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Table 4 Odds of using only traditional herbal medicine (THM) and THM in combination with conventional medications for different reported health conditions in older women with non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

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

  THM use Medical pluralisma
Number (%) Crude OR (95 % CI) Number (%) Crude OR (95 % CI)
Comorbidity with another NCD 31 (56.4) 1.14 (0.60–2.16) 17 (58.6) 1.21 (0.42–3.57)
Allergies 20 (36.4) 1.32 (0.67–2.57) 18 (62.1) 19.64 (4.62–138.10)
Breathing difficulties 13 (23.6) 0.80 (0.38–1.65) 8 (27.6) 1.60 (0.46–6.06)
Heart burn 25 (45.5) 2.30 (1.18–4.48) 13 (44.8) 0.95 (0.33–2.76)
Pains in the chest 17 (30.9) 1.16 (0.57–2.31) 6 (20.7) 0.36 (0.10–1.14)
Headaches 40 (72.7) 2.42 (1.24–4.94) 23 (79.3) 2.03 (0.61–7.11)
Severe tiredness 35 (63.6) 2.05 (1.08–3.99) 19 (65.5) 11.19 (0.39–3.61)
Stiff or painful joints 35 (63.6) 1.78 (0.93–3.50) 18 (62.1) 0.95 (0.31–2.93)
Dental problems 12 (21.8) 3.24 (1.30–8.20) 6 (20.7) 0.87 (0.24–3.20)
Bowel problems 10 (18.2) 1.18 (0.49–2.67) 5 (17.2) 0.88 (0.22–3.55)
Dizziness or loss of balance 24 (43.6) 1.94 (1.00–3.75) 12 (41.4) 0.82 (0.28–2.40)
Sadness 15 (27.3) 1.68 (0.79–3.52) 9 (31.0) 1.5 (0.45–5.23)
Back pains 27 (49.1) 1.47 (0.77–2.78) 16 (55.2) 1.68 (0.58–4.98)
Anxiety 11 (20.0) 1.85 (0.77–4.32) 9 (31.0) 5.40 (1.22–38.19)
Heart palpitations 13 (23.6) 4.57 (1.79–12.27) 9 (31.0) 2.48 (0.69–10.31)
  1. aThose who use conventional medicine in conjunction with THM