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Table 3 Use of herbal medicine and dietary supplements (TCAM products)

From: The utilization of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine for non-communicable diseases and mental disorders in health care patients in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam

Variable   Motivation Helpfulness
  Used (N, %) Acute illness (%) Long term illness (%) To improve well-being (%) Very/somewhat (%)
Herbs/herbal medicine
 All 1845 (41.0) 14.3 50.8 39.4 47.9/41.7
 Cambodia 708 (44.5) 23.9 55.6 20.5 35.6/54.6
 Thailand 473 (34.6) 6.1 50.4 43.4 57.3/33.0
 Vietnam 664 (42.9) 9.9 45.8 44.3 54.3/34.2
Vitamins/minerals
 All 1180 (26.5) 7.1 23.0 70.0 58.8/32.5
 Cambodia 358 (22.6) 10.9 10.9 78.1 64.1/31.4
 Thailand 242 (18.5) 7.9 21.2 70.9 64.5/31.0
 Vietnam 580 (37.3) 4.3 31.3 64.3 53.0/33.9
Homeopathic remedies
 All 86 (2.0) 8.4 73.5 18.0 78.3/10.8
 Cambodia 54 (3.4) 1.9 94.3 3.8 88.7/9.4
 Thailand 11 (0.9) 9.1 45.5 45.5 81.8/9.1
 Vietnam 21 (1.4) 26.3 31.6 42.1 47.4/15.8
Ginseng
 All 156 (3.6) 2.0 12.5 85.6 50.7/32.9
 Cambodia 1 (0.1) 0.0 0.0 100 0.0/100
 Thailand 65 (5.2) 1.6 18.8 79.7 59.4/28.1
 Vietnam 90 (6.0) 2.3 8.0 89.6 44.8/35.6
Other supplements
 All 396 (9.7) 4.8 25.3 75.3 50.5/35.0
 Cambodia 12 (0.8) 8.3 8.3 83.3 16.7/50.0
 Thailand 150 (14.5) 2.0 24.8 73.2 52.0/44.7
 Vietnam 234 (15.5) 6.5 26.4 67.0 51.3/28.8