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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

    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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  9. 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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    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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  11. 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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  12. 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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    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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Content type: Research article

    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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  20. Content type: Research article

    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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  21. Content type: Research article

    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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  22. Content type: Research article

    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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  23. Content type: Research article

    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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  24. Content type: Research article

    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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  25. Content type: Research article

    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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  26. Content type: Research article

    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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  27. Content type: Research article

    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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  28. Content type: Research article

    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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  29. Content type: Research article

    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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  30. Content type: Research article

    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and herbal therapies, are accepted worldwide, and have been important from medical, sociological and economic perspectives, among haemodialysis (HD) patients. The ...

    Authors: Sa’ed H. Zyoud, Samah W. Al-Jabi, Waleed M Sweileh, Ghada H. Tabeeb, Nora A. Ayaseh, Mayas N. Sawafta, Razan L. Khdeir, Diana O. Mezyed, Dala N. Daraghmeh and Rahmat Awang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:204

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Due to the lack of strong evidence on safety and efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches, the use of CAM in women during pregnancy could be hazardous for mother and fetus. Meanwhile...

    Authors: Jung Hye Hwang, Yu-Rim Kim, Mansoor Ahmed, Soojeung Choi, Nihad Qasim Al-Hammadi, Nameer Muhammad Widad and Dongwoon Han

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:191

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  32. Content type: Research article

    There is increasing evidence that complementary medicine (CM) services are being used by a substantial proportion of the Australian population and this topic has attracted keen interest from primary health car...

    Authors: Rebecca Reid, Amie Steel, Jon Wardle, Andrea Trubody and Jon Adams

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:176

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Atopic dermatitis among children is an important issue due to relapses and skin manifestations. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is commonly used to treat children with atopic dermatitis. The aim of this stu...

    Authors: Yu-Chun Chen, Yi-Hsuan Lin, Sindy Hu and Hsing-Yu Chen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:173

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The use of complementary and alternative medicine including herbal medicine is increasing in many countries including Ghana. However, there is paucity of research on the perspectives of patrons of herbal medic...

    Authors: Lydia Aziato and Hannah Ohemeng Antwi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:142

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  35. Content type: Research article

    To assess the prevalence of cyclic perimenstrual pain and discomfort and to detail the pattern of complementary and alternative (CAM) use adopted by women for the treatment of these symptoms.

    Authors: Carole Fisher, Jon Adams, Louise Hickman and David Sibbritt

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:129

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The roll out of antiretroviral therapy in the South African public health sector in 2004 was preceded by the politicisation of HIV-infection which was used to promote traditional medicine for the management of...

    Authors: Manimbulu Nlooto and Panjasaram Naidoo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:128

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of the study was to compare utilization of conventional psychotropic drugs among patients seeking care for anxiety and depression disorders (ADDs) from general practitioners (GPs) who strictly pres...

    Authors: Lamiae Grimaldi-Bensouda, Lucien Abenhaim, Jacques Massol, Didier Guillemot, Bernard Avouac, Gerard Duru, France Lert, Anne-Marie Magnier, Michel Rossignol, Frederic Rouillon and Bernard Begaud

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:125

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  38. Content type: Research article

    CAM inclusion into the curricula of health training institutions, a strategy for its integration into the main stream healthcare delivery system is growing globally. Future healthcare professionals knowledge a...

    Authors: Peter Bai James, Abdulai Jawo Bah and Idrissa Momoh Kondorvoh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:121

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The use of herbal medicines for health prevention and ailments is an increasing trend worldwide. Women in pregnancy are no exception; the reported prevalence of herbal medicine use in pregnancy ranges from 1 t...

    Authors: D. A. Kennedy, A. Lupattelli, G. Koren and H. Nordeng

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:102

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of our study was to determine the prevalence of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) use in patients with chronic diseases in lower Mekong countries.

    Authors: Karl Peltzer, Supa Pengpid, Apa Puckpinyo, Siyan Yi and Le Vu Anh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:92

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widespread but has various utilization rates according to country and the condition of patients. Generally, CAM is more frequently used in diseases that have no ...

    Authors: Min-Jeong Jeong, Hye-Yoon Lee, Jung-Hwa Lim and Young-Ju Yun

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:91

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Almost half of the patients with gout are not prescribed urate-lowering therapy (ULT) by their health care provider and >50 % use complementary and alternative therapies. Diet modification is popular among gou...

    Authors: Jasvinder A. Singh, Nipam Shah and N. Lawrence Edwards

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:90

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Ayurveda has its historical roots in India, but has also been internationalised, partly via migration and partly through an increased interest in alternative medicine in the West, where studies point toward in...

    Authors: Maria Niemi and Göran Ståhle

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:62

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health condition in Australia. In addition, there are many people who experience problematic anxiety symptoms who do not receive an anxiety disorder diagnosis bu...

    Authors: Erica McIntyre, Anthony J. Saliba, Karl K. Wiener and Jerome Sarris

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:60

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Traditional medicine (TM) still plays an important role in a number of health care systems around the world, especially across Asian and African countries. In Vietnam, however, little is known about preference...

    Authors: Bach Xuan Tran, Ngan Kim Nguyen, Lan Phuong Nguyen, Cuong Tat Nguyen, Vuong Minh Nong and Long Hoang Nguyen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:48

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  46. Content type: Research article

    In Malaysia, the number of reported cases of dengue fever demonstrates an increasing trend. Since dengue fever has no vaccine or antiviral treatment available, it has become a burden. Complementary and alterna...

    Authors: SiewMooi Ching, Vasudevan Ramachandran, Lai Teck Gew, Sazlyna Mohd Sazlly Lim, Wan Aliaa Wan Sulaiman, Yoke Loong Foo, Zainul Amiruddin Zakaria, Nurul Huda Samsudin, Paul Chih Ming Chih Lau, Sajesh K. Veettil and Fankee Hoo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:37

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  47. Content type: Research article

    The dental filling material amalgam is generally well tolerated. However, a small proportion of dental patients experience health complaints which they attribute to amalgam. The symptom pattern is often simila...

    Authors: Agnete E. Kristoffersen, Frauke Musial, Harald J. Hamre, Lars Björkman, Trine Stub, Anita Salamonsen and Terje Alræk

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:22

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) comprises a variety of health care systems, practices, and products that are not usually thought to be part of allopathic medicine. This study investigated the pare...

    Authors: Ghulam Mustafa, Nadir Bashir and Muhammad Aslam

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:14

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