Table 2

The use of CAM by traumatic brain injury patients (n = 101)
Variable n % Mean ± SD (Range)
Use of CAM following TBI
  Yes 64 63.4
  No 37 36.6
Time after injury until beginning use of CAM (months) 1.73±2.27
(0–12)
Most commonly used CAM categorya
  Traditional Chinese medicine 37 57.8
  Folk and religious therapy 30 46.9
  Dietary supplements 30 46.9
  Mind-body medicine 7 10.9
  Herbal and Arcanum therapy 6 9.4
Most commonly used CAM forma
  Chinese herbs 30 46.9
  Spiritual healing, such as shamanism, dang-kis 21 32.8
  Special diets 17 26.6
  Megadose vitamins 16 25.0
  Holy water, reciting a Buddhist mantra 15 23.4
  Acupuncture 14 21.9

CAM: complementary and alternative medicine, TBI: traumatic brain injury

SD: standard deviation.

a: Data from those who used CAM (N = 64).

Gau et al.

Gau et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:211   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-211

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