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Table 2 Pattern of use in CAM users

From: Use of complementary medicine among patients with allergic rhinitis: an Italian nationwide survey

  Number pts (%)
Type of therapya
 Homoeopathy 55 (77)
 Herbal remedies 28 (39)
 Acupuncture 8 (11)
 Other 8 (11)
Treatment duration
 < 6 months 20 (28)
 > 6 months 52 (72)
Schedule of treatment
 Regular 43 (60)
 On demand 28 (40)
Clinical efficacy
 Yes 24 (33)
 No 47 (67)
Cost/month
 < 50 Euro 32 (45)
 > 50 euro 39 (55)
Reason for choicea
 Natural 40 (56)
 Fear of side effects of traditional Medicine 39 (55)
 Dissatisfaction with traditional medicine 13 (18)
 Other 21 (30)
Providers of informationa
 GP 26 (37)
 TV or newspaper, websites 31 (40)
 Family and friends 34 (48)
 Other 6 (8)
Recommendation for CAM use
 Yes 43 (61)
 No 28 (39)
  1. aMore than one choice for each patient