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Br J Gen Pract. Nov 2001; 51(472): 914–916.
PMCID: PMC1314149

Complementary medicine use in children: extent and reasons. A population-based study.


This study used a cross-sectional population survey to determine the prevalence of complementary medicine use in children. Some form of complementary medicine had been used by 17.9% of children at least once, and 6.9% had visited a complementary medicine practitioner. Homoeopathy, aromatherapy, and herbal medicine were most frequently used, most commonly for ear; nose, and throat; dermatology; musculoskeletal; infant; respiratory; and emotional/behavioural health problems. Complementary medicine was used mainly because of word-of-mouth recommendation, dissatisfaction with conventional medicine, and fear of side-effects of conventional treatments. Complementary medicine use is widespread in children; professionals should be aware of this, be alert for possible side-effects/interactions, and encourage adherence to effective conventional treatments where important.

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