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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

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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