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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Though traditional Korean medicine plays an important role in the Korean parallel health care system, there is limited information about the preference and usage of traditional Korean medicine compared to West...

    Authors: In-Hwan Oh, Seok-Jun Yoon, Minjung Park and SoHee An

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:141

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  5. Despite the popularity of naturopathic and herbal medicine in New Zealand there remains limited data on New Zealand-based naturopathic and herbal medicine practice.

    Authors: Phillip Cottingham, Jon Adams, Ram Vempati, Jill Dunn and David Sibbritt

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:114

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  6. The use and value of different complementary therapies requires investigation. In particular, qualitative research is required to understand the perceptions and experiences of patients who undergo healing ther...

    Authors: Andrew Soundy, Rhonda T Lee, Tom Kingstone, Sukhdev Singh, Pankaj R Shah and Lesley Roberts

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:106

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:326

  7. Traditional medicine (TM) has been established as a two-edged sword. On one edge numerous forms of TM have been proven safe and effective, while on the other edge various modes of TM have been shown to be futi...

    Authors: Yousef Mohammad, Ahmed Al-Ahmari, Fahad Al-Dashash, Fawaz Al-Hussain, Firas Al-Masnour, Abdullah Masoud and Hoda Jradi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:102

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  8. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been practiced for centuries owing to the absence or limited availability of conventional medicine. CAM has persisted globally with over USD34 billion spent ann...

    Authors: Mandreker Bahall and Mark Edwards

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:99

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  9. Menopause is a natural phase in a woman’s aging process, characterized by the cessation of menstruation. Women who are going through the menopause transition can experience physiological symptoms that signific...

    Authors: Jennifer Croden, Sue Ross, Nese Yuksel and Beate C Sydora

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:86

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  10. The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widespread among children in Germany and other European countries. Only a few studies are available on trends in pediatric CAM use over time. The stud...

    Authors: Salvatore Italia, Helmut Brand, Joachim Heinrich, Dietrich Berdel, Andrea von Berg and Silke Britta Wolfenstetter

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:49

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  11. Historically, alongside regulatory and jurisdictional differences in scope of practices, practice patterns of naturopathic doctors (NDs) have varied widely to promote holistic or whole-person treatment using a...

    Authors: Deborah A Kennedy, Bob Bernhardt, Tara Snyder, Viviana Bancu and Kieran Cooley

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:37

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  12. The relationship between patient expectations about a treatment and the treatment outcomes, particularly for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies, is not well understood. Using qualitative da...

    Authors: Emery R Eaves, Karen J Sherman, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Clarissa Hsu, Mark Nichter, Judith A Turner and Daniel C Cherkin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:12

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  13. In 2011 there were 5.5 million HIV infected people in South Africa and 71% of those requiring antiretroviral therapy (ART) received it. The effective integration of traditional medical practitioners and biomed...

    Authors: Paul Mee, Ryan G Wagner, Francesc Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Chodziwadziwa Kabudula, Kathleen Kahn, Sangeetha Madhavan, Mark Collinson, Peter Byass and Stephen M Tollman

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:504

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  14. Despite a high prevalence of herbal and dietary supplement use (HDS) in pre-dialysis patients, the reasons are unknown as to why they decide to use HDS. Objectives of the cross-sectional and qualitative studie...

    Authors: Mayuree Tangkiatkumjai, Helen Boardman, Kearkiat Praditpornsilpa and Dawn-Marie Walker

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:473

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  15. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex reproductive endocrinopathy affecting up to 20% of reproductive aged women. Whilst there are effective pharmaceutical treatment options, women with PCOS have expre...

    Authors: Susan Arentz, Caroline Anne Smith, Jason Anthony Abbott and Alan Bensoussan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:472

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  16. Self-reported use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) varies widely from 10% to 75% in the general populations worldwide. When limited to use of a CAM provider 2% to 49% reported use is found. CAM ...

    Authors: Agnete E Kristoffersen, Trine Stub, Anita Salamonsen, Frauke Musial and Katarina Hamberg

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:463

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  17. The widespread use of CAM around the world requires health professionals including pharmacists to have the required knowledge to better advise their patients. This has lead to an increased need for the inclusi...

    Authors: Peter B James and Abdulai J Bah

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:438

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  18. Traditional Korean medicine (TKM) is acknowledged to be prevalent among the Korean public, but few follow-up studies are available to confirm this commonly held belief. Whereas most survey studies have focused...

    Authors: Jong-Min Woo, Eun-Ji Park, Minhee Lee, Miyoung Ahn, Soohyun Kwon and Ki Hoon Koo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:436

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  19. Maternal health is a public health priority in many African countries, but little is known about herbal medicine use in pregnancy. This study aimed to determine the pattern of use of herbal medicine in an urba...

    Authors: Mamothena Carol Mothupi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:432

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  20. The inclusion of prayer-for-health (PFH) in the definition of complementary alternative medicine (CAM) has resulted in higher levels of CAM use. The objective of this study was to assess PFH and CAM use among ...

    Authors: Ping Lei Chui, Khatijah Lim Abdullah, Li Ping Wong and Nur Aishah Taib

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:425

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  21. The use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is increasing. Although CAM often improves patients’ well-being, it can also lead to side-effects and interactions wi...

    Authors: Annelie Lindberg, Bjöörn Fossum, Per Karlen and Lena Oxelmark

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:407

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  22. Although studies have shown that a large proportion of cancer patients use CAM, no study on CAM use amongst orthopaedic oncology patients has been published. Therefore, this study aims to determine the prevale...

    Authors: Amreeta Dhanoa, Tze Lek Yong, Stephanie Jin Leng Yeap, Isaac Shi Zhung Lee and Vivek Ajit Singh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:404

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  23. Little is known about the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for colorectal cancer, despite the high incidence of colorectal cancer and the frequency of CAM use for cancer-related symptoms. Th...

    Authors: Nina Nissen, Anita Lunde, Christina Gundgaard Pedersen and Helle Johannessen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:388

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  24. The incidence of chronic illnesses has increased worldwide. Diabetes is one such illness and 80% of the diabetic population lives in the developing world. There is a rapidly growing trend towards the use of Co...

    Authors: Arjuna B Medagama, Ruwanthi Bandara, Rajitha A Abeysekera, Buddhini Imbulpitiya and Thamudika Pushpakumari

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:374

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  25. Probiotic products that may modify the intestinal microbiota are becoming increasingly available and known to consumers due to their potential to prevent or treat many pediatric health conditions. As scientifi...

    Authors: Sarah L Bridgman, Meghan B Azad, Catherine J Field, Nicole Letourneau, David W Johnston, Bonnie J Kaplan and Anita L Kozyrskyj

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:366

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  26. There is growing interest in the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) throughout the world, however previous research done in Japan has focused primarily on CAM use in major cities. The purpose ...

    Authors: Gregory Shumer, Sara Warber, Satoko Motohara, Ayaka Yajima, Melissa Plegue, Matthew Bialko, Tomoko Iida, Kiyoshi Sano, Masaki Amenomori, Tsukasa Tsuda and Michael D Fetters

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:360

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  27. Acupuncture is an effective complement to pharmacological therapy in the alleviation of chronic pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). It has mild or no side effects; however, a minimum of 3 months of therapy is r...

    Authors: Yudan Liang and Dongfang Gong

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:345

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  28. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widely used in Germany, with some treatments eligible for health insurance reimbursements. CAM encourages patients to play an active role in their healing proces...

    Authors: Lena Schützler and Claudia M Witt

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:320

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  29. Positive patient expectations are often believed to be associated with greater benefits from complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments. However, clinical studies of CAM treatments for chronic pai...

    Authors: Clarissa Hsu, Karen J Sherman, Emery R Eaves, Judith A Turner, Daniel C Cherkin, DeAnn Cromp, Lisa Schafer and Cheryl Ritenbaugh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:276

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  30. Use of food supplements-containing phytoestrogens among postmenopausal women is rapidly increasing. Although phytoestrogens are often perceived as safe, evidence for overall positive risk-benefit profile is st...

    Authors: Anna Girardi, Carlo Piccinni, Emanuel Raschi, Ariola Koci, Benedetta Vitamia, Elisabetta Poluzzi and Fabrizio De Ponti

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:262

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  31. Limited research has been conducted on contemporary spiritual healing in European countries. The aim of this article is to report how German healers and their clients experienced and perceived the outcomes of ...

    Authors: Michael Teut, Barbara Stöckigt, Christine Holmberg, Florian Besch, Claudia M Witt and Florian Jeserich

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:240

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  32. Germany is a country with a high use of herbal medicinal products. Population-based data on the use of herbal medicinal products among children are lacking. The aim of this study is to investigate the prevalen...

    Authors: Yong Du, Ingrid-Katharina Wolf, Wanli Zhuang, Stefanie Bodemann, Werner Knöss and Hildtraud Knopf

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:218

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  33. Some herbal galactagogues have gained reputation and recognition by the public and health professionals as alternative approaches to increase breast milk supply. This study explores the perspectives and attitu...

    Authors: Tin Fei Sim, H Laetitia Hattingh, Jillian Sherriff and Lisa B G Tee

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:216

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  34. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) occurs in women during their reproductive age with a quite negative impact on their daily lives. Women with PMS experience a wide range of physical or psychological symptoms and see...

    Authors: Hsing-Yu Chen, Ben-Shian Huang, Yi-Hsuan Lin, Irene H Su, Sien-Hung Yang, Jiun-Liang Chen, Jen-Wu Huang and Yu-Chun Chen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:206

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  35. While depression is frequently managed by general practitioners, often patients self-manage these symptoms with alternative therapies, including St John’s wort (SJW). We tested whether use of SJW was associate...

    Authors: Marie Pirotta, Konstancja Densley, Kirsty Forsdike, Meg Carter and Jane Gunn

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:204

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  36. Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) are increasingly using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies due to difficulty in adhering to the therapeutic regimens and lifestyle changes neces...

    Authors: Farah Naja, Dana Mousa, Mohamad Alameddine, Hikma Shoaib, Leila Itani and Yara Mourad

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:185

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  37. The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of cancer patients’ utilising complementary and integrative therapies (CIT) within integrative oncology centres across Western Australia.

    Authors: Bonnie J Furzer, Anna S Petterson, Kemi E Wright, Karen E Wallman, Timothy R Ackland and David JL Joske

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:158

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  38. Although a number of studies have been conducted on the prevalence of dietary supplement (DS) use in military personnel, these investigations have not been previously summarized. This article provides a system...

    Authors: Joseph J Knapik, Ryan A Steelman, Sally S Hoedebecke, Emily K Farina, Krista G Austin and Harris R Lieberman

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:143

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  39. The use of complementary alternative medicine (CAM) is potentially prevalent among paediatric patients with chronic diseases but with variable rates among different age groups, diseases and countries. There ar...

    Authors: Pauliina Nousiainen, Laura Merras-Salmio, Kristiina Aalto and Kaija-Leena Kolho

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:124

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  40. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), reproductive health problems are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality for women in Africa. In spite of this scenario and the importance of plants in Af...

    Authors: Alexandra M Towns and Tinde van Andel

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:113

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  41. There has been a global rise in the use of natural health products (NHPs). Proper regulation of NHPs is pivotal to ensure good quality control standards, enhance consumers' safety and facilitate their integrat...

    Authors: Abdelmoneim Awad and Dana Al-Shaye

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:105

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  42. Race has been reported to affect the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), but there is very little research on the use of CAM by ethnicity in Korea. This study explores the prevalence of CAM us...

    Authors: Jung Hye Hwang, Dong Woon Han, Eun Kyung Yoo and Woon-Yong Kim

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:103

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  43. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been commonly used for treating osteoarthritis in Asia for centuries. This study aimed to conduct a large-scale pharmaco-epidemiologic study and evaluate the frequency and pat...

    Authors: Fang-Pey Chen, Ching-Mao Chang, Shinn-Jang Hwang, Yu-Chun Chen and Fun-Jou Chen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:91

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  44. The National Institutes of Health reported in 2007 that approximately 38% of United States adults have used at least one type of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). There are no studies available tha...

    Authors: Lisa Strouss, Amy Mackley, Ursula Guillen, David A Paul and Robert Locke

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:85

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  45. Most users of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) combine it with conventional medicine. Recent risk assessment studies have shown risks of negative interactions between CAM and conventional medicine,...

    Authors: Lasse Skovgaard, Inge Kryger Pedersen and Marja Verhoef

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:59

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  46. Chronic insomnia is a major public health problem affecting approximately 10% of adults. Use of meditation and yoga to develop mindful awareness (‘mindfulness training’) may be an effective approach to treat c...

    Authors: Amber Hubbling, Maryanne Reilly-Spong, Mary Jo Kreitzer and Cynthia R Gross

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:50

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  47. The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widespread and high utilization rates are associated with people who have chronic conditions like hypertension which management requires adherence to ...

    Authors: Irene A Kretchy, Frances Owusu-Daaku and Samuel Danquah

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:44

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