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Table 2 Use of complementary medicine and therapies (CM) by women

From: A survey describing the use of complementary therapies and medicines by women attending a family planning clinic

Complementary medicines n = 209 Complementary medicines use in previous 12 months Currently using complementary medicines
n % (95% CI) n % (95% CI)
Any use of CM 175 83.7 (78.0-88.4) 141 67.4 (60.6-73.7)
Vitamins not prescribed by a doctor 117 55.9 (48.9-62.8) 79 37.8 (31.2-44.7)
Vitamins prescribed by a doctor 32 15.3 (10.7-20.9) 20 9.5 (5.9-14.3)
Mineral supplements not prescribed by a doctor (e.g., zinc, calcium, selenium) 73 34.9 (28.4-41.8) 50 23.9 (18.3-30.2)
Mineral supplements prescribed by a doctor (e.g., zinc, calcium, selenium) 36 17.2 (12.3-23.0) 11 5.2 (2.6-9.2)
Other natural medicines from fish or animals (e.g., fish oils) 73 34.9 (28.4-41.8) 40 19.1 (14.0-25.1)
Herbal teas for health reasons (e.g., valerian, peppermint) 72 34,4 (28.0-41.3) 45 21.5 (16.1-27.7)
Other herbal medicine (e.g., evening primrose oil, black cohosh) 40 19.1 (14.0-25.1) 19 9.0 (5.5-13.8)
Chinese traditional medicines (e.g., Chinese herbs) 22 10.5 (6.7-15.5) 9 4.3 (1.9-8.0)
Aromatherapy oils for medicinal purposes 22 10.5 (6.7-15.5) 7 3.3 (1.3-6.7)
Homoeopathic medicines 15 7.1 (4.0-11.5) 8 3.8 (1.6-7.4)
Consultations with complementary medicine practitioner Consultation with complementary medicine practitioner in previous 12 months Current consultation with a complementary medicine practitioner
Any consultation 70 33.5 (27.1-40.3) 39 18.6 (13.6-24.6)
Chiropractor 26 12.4 (8.2-17.6) 12 5.7 (3.0-9.8)
Acupuncturist 23 11.0 (7.0-16.1) 8 3.8 (1.6-7.4)
Naturopath 20 9.5 (5.9-14.3) 8 3.8 (1.6-7.4)
TCM practitioner 14 6.7 (3.7-10.9) 5 2.3 (0.7-5.4)
Osteopath 12 5.7 (3.0-9.8) 7 3.3 (1.3-6.7)
Other (e.g., reflexologist) 21 10.0 (6.3-14.9) 11 5.2 (2.6-9.2)
  1. Categories are not mutually exclusive; women may have been using more than one product/modality. CI confidence interval, TCM traditional Chinese medicine.
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