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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

    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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  6. Content type: Research article

    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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    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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    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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  9. Content type: Research article

    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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  10. Content type: Research article

    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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  11. Content type: Research article

    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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    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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  13. Content type: Research article

    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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  14. Content type: Research article

    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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    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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  16. Content type: Research article

    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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  17. Content type: Research article

    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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  18. Content type: Research article

    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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