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Table 3 Characteristics of traditional herbal medicine (THM) use among older women with non-communicable diseases (n=55)

From: Health-seeking behaviours of older black women living with non-communicable diseases in an urban township in South Africa

Variable Number (%)
Reason for use:
 Family history 26 (47.3)
 Cultural beliefs 12 (21.8)
 Low cost 9 (16.4)
 Easily accessible 7 (12.7)
 Positive recommendation 19 (34.5)
 Conventional medicine failure 0 (0.0)
 Cures diseases 3 (5.5)
 Treats side effects 3 (5.5)
 Doctor recommended 1 (1.8)
 Treat a condition 25 (45.5)
THM obtained:
 Market 24 (43.6)
 Traditional practitioner 9 (16.4)
 Personal harvest 11 (20.0)
 Pharmacy 11 (20.0)
 Over the counter 3 (5.5)
THM Administration:
 Tea 44 (80.0)
 Decoction 4 (7.3)
 Powder 4 (7.3)
 Extract 8 (14.5)
 Tablet 1 (1.8)
 Topical 1 (1.8)
Discloses use of conventional medicine to traditional practitioner 6 (10.9)
Discloses use of THM to health care practitioner 7 (12.7)
Uses THM ‘often’ or ‘always’ 23 (41.8)
Uses THM in combination with conventional medicine (medical pluralism) 29 (52.7)