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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. Content type: Research article

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) is seen as a way to provide healthcare in both developed and developing countries across the world. In Cambodia, there is a long tradition of using TC...

    Authors: Hattie Pearson, Tyler Fleming, Pheak Chhoun, Sovannary Tuot, Carinne Brody and Siyan Yi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:114

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    Intentional use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has previously only been researched in small, possibly biased, samples. There seems to be a lack of scientific information regarding healthy indi...

    Authors: Agnete E. Kristoffersen, Trine Stub, Frauke Musial, Vinjar Fønnebø, Ola Lillenes and Arne Johan Norheim

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:109

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    The use of herbal medicine, as one element of complementary and alternative medicine, is increasing worldwide. Little is known about the reasons for and factors associated with its use. This study derives insi...

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

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:92

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    The aim of this study was to investigate autism spectrum disorder (ASD) clinical practice patterns of Korean medicine doctors (KMDs) through questionnaire survey.

    Authors: Jihong Lee, Sun Haeng Lee, Boram Lee, In Jun Yang and Gyu Tae Chang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:90

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    A significant proportion of cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) along with conventional therapies (CT), whereas a smaller proportion delay or defer CT in favor of CAM. Previous stu...

    Authors: Khadega A. Abuelgasim, Yousef Alsharhan, Tariq Alenzi, Abdulaziz Alhazzani, Yosra Z. Ali and Abdul Rahman Jazieh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:88

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    Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) patients are increasingly using herbal remedies due to the fact that sticking to the therapeutic regimens is becoming awkward. However, studies towards herbal medicine use by di...

    Authors: Abebe Basazn Mekuria, Sewunet Admasu Belachew, Henok Getachew Tegegn, Dawit Simegnew Ali, Adeladlew Kassie Netere, Eskedar Lemlemu and Daniel Asfaw Erku

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 18:85

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    The ready availability and use of dietary supplements (DS) by the public means that healthcare professionals require education in this area. In the Republic of Serbia, education related to use of DS is include...

    Authors: Z. Stanojević-Ristić, S. Stević, J. Rašić, D. Valjarević, M. Dejanović and A. Valjarević

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:527

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    High prevalence of herbal medicines used in pregnancy and the lack of information on their safety is a public concern. Despite this, no significant research has been done regarding potential adverse effects of...

    Authors: Mansoor Ahmed, Jung Hye Hwang, Soojeung Choi and Dongwoon Han

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:489

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    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) substantially contributes to the burden of disease and health care provision in sub-Saharan Africa, where traditional healers play a major role in care, due to both their acc...

    Authors: Carolyn M. Audet, Sizzy Ngobeni and Ryan G. Wagner

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:434

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    Many patients with gynecological disorders seek traditional medicine consultations in Asian countries. This study intended to investigate the utilization of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in patients with ...

    Authors: Yi-Rong Lin, Mei-Yao Wu, Jen-Huai Chiang, Hung-Rong Yen and Su-Tso Yang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:427

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    There is a paucity of literature describing traditional health practices and beliefs of African women. The purpose of this study was to undertake a systematic review of the use of traditional medicine (TM) to ...

    Authors: Zewdneh Shewamene, Tinashe Dune and Caroline A. Smith

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:382

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    Natural products have many uses and purposes, including those linked to pharmaceutics and cosmetics. The aim of this study was to investigate the use of natural remedies for the treatment of hair and scalp dis...

    Authors: Abdel Naser Zaid, Nidal Amin Jaradat, Ahmad Mustafa Eid, Hamzeh Al Zabadi, Abdulsalam Alkaiyat and Saja Adam Darwish

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:355

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    Sophisticated conventional medicine (CM) has brought significant advances to cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. However, many cancer patients still turn to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM...

    Authors: Mandreker Bahall

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:345

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    Despite a growing body of scientific literature exploring the nature of meditation there is limited information on the characteristics of individuals who use it. This is particularly true of comparative studie...

    Authors: Adam Burke, Chun Nok Lam, Barbara Stussman and Hui Yang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:316

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    While complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is commonly used in the United States and elsewhere, and hazardous interactions with prescription drugs can occur, patients do not regularly communicate with ...

    Authors: Carrie M. Christensen, Rebecca S. Morris, Seraphine Chepkemoi Kapsandoy, Melissa Archer, Jinqiu Kuang, Laura Shane-McWhorter, Bruce E. Bray and Qing Zeng-Treitler

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:272

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    Throughout history, every civilization in the world used plants or their derivatives for treatment or prevention of diseases. In Palestine as in many other countries, herbal medicines are broadly used in the t...

    Authors: Nidal Amin Jaradat, Abdel Naser Zaid, Rowa Al-Ramahi, Malik A. Alqub, Fatima Hussein, Zakaria Hamdan, Mahmoud Mustafa, Mohammad Qneibi and Iyad Ali

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:255

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    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) is frequently provided to HCC patients. The aim of this study was to understand the p...

    Authors: Chin-Tsung Ting, Chian-Jue Kuo, Hsiao-Yun Hu, Ya-Ling Lee and Tung-Hu Tsai

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:118

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    Over the past 50 years, there has been an increase in the utilization of prescribed, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and natural health products. Although it is known that medication use is common among ol...

    Authors: Tania Pannu, Sarah Sharkey, Grazyna Burek, Daniela Cretu, Michael D. Hill, David B. Hogan and Marc J. Poulin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:105

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    Improving maternal and child health is one of the public health priorities in several African countries including Ethiopia. However, research on herbal medicine use during pregnancy is scarce in Ethiopia. The ...

    Authors: Abebe Basazn Mekuria, Daniel Asfaw Erku, Begashaw Melaku Gebresillassie, Eshetie Melese Birru, Balem Tizazu and Alima Ahmedin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:86

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    Dietary supplements (DSs) can be purchased over-the-counter but may also be prescribed by medical personnel for specific therapeutic reasons. Few studies have examined this latter source of DSs despite the fac...

    Authors: Joseph J. Knapik, Rosenie T. Jean, Krista G. Austin, Ryan A. Steelman, Emily K. Farina and Harris R. Lieberman

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:84

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    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is popular in former Soviet Central Asian countries including Mongolia. However, no studies are available on CAM use among patients with cancer in countries of ...

    Authors: Buyadaa Oyunchimeg, Jung Hye Hwang, Mansoor Ahmed, Soojeung Choi and Dongwoon Han

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:58

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    This study aims to investigate community pharmacist’s perception on the provision of over-the-counter (OTC) traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) pharmaceutical services; focusing on the areas of their attitude, ...

    Authors: Menghuan Song, Carolina Oi Lam Ung, Vivian Wing-yan Lee, Yuanjia Hu, Jing Zhao, Peng Li and Hao Hu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:9

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    Acupuncture is a popular form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), but it is not clear why patients do (or do not) follow acupuncturists’ treatment recommendations. This study aimed to investigate ...

    Authors: Felicity L. Bishop, Lucy Yardley, Cyrus Cooper, Paul Little and George Lewith

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:5

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    Psoriasis is a frequent skin inflammatory disorder that inflicts millions of patients around the globe. To meet their healthcare needs, patients with psoriasis often seek treatment outside the allopathic parad...

    Authors: Ramzi Shawahna and Nidal Amin Jaradat

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:4

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    Depression has been identified as one of the most frequent predictors of CAM use. However, limited data exist about the use of CAM providers among people with anxiety/depression in Norway. The aim of this stud...

    Authors: Anne Helen Hansen and Agnete E. Kristoffersen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:461

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    The PRISMA statement was rarely used in the field of acupuncture, possibly because of knowledge gaps and the lack of items tailored for characteristics of acupuncture. And with an increasing number of systemat...

    Authors: Xiue Shi, Xiaoqin Wang, Yali Liu, Xiuxia Li, Dang Wei, Xu Zhao, Jing Gu and Kehu Yang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:455

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    Despite their worldwide popularity the question of using non-conventional treatments is a source of controversy among medical professionals. Although these methods may have potential benefits it presents a pro...

    Authors: Sándor Árpád Soós, Norbert Jeszenői, Katalin Darvas and László Harsányi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:443

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    Various studies have shown that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) especially diabetes and hypertension are prevalent among older women living in South African urban areas, placing a heavy burden on the healthca...

    Authors: O. M. Aboyade, R. Beauclair, O. N. Mbamalu, T. R. Puoane and G. D. Hughes

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:410

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    In Germany, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in primary health care is offered by general practitioners (GPs) and by natural health practitioners, so called ‘Heilpraktiker’ (HPs). Considering the s...

    Authors: Katja Krug, Katharina I. Kraus, Kathrin Herrmann and Stefanie Joos

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:409

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    Cancer is a major disease worldwide, and many patients use complementary and alternative treatments. The purpose of this study was to identify the herbal remedies and functional foods used as complementary med...

    Authors: Yuri N. Clement, Varune Mahase, Annelise Jagroop, Kelly Kissoon, Aarti Maharaj, Prashant Mathura, Chrys Mc Quan, Divya Ramadhin and Cherrista Mohammed

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:399

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    Communication between different health care providers (conventional and complementary) and cancer patients about their use of complementary therapies affects the health and safety of the patients. The aim of t...

    Authors: Trine Stub, Sara A. Quandt, Thomas A. Arcury, Joanne C. Sandberg, Agnete E. Kristoffersen, Frauke Musial and Anita Salamonsen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:353

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    Acupuncture is considered a complementary and alternative medicine in many countries. The purpose of this study was to report the pattern of acupuncture use and associated factors in patients with stroke.

    Authors: Shu-Wen Weng, Ta-Liang Chen, Chun-Chieh Yeh, Chien-Chang Liao, Hsin-Long Lane, Jaung-Geng Lin and Chun-Chuan Shih

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:321

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    Traditional health practitioners (THPs) play a vital role in the health care of the majority of the South African population and elsewhere on the African continent. However, many studies have challenged the ro...

    Authors: Thembelihle Zuma, Daniel Wight, Tamsen Rochat and Mosa Moshabela

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:304

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    Pharmacopuncture is a relatively new acupuncture therapy combining acupuncture with herbal medicine. While pharmacopuncture is applied extensively in Korean medicine treatment, there are no clinical reports re...

    Authors: Yoon Jae Lee, Joon-Shik Shin, Jinho Lee, Me-riong Kim, Ki Byung Park, Hwa Dong Lee, Yoonmi Lee, Jungwan Hong and In-Hyuk Ha

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:292

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    Diabetes is a growing burden in sub-Saharan Africa where traditional medicines (TMs) remain a primary form of healthcare in many settings. In Tanzania, TMs are frequently used to treat non-communicable disease...

    Authors: Joseph Lunyera, Daphne Wang, Venance Maro, Francis Karia, David Boyd, Justin Omolo, Uptal D. Patel and John W. Stanifer

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:282

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    Obesity is increasing worldwide and weight-control strategies, including the consumption of plant food supplements (PFS), are proliferating. This article identifies the herbal ingredients in PFS consumed for w...

    Authors: Alicia Garcia-Alvarez, Raimon Mila-Villarroel, Lourdes Ribas-Barba, Bernadette Egan, Mihaela Badea, Franco M. Maggi, Maija Salmenhaara, Patrizia Restani and Lluis Serra-Majem

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:254

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    It is estimated that over half of the adult U.S. population currently has one or more chronic conditions, resulting in up to an estimated $1,600 in productivity loss annually for each employee with chronic dis...

    Authors: Jennifer Mongiovi, Zaixing Shi and Heather Greenlee

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:248

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    Evidence-based practice (EBP) gaps are widespread across health disciplines. Understanding factors supporting the uptake of evidence can inform the design of strategies to narrow these EBP gaps. Although resea...

    Authors: André E. Bussières, Fadi Al Zoubi, Kent Stuber, Simon D. French, Jill Boruff, John Corrigan and Aliki Thomas

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:216

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