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Table 3 Pharmacists’ self-reported reasons for using herbal and other dietary supplements

From: How do pharmacists use and recommend vitamins, minerals, herbals and other dietary supplements?

Item Ever used N (%) General health and wellness N (%) Treat a specific disease N (%) Improve physical health N (%) Improve mental ability or memory N (%) Suggested by healthcare professional N (%) Suggested by family, friend or co-worker N (%) Others N (%)
Cinnamon 53 (8) 26 (49) 32 (60) 3 (5) 2 (2) 2 (2) 3 (3) 15 (28)
Chondroitin 135 (21) 42 (31) 81 (60) 42 (30) 0 19 (14) 8 (6) 16 (12)
Coenzyme Q10 123 (19) 87 (71) 24 (20) 23 (18) 10 (8) 25 (20) 3 (2) 17 (14)
Cranberry 70 (11) 18 (26) 53 (76) 2 (3) 0 8 (11) 1 (1) 21 (30)
Creatine 60 (9) 13 (22) 0 65 (58) 0 1 (2) 3 (5) 12 (20)
Echinacea 141 (22) 49 (35) 91 (65) 0 1 (1) 7 (5) 15 (11) 22 (16)
Ephedra 29 (5) 5 (17) 8 (28) 10 (27) 5 (17) 1 (3) 1 (3) 14 (48)
Fiber/Psyllium 230 (53) 96 (42) 136 (59) 3 (1) 0 32 (14) 2 (1) 20 (9)
FishOil/Omega-3 322 (65) 227 (71) 87 (27) 23 (5) 31 (10) 57 (18) 9 (3) 34 (7)
Flaxseed Oil 111 (35) 90 (81) 22 (20) 9 (5) 8 (7) 15 (14) 3 (3) 20 (17)
Garlic 44 (25) 30 (68) 18 (41) 3 (7) 1 (2) 1 (2) 2 (5) 17 (39)
Ginseng 54 (26) 31 (57) 5 (9) 15 (24) 20 (37) 0 2 (4) 18 (24)
Glucosamine 150 (40) 50 (33) 85 (57) 60 (27) 0 11 (7) 7 (5) 11 (7)
Green Coffee Bean Extract 49 (25) 22 (45) 12 (24) 10 (20) 3 (6) 2 (4) 3 (5) 14 (29)
Green Tea 54 (26) 31 (57) 10 (19) 19 (28) 10 (19) 2 (4) 3 (6) 15 (28)
Melatonin 180 (45) 0 119 (66) 4 (2) 5 (3) 18 (10) 11 (6) 46 (26)
Probiotic 233 (53) 153 (66) 103 (44) 7 (3) 2 (1) 0 26 (11) 21 (11)
Saw Palmetto 36 (23) 17 (47) 18 (50) 0 0 2 (6) 5 (14) 8 (22)
Senna 98 (33) 21 (21) 69 (70) 0 0 0 15 (15) 18 (17)
Soy Isoflavones 22 (21) 13 (59) 11 (50) 3 (14) 2 (9) 0 1 (5) 11 (41)
St. John’s Wort 23 (22) 7 (30) 12 (52) 0 6 (26) 1 (4) 4 (17) 7 (30)
  1. Others included: Prescription medications/medical treatment was too expensive, or medical treatment did not help