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Table 4 Most common reasons for respondents' preference for allopathic medicine, CAM or both modalities to improve their health. Respondents could choose more than one alternative.

From: The prevalence, patterns of usage and people's attitude towards complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among the Indian community in Chatsworth, South Africa

Allopathic Medicine Both modalities CAM
Reasons % Reasons % Reasons %
No prior knowledge or experience of CAM 45 CAM is a natural form of treatment 61 CAM is a natural form of treatment 85
More evidence that allopathic medicine works 36 More evidence that allopathic medicine works 44 CAM safer than allopathic medicine 40
Allopathic medicine is more cost effective than CAM 19 Allopathic medicine more cost effective 39 Evidence that CAM works 21