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Patterns of use, knowledge and attitudes

Edited by Torkel Falkenberg

This section covers research reporting patterns of use, knowledge and attitudes regarding complementary and alternative therapies.

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  1. There is some evidence that patients with liver diseases commonly use complementary and alternative therapies to address general and liver-disease specific health concerns. The purpose of this study was to ass...

    Authors: Sara Nsibirwa, Godwin Anguzu, Sam Kamukama, Ponsiano Ocama and Joan Nankya-Mutyoba

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:169

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  2. Traditional medicine use is common amongst peoples in developing nations. Timor-Leste is no exception. However little is known about the prevalence, pattern, satisfaction with, cost or type of traditional medi...

    Authors: Robert Grace, Jacinto Vaz and Julianti Da Costa

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:165

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  3. Traditionally part of the human diet, plants with edible fleshy fruits (PEFF) contain bioactive components that may exert physiological effects beyond nutrition, promoting human health and well-being. Focusing...

    Authors: Melina Fernanda Chamorro and Ana Ladio

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:155

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  4. The 2015 MERS outbreak in South Korea was the largest event outside of the Middle East. Under such circumstances, individuals tend to resort to non-conventional solutions such as complementary and alternative ...

    Authors: Jung Hye Hwang, Hyun Jeong Cho, Hyea Bin Im, Young Sun Jung, Soo Jeung Choi and Dongwoon Han

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:147

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  5. In South Africa naturopaths have been practising for over half a century. Over this period, changes in legislation have resulted in different levels of training and registration processes - which has impacted ...

    Authors: Wendy Ericksen-Pereira, Nicolette V. Roman and Rina Swart

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:139

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  6. Considerable number of patients, including Ebola survivors, in Sierra Leone, are using traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM). Healthcare providers’ (HCPs) views about T&CM is crucial in addressing the ...

    Authors: Peter Bai James, Jon Wardle, Amie Steel, Jon Adams, Abdulai Jawo Bah and Stephen Sevalie

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:137

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  7. Traditional medicine is broadly used across Asian societies for various medical conditions and health concerns. However, there remains a wide disparity between users and non-use, which makes it imperative to u...

    Authors: Benlu Xin, Siyu Mu, Teckkiang Tan, Anne Yeung, Danan Gu and Qiushi Feng

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:128

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  8. In Ethiopia, about 80% of the population use traditional medicine (TM) due to the cultural acceptability of healers and local pharmacopeias, the relatively low cost of traditional medicine, and the difficulty ...

    Authors: Fekensa Hailu, Amsale Cherie, Tigistu Gebreyohannis and Reta Hailu

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:125

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  9. There is a long history of traditional/complementary medicine (T/CM) use by women during lactation. While it is important to evaluate such use within a scientific paradigm to ensure efficacy and safety, knowle...

    Authors: Tingyun Zheng, Weijie Chen, Hao Hu, Yitao Wang, Joanna E. Harnett and Carolina Oi Lam Ung

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:122

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  10. While the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has become increasingly popular in western societies, we do not understand why CAM use is more frequent in some countries than in others. The aim o...

    Authors: Erlend L. Fjær, Erling R. Landet, Courtney L. McNamara and Terje A. Eikemo

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:108

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  11. Previous research has revealed high rates of traditional medicine usage in Nigeria. Reports of widespread contamination of herbal medicine products and higher rates of noncompliance with Western medications am...

    Authors: Suellen Li, Stella Odedina, Imaria Agwai, Oladosu Ojengbede, Dezheng Huo and Olufunmilayo I. Olopade

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:93

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  12. Parents often choose Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) as a supportive agent with the aim to reduce cancer treatment-related symptoms in their children. Therefore, it is necessary to understand pare...

    Authors: Trine Stub, Agnete E. Kristoffersen, Grete Overvåg and Miek C. Jong

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:90

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  13. Skin-related diseases affect every individual irrespective of age, gender or social status. Since time immemorial, humans have explored natural resources from their environment for the maintenance of the skin....

    Authors: Mamokete Venolia Setshego, Adeyemi Oladapo Aremu, Obakeng Mooki and Wilfred Otang-Mbeng

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:81

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  14. Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a major public health problem and one of the most challenging diseases worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has the second hi...

    Authors: Aljawharah Alqathama, Ghadeer Alluhiabi, Halah Baghdadi, Lujain Aljahani, Ola Khan, Sara Jabal, Shorooq Makkawi and Farah Alhomoud

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:65

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  15. Traditional medicine serves as a form of primary health care for more than 80% of African populations. Currently, there is no research documenting if and how African migrant communities engage with their tradi...

    Authors: Zewdneh Shewamene, Tinashe Dune and Caroline A. Smith

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:60

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  16. Naturopathy is a distinct system of traditional and complementary medicine recognized by the World Health Organization and defined by its philosophic approach to patient care, rather than the treatments used b...

    Authors: Amie Steel, Hope Foley, Ryan Bradley, Claudine Van De Venter, Iva Lloyd, Janet Schloss, Jon Wardle and Rebecca Reid

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:59

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  17. In response to high demand and the growing body of evidence for traditional and complementary therapies, the practice of integrative medicine and integrative healthcare has emerged where these therapies are bl...

    Authors: Carolyn Ee, Kate Templeman, Suzanne Grant, Nicole Avard, Michael de Manincor and Jennifer Hunter

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:58

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  18. This study seeks to investigate factors associated with using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for a mental illness among the three major ethnic groups (Chinese, Indians and Malays) in the general ...

    Authors: Vanessa Seet, Edimansyah Abdin, Janhavi A. Vaingankar, Shazana Shahwan, Sherilyn Chang, Bernard Lee, Siow Ann Chong and Mythily Subramaniam

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:52

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  19. The use of medicinal plants or other alternative practices can be the only therapeutic resources for many communities and ethnic groups, especially in developing countries. In Brazil, the Ministry of Health in...

    Authors: Patricia de Moraes Mello Boccolini and Cristiano Siqueira Boccolini

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:51

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  20. In Mozambique, bacterial and parasitic diseases contribute to a high burden of mortality and morbidity. These infectious diseases are treated with antibiotics, antihelmintic or antiparasitic drugs. However, mi...

    Authors: Filomena Barbosa, Delfina Hlashwayo, Victor Sevastyanov, Valeriano Chichava, Adilência Mataveia, Ernesto Boane and Aida Cala

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:19

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  21. Although a variety of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) for children have been developed, there is no pediatric PROM specific to Korean medicine (KM) that is validated by experts in the field. The aim ...

    Authors: Jihong Lee, Sun Haeng Lee and Gyu Tae Chang

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:10

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  22. Complementary and alternative medicine and therapies (CAM) are widely used by parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, there is a gap in our understanding of how and why parents of chi...

    Authors: Caroline A. Smith, Chloe Parton, Marlee King and Gisselle Gallego

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:4

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  23. The use of Complementary Medicines (CMs) has significantly increased in Australia over the last decade. This study attempts to determine the extent to which complementary and alternative medicines are recorded...

    Authors: Freya Waddington, Jenny Lee, Mark Naunton, Greg Kyle, Jackson Thomas and Gabrielle O’Kane

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:374

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  24. Plants have been used as a primary source of medicine since ancient times and about 80% of the world’s population use herbal medicine to treat different ailments. Plant use knowledge differs in space and time ...

    Authors: Patience Tugume and Clement Nyakoojo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:353

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  25. Traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) is commonly used by cancer patients in Northern Norway, in particular spiritual forms like traditional healing. T&CM is mainly used complementary to conventional c...

    Authors: Agnete Egilsdatter Kristoffersen, Trine Stub, Ann Ragnhild Broderstad and Anne Helen Hansen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:341

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  26. Concerns have been raised regarding the efficacy and safety resulting from the potential interactions of herbs with Western medications due to the use of both herbs and Western medicine by the general public. ...

    Authors: Chang-Shiann Wu, Yu-Huai Chen, Chi-Liang Chen, Sheng-Kan Chien, Nailis Syifa, Yu-Chun Hung, Kai-Jen Cheng, Shu-Chin Hu, Pei-Tzu Lo, Shun-Yung Lin and Tzu-Hua Wu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:335

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  27. Weight gain is common after breast cancer (BC) treatment and may increase the risk of disease recurrence. Complementary medicine (CM) use is high amongst BC patients. This paper describes the use of CM from a ...

    Authors: Carolyn Ee, Adele Elizabeth Cave, Dhevaksha Naidoo and John Boyages

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:332

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  28. In recent years, acupuncture has been increasingly integrated into pediatric care worldwide. However, recent epidemiological studies about pediatric users of acupuncture are lacking. The current study aimed to...

    Authors: Chieh Wang, Yu-Chen Lee, Mei-Yao Wu, Cheng-Li Lin, Mao-Feng Sun, Jaung-Geng Lin and Hung-Rong Yen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:328

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  29. This study aimed to develop and validate scales to assess attitudes towards patient’ s use of TCM (APUTCM) and to measure a communicative competence in TCM (CCTCM) among nurses.

    Authors: Hsiao-Yun Chang, Chia-Lun Lo and Yun-Ying Hung

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:321

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  30. Patient-centered culturally sensitive health care (PC-CSHC) has emerged as a primary approach to health care. This care focuses on the cultural diversity of the patients rather than the views of the health car...

    Authors: Agnete E. Kristoffersen, Ann Ragnhild Broderstad, Frauke Musial and Trine Stub

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:305

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  31. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among infertile women is popular in many countries, including Korea. Previous research has repeatedly found more than half of infertile women surveyed use CAM t...

    Authors: Jung Hye Hwang, Yi Young Kim, Hyea Bin Im and Dongwoon Han

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:301

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  32. Both doctors’ and patients’ opinions are important in the process of treatment and healthcare of Chinese medicine. This study is to compare patients’ and doctors’ treatment satisfaction over the course of two ...

    Authors: Yanhong Zhang, Jiqian Fang, Wei Gao, Ying Han, Runshun Zhang, Liyun He and Baoyan Liu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:300

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  33. Traditional and complementary medicines (T&CM) are any form of medicine, practice, treatment, product, technology, knowledge system or ceremony outside of conventional medical practice that aims to prevent and...

    Authors: A. Gall, K. Anderson, J. Adams, V. Matthews and G. Garvey

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:259

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  34. Herbal and traditional medicines (HTM) are widely used in Asian countries. Specific data on prevalent of HTM usage and association with chronic diseases in the Thai population is currently lacking. We examined...

    Authors: Napatt Kanjanahattakij, Pakakrong Kwankhao, Prin Vathesatogkit, Nisakron Thongmung, Yingampa Gleebbua, Piyamitr Sritara and Chagriya Kitiyakara

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:258

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  35. While traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) is gaining increased interest worldwide, the structural factors associated with the usage of TCAM at the social level have not been sufficiently...

    Authors: Jimpei Misawa, Rie Ichikawa, Akiko Shibuya, Yukihiro Maeda, Ichiro Arai, Teruyoshi Hishiki and Yoshiaki Kondo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:251

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  36. Parents’ use of complementary health approaches (CHA) for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are common despite the uncertain evidence of its benefit. Parents often adopt CHA due to dissatisfaction w...

    Authors: Jun Jean Ong

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:250

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  37. Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), including vitamins, minerals, herbals, and other dietary supplements, is widespread in the United States (ranging from 24% in Hispanics to 50% in American I...

    Authors: Srujitha Marupuru, David Rhys Axon and Marion K. Slack

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:229

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  38. Skin diseases are a major health concern especially in association with human immune deficiency syndrome and acquired an immune deficiency. The aim of this study was to document the ethnomedicinal information ...

    Authors: Khafsa Malik, Mushtaq Ahmad, Muhammad Zafar, Riaz Ullah, Hafiz Majid Mahmood, Bushra Parveen, Neelam Rashid, Shazia Sultana, Syed Nasar Shah and Lubna

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:210

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  39. Self-directed learning is a student-centered approach based on the students’ evaluation about their own learning needs. Self-directed practice is a component of the self-directed learning which focus on achiev...

    Authors: Giandomenico D’Alessandro, Giacomo Consorti and Francesco Cerritelli

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:201

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  40. The rise in use of food supplements based on botanical ingredients (herbal supplements) is depicted as part of a trend empowering consumers to manage their day-to-day health needs, which presupposes access to ...

    Authors: Matthew Peacock, Mihaela Badea, Flavia Bruno, Lada Timotijevic, Martina Laccisaglia, Charo Hodgkins, Monique Raats and Bernadette Egan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:196

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  41. Infertility is considered one of the global public health problems and during human history, it is also considered one of the unsolved problems of the continuous human race. This study aimed to collect and doc...

    Authors: Nidal Jaradat and Abdel Naser Zaid

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:194

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  42. While yoga is increasingly used for health purposes, its safety has been questioned. The aim of this cross-sectional survey was to analyze yoga-associated adverse effects and their correlates.

    Authors: Holger Cramer, Daniela Quinker, Dania Schumann, Jon Wardle, Gustav Dobos and Romy Lauche

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:190

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  43. Community-dwelling persons with dementia commonly use dietary supplements (DS), often without receiving help with the administration. Patient safety is a concern, as DS-drug interactions and adverse events are...

    Authors: Hilde Risvoll, Frauke Musial, Kjell H. Halvorsen, Trude Giverhaug and Marit Waaseth

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:179

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  44. The use of essential oils is growing in the United States, but clinician attitudes, experience, and beliefs regarding their use have not previously been studied.

    Authors: Amy C. S. Pearson, Susanne M. Cutshall, W. Michael Hooten, Nancy J. Rodgers, Brent A. Bauer and Anjali Bhagra

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:174

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  45. Health supplement (HS) products that are available in the Emirate of Dubai (United Arab Emirates; UAE) contain chemicals that may adversely affect human health. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence o...

    Authors: Naseem Mohammed Abdulla, Faisal Aziz, Iain Blair, Michal Grivna, Balazs Adam and Tom Loney

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:172

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  46. The use of herbal medicine (HM) has become an essential form of treatment and it is more and more common around the world. Little is known about the reasons that drive people to initially use HM or to maintain...

    Authors: Alexandra N. Welz, Agnes Emberger-Klein and Klaus Menrad

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:170

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  47. Traditional medicine has always been Pakistan’s cultural heritage, providing health care to a large part of its population. Thus, we aimed to assess and compare the knowledge, attitude, and perception about co...

    Authors: Mariam Ashraf, Hamid Saeed, Zikria Saleem, Hassaan Anwer Rathore, Fawad Rasool, Eman Tahir, Tooba Bhatti, Javeria Khalid, Iqra Bhatti and Ayesha Tariq

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:95

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  48. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a rather novel issue within public healthcare and health policy-making. CAM use in Europe is widespread, patient-initiated, and patient-evaluated, and the regula...

    Authors: Anita Salamonsen and Solveig Wiesener

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:93

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  49. In 2011 there was a strengthening of European Union (EU) legislation on the licencing of herbal products which, in the UK, resulted in the introduction of the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) scheme. This...

    Authors: R. Dickinson, M. C. Kennedy, D. K. Raynor, P. Knapp, M. Thomas and E. Adami

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:85

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  50. Integrative and complementary health approaches (ICHA) are often pursued by patients facing chronic illnesses. Most of the studies that investigated the factors associated with ICHA consumption have considered...

    Authors: Fabrice Berna, Anja S. Göritz, Amaury Mengin, Renaud Evrard, Jacques Kopferschmitt and Steffen Moritz

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:83

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