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Table 3 Current and previous complementary medicine (CM) use by health condition

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

Area of health n = 209 Use in previous 12 months Current use
n % (95% CI) n % (95% CI)
General health (e.g., to stay healthy) 72 34.4 (28.0-41.3) 61 29.1 (23.2-35.8)
Preventative care (e.g., prevent a cold) 36 17.2 (12.3-23.0) 18 8.6 (5.1-13.2)
Support immune system 29 13.8 (9.4-19.3) 18 8.6 (5.1-13.2)
Depression/anxiety 21 10.0 (6.3-15.1) 14 6.7 (3.7-10.9)
Dysmenorrhoea 14 6.7 (3.7-10.9) 8 3.8 (1.60-7.4)
Sleeping problems/ insomnia 16 7.6 (4.4-12.1) 7 3.3 (1.3-7.6)
Premenstrual symptoms 13 6.2 (3.3-10.6) 10 4.7 (2.3-8.6)
Skin condition 12 5.7 (3.0-9.8) 6 2.8 (1.0-6.1)
Menopausal symptoms 10 4.7 (2.3-8.6) 8 3.8 (1.6-7.4)
Others (e.g., back pain, neck pain, stress, digestion, cramps, cystitis, subfertility, arthritis) 63 30.1 (24.0-36.8) 31 14.8 (10.3-20.3)
  1. Categories are not mutually exclusive; women may have been using CM for more than one area of their health.
  2. CI, confidence interval.