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Table 4 TCAM self-help practices

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 (%)
Prayer for own health
 All 1346 (30.1) 6.5 12.1 81.4 35.5/35.3
 Cambodia 571 (35.9) 13.9 7.7 79.4 1.9/48.9
 Thailand 523 (40.0) 0.6 12.3 87.2 78.2/18.0
 Vietnam 352 (16.1) 2.0 21.8 76.1 23.0/40.7
Meditation
 All 619 (13.9) 2.8 13.8 83.5 61.1/31.1
 Cambodia 145 (9.1) 2.8 4.8 92.4 23.4/70.3
 Thailand 383 (29.0) 2.4 16.3 81.5 78.5/17.8
 Vietnam 91 (5.9) 4.4 17.8 77.7 47.8/24.4
Relaxation techniques
 All 475 (10.9) 2.1 11.6 86.2 33.8/41.9
 Cambodia 287 (18.1) 1.7 3.1 95.1 19.6/47.9
 Thailand 100 (8.1) 0.0 23.0 77.0 69.0/26.0
 Vietnam 88 (5.7) 5.7 26.4 75.7 40.2/40.2
Visualization
 All 421 (9.8) 1.0 2.4 96.7 5.7/41.3
 Cambodia 402 (25.6) 0.7 1.5 78.8 5.2/41.0
 Thailand 3 (0.3) 0.0 66.7 33.3 33.3/66.7
 Vietnam 16 (1.1) 6.2 12.5 43.8 12.5/43.1
Yoga
 All 233 (5.4) 1.3 12.1 86.6 41.8/40.9
 Cambodia 97 (6.1) 3.1 5.2 91.7 7.2/69.1
 Thailand 69 (5.6) 0.0 2.9 97.1 73.5/16.2
 Vietnam 67 (4.4) 0.0 31.3 68.6 59.7/25.4