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Patterns of natural herb use by Asian and Pacific Islanders

TitlePatterns of natural herb use by Asian and Pacific Islanders
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsTanaka, MJ, Gryzlak, BM, Zimmerman, MB, Nisly, NL, Wallace, RB
JournalEthn HealthEthn Health
Date PublishedApr
ISBN Number1355-7858 (Print)<br/>1355-7858 (Linking)
Accession Number18425709
KeywordsAdult, Age Factors, Asian Americans, Cross-Sectional Studies, Drugs, Chinese Herbal/ therapeutic use, Emigration and Immigration, European Continental Ancestry Group, Female, Health Behavior/ ethnology, Health Surveys, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Oceanic Ancestry Group, Odds Ratio, Phytotherapy/ utilization, Sex Factors, Social Class, United States
AbstractOBJECTIVE: Previous studies have noted the role of race/ethnicity in use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) in particular have been found to use herbs more frequently, although the patterns of use among this population have not been described. The goal of this study was to characterize the rates and patterns of herb use among the API population of the United States. DESIGN: Data from the 2002 US National Health Interview Survey, including the supplement on CAM, were analyzed using SAS. Cross-tabulation and logistical regression were used to determine the association between herb use and race/ethnicity, while adjusting for demographic factors. RESULTS: After adjusting for age, gender and educational attainment, we found that APIs were more likely to use herbs than non-Hispanic Whites (OR=1.3; 95% CI: 1.1, 1.5; p=0.013), with the difference being most prominent in those 60 years old or older (OR=2.9; 95% CI: 1.8, 4.5; p