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BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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

    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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  3. Content type: Research article

    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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  4. Content type: Research article

    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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  5. Content type: Research article

    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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  6. Content type: Research article

    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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  7. Content type: Research article

    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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  8. Content type: Research article

    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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  9. Content type: Research article

    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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  10. Content type: Research article

    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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  11. Content type: Research article

    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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  12. Content type: Research article

    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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  13. Content type: Research article

    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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  14. Content type: Research article

    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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  15. Content type: Research article

    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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  16. Content type: Research article

    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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  17. Content type: Research article

    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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  18. Content type: Research article

    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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  19. Content type: Research article

    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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  20. Content type: Research article

    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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