Popular use of traditional Chinese medicine in HIV patients in the HAART era
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AbstractSeventy-six Chinese male HIV patients were interviewed on their use of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). All except one had undetectable viral load, 28 had already progressed to AIDS. Forty-five (59.2%) had used TCM - 11 infrequently and 33 commonly. No specific TCM recipe was preferentially used, while a variety of herbal tea and other over-the-counter health products of TCM in origin were reported. A minority (28.9%) have consulted a TCM practitioner in the preceding 6 months. Most patients admitted using TCM for the treatment of minor ailments (60.0%) and general health maintenance (57.8%), while western medicine was chosen for the therapy of major medical illnesses. TCM did not seem to have significant influence on the conventional HAART in this cohort. Many used TCM at a time interval from HAART in order not to affect the latter's effectiveness.
All Author(s) ListMa K, Lee SS, Chu EKY, Tam DKP, Kwong VSC, Ho CF, Cheng K, Wong KH
Journal nameAIDS and Behavior
Volume Number12
Issue Number4
PublisherSpringer Verlag (Germany)
Pages637 - 642
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsChinese; HAART; HIV; traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)
Web of Science Subject CategoriesBiomedical Social Sciences; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health; PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, SSCI; Social Sciences, Biomedical; SOCIAL SCIENCES, BIOMEDICAL

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