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Table 3 Type of health practitioner seen and prescription of herbal medicines

From: Herbal medicine use behaviour in Australian adults who experience anxiety: a descriptive study

Practitioner type Frequency of type of practitioner seen in the previous 12 monthsa Number of visits in the previous 12 months Frequency of herbal medicine prescription by practitioner
  % (n) M b % (n)c
General practitioner 87 (348) 12.04 5.5 (19)
Psychologist 19.5 (78) 6.20 7.7 (6)
Chiropractor 15 (60) 6.62 15 (9)
Acupuncturist 13 (52) 6.73 42.3 (22)
Naturopath 12 (48) 2.76 77.1 (37)
TCM practitioner 12 (48) 4.83 83.3 (40)
Nutritionist 10.3 (41) 3.07 19.5 (8)
Psychiatrist 8.3 (33) 4.88 9.1 (3)
Western herbalist 4.8 (19) 7.56 73.7 (14)
Homeopath 4.5 (18) 4.00 72.2 (13)
Other 16.8 (67) 8.89 12.1 (8)
 Manual therapist 5 (20)
 Medical specialist 4.8 (19)   
 CAM practitionerd 2.8 (11)   
None 6.8 (27)   
  1. Note. TCM Traditional Chinese medicine practitioner. CAM Complementary and alternative medicine
  2. aA multiple response item; participants were asked to select from a predetermined list of health practitioners or other where they could list the other type of practitioner seen
  3. bMean number of visits to practitioner in previous 12 months
  4. cFrequency and percentage of number of each practitioner seen in the previous 12 months
  5. dOther CAM practitioners included iridologist, reflexologist; and Japanese, Korean, and Indonesian herbalists as described by participants