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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

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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