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Patterns of use, knowledge and attitudes

Edited by Torkel Falkenberg

This section covers research reporting patterns of use, knowledge and attitudes regarding complementary and alternative therapies.

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  1. Plants have been used as a primary source of medicine since ancient times and about 80% of the world’s population use herbal medicine to treat different ailments. Plant use knowledge differs in space and time ...

    Authors: Patience Tugume and Clement Nyakoojo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:353

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  2. Traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) is commonly used by cancer patients in Northern Norway, in particular spiritual forms like traditional healing. T&CM is mainly used complementary to conventional c...

    Authors: Agnete Egilsdatter Kristoffersen, Trine Stub, Ann Ragnhild Broderstad and Anne Helen Hansen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:341

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  3. Concerns have been raised regarding the efficacy and safety resulting from the potential interactions of herbs with Western medications due to the use of both herbs and Western medicine by the general public. ...

    Authors: Chang-Shiann Wu, Yu-Huai Chen, Chi-Liang Chen, Sheng-Kan Chien, Nailis Syifa, Yu-Chun Hung, Kai-Jen Cheng, Shu-Chin Hu, Pei-Tzu Lo, Shun-Yung Lin and Tzu-Hua Wu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:335

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  4. Weight gain is common after breast cancer (BC) treatment and may increase the risk of disease recurrence. Complementary medicine (CM) use is high amongst BC patients. This paper describes the use of CM from a ...

    Authors: Carolyn Ee, Adele Elizabeth Cave, Dhevaksha Naidoo and John Boyages

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:332

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  5. In recent years, acupuncture has been increasingly integrated into pediatric care worldwide. However, recent epidemiological studies about pediatric users of acupuncture are lacking. The current study aimed to...

    Authors: Chieh Wang, Yu-Chen Lee, Mei-Yao Wu, Cheng-Li Lin, Mao-Feng Sun, Jaung-Geng Lin and Hung-Rong Yen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:328

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  6. This study aimed to develop and validate scales to assess attitudes towards patient’ s use of TCM (APUTCM) and to measure a communicative competence in TCM (CCTCM) among nurses.

    Authors: Hsiao-Yun Chang, Chia-Lun Lo and Yun-Ying Hung

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:321

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  7. Patient-centered culturally sensitive health care (PC-CSHC) has emerged as a primary approach to health care. This care focuses on the cultural diversity of the patients rather than the views of the health car...

    Authors: Agnete E. Kristoffersen, Ann Ragnhild Broderstad, Frauke Musial and Trine Stub

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:305

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  8. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among infertile women is popular in many countries, including Korea. Previous research has repeatedly found more than half of infertile women surveyed use CAM t...

    Authors: Jung Hye Hwang, Yi Young Kim, Hyea Bin Im and Dongwoon Han

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:301

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  9. Both doctors’ and patients’ opinions are important in the process of treatment and healthcare of Chinese medicine. This study is to compare patients’ and doctors’ treatment satisfaction over the course of two ...

    Authors: Yanhong Zhang, Jiqian Fang, Wei Gao, Ying Han, Runshun Zhang, Liyun He and Baoyan Liu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:300

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  10. Traditional and complementary medicines (T&CM) are any form of medicine, practice, treatment, product, technology, knowledge system or ceremony outside of conventional medical practice that aims to prevent and...

    Authors: A. Gall, K. Anderson, J. Adams, V. Matthews and G. Garvey

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:259

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  11. Herbal and traditional medicines (HTM) are widely used in Asian countries. Specific data on prevalent of HTM usage and association with chronic diseases in the Thai population is currently lacking. We examined...

    Authors: Napatt Kanjanahattakij, Pakakrong Kwankhao, Prin Vathesatogkit, Nisakron Thongmung, Yingampa Gleebbua, Piyamitr Sritara and Chagriya Kitiyakara

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:258

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  12. While traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) is gaining increased interest worldwide, the structural factors associated with the usage of TCAM at the social level have not been sufficiently...

    Authors: Jimpei Misawa, Rie Ichikawa, Akiko Shibuya, Yukihiro Maeda, Ichiro Arai, Teruyoshi Hishiki and Yoshiaki Kondo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:251

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  13. Parents’ use of complementary health approaches (CHA) for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are common despite the uncertain evidence of its benefit. Parents often adopt CHA due to dissatisfaction w...

    Authors: Jun Jean Ong

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:250

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  14. Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), including vitamins, minerals, herbals, and other dietary supplements, is widespread in the United States (ranging from 24% in Hispanics to 50% in American I...

    Authors: Srujitha Marupuru, David Rhys Axon and Marion K. Slack

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:229

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  15. Skin diseases are a major health concern especially in association with human immune deficiency syndrome and acquired an immune deficiency. The aim of this study was to document the ethnomedicinal information ...

    Authors: Khafsa Malik, Mushtaq Ahmad, Muhammad Zafar, Riaz Ullah, Hafiz Majid Mahmood, Bushra Parveen, Neelam Rashid, Shazia Sultana, Syed Nasar Shah and Lubna

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:210

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  16. Self-directed learning is a student-centered approach based on the students’ evaluation about their own learning needs. Self-directed practice is a component of the self-directed learning which focus on achiev...

    Authors: Giandomenico D’Alessandro, Giacomo Consorti and Francesco Cerritelli

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:201

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  17. The rise in use of food supplements based on botanical ingredients (herbal supplements) is depicted as part of a trend empowering consumers to manage their day-to-day health needs, which presupposes access to ...

    Authors: Matthew Peacock, Mihaela Badea, Flavia Bruno, Lada Timotijevic, Martina Laccisaglia, Charo Hodgkins, Monique Raats and Bernadette Egan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:196

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  18. Infertility is considered one of the global public health problems and during human history, it is also considered one of the unsolved problems of the continuous human race. This study aimed to collect and doc...

    Authors: Nidal Jaradat and Abdel Naser Zaid

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:194

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  19. While yoga is increasingly used for health purposes, its safety has been questioned. The aim of this cross-sectional survey was to analyze yoga-associated adverse effects and their correlates.

    Authors: Holger Cramer, Daniela Quinker, Dania Schumann, Jon Wardle, Gustav Dobos and Romy Lauche

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:190

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  20. Community-dwelling persons with dementia commonly use dietary supplements (DS), often without receiving help with the administration. Patient safety is a concern, as DS-drug interactions and adverse events are...

    Authors: Hilde Risvoll, Frauke Musial, Kjell H. Halvorsen, Trude Giverhaug and Marit Waaseth

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:179

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  21. The use of essential oils is growing in the United States, but clinician attitudes, experience, and beliefs regarding their use have not previously been studied.

    Authors: Amy C. S. Pearson, Susanne M. Cutshall, W. Michael Hooten, Nancy J. Rodgers, Brent A. Bauer and Anjali Bhagra

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:174

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  22. Health supplement (HS) products that are available in the Emirate of Dubai (United Arab Emirates; UAE) contain chemicals that may adversely affect human health. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence o...

    Authors: Naseem Mohammed Abdulla, Faisal Aziz, Iain Blair, Michal Grivna, Balazs Adam and Tom Loney

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:172

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  23. The use of herbal medicine (HM) has become an essential form of treatment and it is more and more common around the world. Little is known about the reasons that drive people to initially use HM or to maintain...

    Authors: Alexandra N. Welz, Agnes Emberger-Klein and Klaus Menrad

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:170

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  24. Traditional medicine has always been Pakistan’s cultural heritage, providing health care to a large part of its population. Thus, we aimed to assess and compare the knowledge, attitude, and perception about co...

    Authors: Mariam Ashraf, Hamid Saeed, Zikria Saleem, Hassaan Anwer Rathore, Fawad Rasool, Eman Tahir, Tooba Bhatti, Javeria Khalid, Iqra Bhatti and Ayesha Tariq

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:95

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  25. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a rather novel issue within public healthcare and health policy-making. CAM use in Europe is widespread, patient-initiated, and patient-evaluated, and the regula...

    Authors: Anita Salamonsen and Solveig Wiesener

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:93

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  26. In 2011 there was a strengthening of European Union (EU) legislation on the licencing of herbal products which, in the UK, resulted in the introduction of the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) scheme. This...

    Authors: R. Dickinson, M. C. Kennedy, D. K. Raynor, P. Knapp, M. Thomas and E. Adami

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:85

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  27. Integrative and complementary health approaches (ICHA) are often pursued by patients facing chronic illnesses. Most of the studies that investigated the factors associated with ICHA consumption have considered...

    Authors: Fabrice Berna, Anja S. Göritz, Amaury Mengin, Renaud Evrard, Jacques Kopferschmitt and Steffen Moritz

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:83

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  28. Teaching Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in medical schools is becoming prevalent worldwide. Few studies have been conducted to evaluate medical students’ knowledge and attitude toward CAM. Theref...

    Authors: Ahmad M. Samara, Ethar R. Barabra, Hala N. Quzaih and Sa’ed H. Zyoud

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:78

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  29. Complementary Medicine (CM) continues to thrive across many countries. Closely related to the continuing popularity of CM has been an increased number of enrolments at CM education institutions across the publ...

    Authors: Alastair C. Gray, Amie Steel and Jon Adams

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:73

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  30. The use of medications, including herbal medicines during breastfeeding is always a concern among women. Currently, there is no published evidence on whether Sierra Leonean women use herbal medicine during bre...

    Authors: Peter Bai James, Angela Isata Kaikai, Abdulai Jawo Bah, Amie Steel and Jon Wardle

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:66

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  31. Herbal medicine has become the panacea for many rural pregnant women in Ghana despite the modern western antenatal care which has developed in most parts of the country. To our knowledge, previous studies inve...

    Authors: Prince Peprah, Williams Agyemang-Duah, Francis Arthur-Holmes, Hayford Isaac Budu, Emmanuel Mawuli Abalo, Reforce Okwei and Julius Nyonyo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:65

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  32. Access to and advice on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) are uncommon within Swedish conventional cancer care and little is known about cancer patients’ own use of CAM. The aim of this cross-sectio...

    Authors: Kathrin Wode, Roger Henriksson, Lena Sharp, Anna Stoltenberg and Johanna Hök Nordberg

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:62

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  33. Endometriosis has a significant negative impact on the lives of women, and current medical treatments often do not give sufficient pain relief or have intolerable side effects for many women. The majority of w...

    Authors: Mike Armour, Justin Sinclair, K. Jane Chalmers and Caroline A. Smith

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:17

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  34. The use of alternative medicines and dietary supplements is constantly changing, as are dietary habits. One example of this phenomenon is the current popularity of ginger products as an everyday health boost. ...

    Authors: Tabia Volqvartz, Anna Louise Vestergaard, Sissel Kramer Aagaard, Mette Findal Andreasen, Iana Lesnikova, Niels Uldbjerg, Agnete Larsen and Pinar Bor

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:5

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  35. Obese and overweight individuals have greater illness and disease burden, but previous findings from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) suggest that they are no more likely to use complementary h...

    Authors: Dawn M. Upchurch, Linghui Liang and Fuschia M. Sirois

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:339

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  36. Research on the health effects of probiotics continues to grow, but less is known about consumers’ perceptions of probiotic products and their health effects, and the impact of these perceptions on consumption...

    Authors: S. S. Andersen, K. F. Michaelsen, R. P. Laursen and L. Holm

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:336

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  37. Herbal medicines in pregnancy are increasingly used worldwide with prevalence of up to 67%. Although this popularity is mainly because of the common belief that these medicines are safe, recent reports suggest...

    Authors: Mansoor Ahmed, Jung Hye Hwang, Mohammad Ashraful Hasan and Dongwoon Han

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:333

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  38. Biologically-based complementary medicines (BB-CAM) including herbs and nutritional supplements are frequently taken by breast- and gynecological cancer patients undergoing systemic therapy. The aim of this st...

    Authors: Loisa Drozdoff, Evelyn Klein, Marion Kiechle and Daniela Paepke

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:259

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  39. Non-pharmacological therapies and practices are commonly used for both health maintenance and management of chronic disease. Patterns and reasons for use of health practices may identify clinically meaningful ...

    Authors: Melvin T. Donaldson, Melissa A. Polusny, Rich F. MacLehose, Elizabeth S. Goldsmith, Emily M. Hagel Campbell, Lynsey R. Miron, Paul D. Thuras and Erin E. Krebs

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:246

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  40. Alcohol is consumed almost worldwide and is the most widely used recreational drug in the world. Harmful use of alcohol is known to cause a large disease-, social- and economic burden on society. Only a few st...

    Authors: Kristina Sivertsen, Marko Lukic and Agnete E. Kristoffersen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:239

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  41. In Korea, there are two types of medical doctors: one practises conventional medicine (hereafter called a physician), and the other practises traditional medicine (hereafter called a Korean medical doctor). Th...

    Authors: Ju Ah Lee, Yui Sasaki, Ichiro Arai, Ho-Yeon Go, Sunju Park, Keiko Yukawa, Yun Kung Nam, Seong-Gyu Ko, Yoshiharu Motoo, Kiichiro Tsutani and Myeong Soo Lee

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:238

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  42. The prevalence of complementary medicine use in pregnancy and lactation has been increasingly noted internationally. This systematic review aimed to determine the complementary medicine products (CMPs) used in...

    Authors: Larisa Ariadne Justine Barnes, Lesley Barclay, Kirsten McCaffery and Parisa Aslani

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:229

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  43. In China, demands for disease prevention and health care and the prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases have increased. TCM and general hospitals are increasingly utilizing TCM strategies for chronic ...

    Authors: Xiaoqing Fan, Fanli Meng, Dahui Wang, Qing Guo, Zhuoyu Ji, Lei Yang and Atsushi Ogihara

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:209

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:26

  44. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used by Chinese patients and in many other countries worldwide. However, epidemiological reports and prescription patterns on children are few.

    Authors: Hwey-Fang Liang, Yao-Hsu Yang, Pau-Chung Chen, Hsing-Chun Kuo, Chia-Hao Chang, Ying-Hsiang Wang and Kuang-Ming Wu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:191

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  45. In contrast to the guidelines of World Health Organization (WHO) and United States-Centers for Disease Control and prevention (US-CDC), the Chinese national guidelines recommend the use of steroids, intravenou...

    Authors: Dangui Zhang, Jieling Chen and William Ba-Thein

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:190

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  46. The use of herbal medicines during pregnancy is very high globally and previous studies have pointed out possible associations with adverse pregnancy outcomes. Nevertheless, the safety of herbal medicines in p...

    Authors: Collins Zamawe, Carina King, Hannah Maria Jennings and Edward Fottrell

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:166

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  47. Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are sometimes used by individuals who desire to improve the outcomes of their fertility treatment and/or mental health during fertility treatment. However, there i...

    Authors: Skye A. Miner, Stephanie Robins, Yu Jia Zhu, Kathelijne Keeren, Vivian Gu, Suzanne C. Read and Phyllis Zelkowitz

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:158

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  48. Few studies have investigated the prevalence and characteristics of potentially inappropriate Kampo medication use among elderly ambulatory patients taking any prescribed Kampo medications.

    Authors: Junpei Komagamine and Kazuhiko Hagane

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:155

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  49. The significant use of traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) by cancer survivors is well documented. The aim of this study was to explore cancer survivors’ views on integrating T&CM services with conve...

    Authors: Jennifer Hunter, Jane Ussher, Chloe Parton, Andrew Kellett, Caroline Smith, Geoff Delaney and Eleanor Oyston

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:153

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  50. There is limited research regarding patients’ profiles and consumer attitudes and habits of osteopathy in Spain. The purpose of this study was to profile patients who regularly receive osteopathic care in Spai...

    Authors: Gerard Alvarez Bustins, Pedro-Victor López Plaza and Sonia Roura Carvajal

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:129

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