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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Survey of Its Use in Pediatric Oncology

Table 2

Commonly used products/practices and their perceived helpfulness.

ProductEver used (%)Current use (%)Perceived helpfulness
Total Total Yes (%)No (%)Maybe (%)

Vitamins and minerals
 Multivitamin64 (86.5)33 (71.7)5531 (56.4)2 (3.6)22 (40.0)
 Folic acid7 (9.5)2 (4.3)53 (60.0)0 (0)2 (40.0)
 Vitamin B8 (10.8)1 (2.2)54 (80.0)0 (0)1 (20.0)
 Vitamin C32 (43.2)15 (32.6)2719 (70.3)0 (0)8 (29.6)
 Calcium17 (23.0)8 (17.4)1010 (100.0)0 (0)2 (20.0)
Herbals
 Echinacea 15 (20.3)5 (10.9)1210 (83.3)0 (0)2 (16.7)
 Garlic7 (9.5)2 (4.3)43 (75.0)0 (0)1 (25.5)
 Peppermint6 (8.1)3 (6.5)54 (80.0)0 (0)1 (20.0)
Homeopathics
 Cold remedy21 (28.4)4 (8.7)1514 (93.3)0 (0)1 (6.7)
 Colic remedy12 (16.2)0 (0.0)87 (87.5)1 (12.5)0 (0)
 Ear drops13 (17.6)0 (0.0)98 (88.9)0 (0)1 (11.1)
 Teething remedy19 (27.5)2 (4.3)1413 (92.9)0 (0)1 (0.71)
Miscellaneous
 Probiotics9 (12.2)6 (13.0)86 (75.0)0 (0)2 (25.0)
 Fish oil/omega 3s8 (10.8)2 (4.3)31 (33.3)0 (0.0)2 (66.6)
Practice Total Total
 Aromatherapy9 (19.1)5 (13.9)66 (100.0)0 (0)0 (0)
 Chiropractic13 (27.7)5 (13.9)129 (75.0)2 (16.7)1 (8.3)
 Energy healing9 (19.1)3 (8.3)87 (87.5)0 (0)1 (12.5)
 Faith healing24 (51.0)18 (50.0)2419 (79.2)0 (0)5 (20.8)
 Massage22 (46.8)14 (38.9)1919 (100.0)0 (0)0 (0)
 Relaxation12 (25.5)9 (25.0)1111 (100.0)0 (0)0 (0)

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