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Table 2 CAM use and perceived effect in the total population (n = 324)

From: Use of complementary and alternative medicine in patients with health complaints attributed to former dental amalgam fillings

  Reported use Good effect No effect Worsening
  % (n) % (n a) % (n a) % (n a)
Over all CAM use 88.9 (288)    
Alternative medical systems 68.5 (222)    
 Homeopathy 54.0 (175) 57.4 (81) 39.7 (56) 2.8 (4)
 Acupuncture 48.8 (158) 38.8 (52) 58.2 (78) 3.0 (4)
 Ear acupuncture 32.7 (106) 38.8 (33) 58.8 (50) 2.4 (2)
 Mind-body interventions 16.0 (52)    
 Thought field therapy 12.0 (39) 37.5 (12) 62.5 (20) 0 (0)
 Lightning process 4.9 (16) 46.2 (6) 53.8 (7) 0 (0)
Biologically-based systems. including herbalism 84.3 (273)    
 DSVMT 66.7 (216) 74.7 (139) 23.1 (43) 2.2 (4)
 DSVMS 59.0 (191) 63.0 (92) 32.2 (47) 4.8 (7)
 Special diet 47.5 (154) 74.4 (96) 23.3 (30) 2.3 (3)
 Herbs 37.7 (122) 55.6 (50) 38.9 (35) 5.6 (5)
 Biopathyb 13.3 (43) 40.6 (13) 56.3 (18) 3.1 (1)
Manipulative and body-based methods 61.4 (199)    
 Reflexology 42.3 (137) 48.6 (52) 45.8 (49) 5.6 (6)
 Massage 40.1 (130) 41.4 (41) 43.4 (43) 15.2 (15)
 Kinesiology 29.3 (95) 43.3 (29) 50.7 (34) 6.0 (4)
 Naprapathyc 13.3 (43) 46.4 (13) 46.4 (13) 7.1 (2)
 Craniosacral therapy 8.6 (28) 42.9 (9) 47.6 (10) 9.5 (2)
Energy therapies 41.7 (135)    
 Healing 33.6 (109) 33.8 (26) 63.6 (49) 2.6 (6)
 Magnetic field therapy 19.1 (62) 29.5 (13) 61.4 (27) 9.1 (4)
Rehabilitation in a CAM institution 9.3 (30) 80.0 (20) 16.0 (4) 4.0 (1)
  1. aDue to missing responses to the question about effect, the n regarding effect might be lower than for use of the CAM modality
  2. bBiopathy is a treatment system that encompasses several different alternative diagnostic tools and therapies such as homeopathy, herbs, reflexology
  3. cNaprapathy is a system of specific examination, diagnostics, manual treatment and rehabilitation of pain and dysfunction in the neuro-musculoskeletal system