 25.5 %
Increase energy 22.2 % 16.0 %
Other 31.1 % 10.6 %
Spiritual reasons 33.3 % 3.2 %
Weight loss 13.3 % 5.3 %
Treat a mental condition 17.8 % 2.1 %
Sexual purposes 8.9 % 2.1 %
Muscle gain 2.2 % 1.1 %
Missing (cases) 11 21
  1. d Percentage of past-year student users indicating reasons for use of medicinal plants and herbal products. Students could select more than one answer
  2. * All Cases: All (n = 721); HINU (n = 223); KU (n = 498)
  3. ** Valid Cases (Answered ‘yes’ to Q1 & Q2): All (n = 171); HINU (n = 56); KU (n = 115)
  4. Note: of 171 valid cases, only 139 cases (45 HINU; 94 KU) indicated the use of one or more medicinal plants in Part 3 of the survey