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Table 2 Summary of Themes and Subcategories Around Motives for Herbal Use

From: Herbal medicine: women's views, knowledge and interaction with doctors: a qualitative study

Perceived advantages of herbal medicine (18 women) Beliefs of disadvantages of doctors and healthcare system (14 women) Beliefs about disadvantages of conventional medicines (12 women)
1. Natural, holistic (12)
2. No chemicals (12)
3. No/little side effects (7)
4. Personal control (15)
5. Instant access (5)
1. Unable to help some problems (6)
2. Inconvenience of appointments (5)
3. Attitudes especially, emotional issues (4)
4. Negative experiences (4)
5. Time rationing (3)
6. Little faith (3)
7. Embarrassment (3)
8. Not wishing to inconvenience the doctor (3)
1. Chemical (12)
2. Side effects (11)
3. Cause damage (8)
4. Bad past experience (3)
5. Little faith (2)