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The practice, attitude, and knowledge of complementary and alternative medicine in Mumbai, India

  • Background: In the recent times, there has been a resurging interest in the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in India. The present study was conducted to examine the prevalence of CAM use in Mumbai, the knowledge and attitude regarding CAM regarding its safety and efficacy and the reasons for the use of CAM. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among the general population of Mumbai and its adjoining regions during January-July 2020. 205 residents participated in the study and were asked to fill a pretested questionnaire. The collected data was analyzed using IBM SPSS version 23. Results: Out of the 205 responses, 163 (79.51%) agreed to have used CAM at least once in their life. Of these, 108 (52.68%) respondents used Ayurveda and 105 (51.21%) used homeopathy. 60 (36.81%) of the respondents practicing CAM used it for common gastrointestinal (GIT)-related disorder with a 100% recovery rate, 125 (76.67%) for infectious diseases with a 93.6% recovery rate. 99 (60.74%) of the respondents preferring CAM for its safety profile, 68 (41.72%) believed that CAM is time tested and thus is efficacious. An integrative approach was suggested by 118 (57.56%) of all the respondents. Conclusions: There is a disparity between the high prevalence in the use of CAM and its knowledge. However, a general consensus suggests that CAM is efficacious and is practiced for various indications.

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Author:Viplav Kshirsagar, Sanish Tiwari, Chetan Thingore, Dnyanesh LimayeORCiDGND
DOI original:https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20204951
Parent Title (English):International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2020
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Hannover
Release Date:2021/03/30
Tag:Alternative Medicine; Complementary Medicine; Knowledge; Mumbai; Self-medication
GND Keyword:Alternative Medizin; Mumbai; Einstellung; Wissen
First Page:4792
Last Page:4798
Link to catalogue:1757004912
Institutes:Fakult├Ąt III - Medien, Information und Design
DDC classes:610 Medizin, Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell 4.0 International