Table 3: Participants’ first choice of medicines when sick and the reasons for the choices.

VariableSubgroupsHospital attendee Herbal clinic attendee
FrequencyPercentageFrequencyPercentage

First medication choice when sickOrthodox6554.25949.2
Herbal4235.04235.0
Uncertain1310.81915.8

Reasons for choosing orthodox medicine first ( Hosp. = 68; herb = 65)Accessible57.41218.5
Clear dosage1014.7913.8
Well studied and approved1522.1812.3
More effective1927.946.2
Condition requires medical care45.9NANA
Safer710.369.2
More confidence in OM34.4NANA
Recommended22.9NANA
Others34.457.7
Cures fasterNANA1015.4
Easy and convenientNANA34.6
Personal preferenceNANA23.1
Prepared hygienicallyNANA46.2
Variety of formsNANA23.1

Reasons for choosing herbal medicine first ( hosp. = 66; herb = 68)Accessibility46.134.4
Affordability69.1710.3
Heritage69.1NANA
More effective1928.81522.1
No or lesser side effects69.1913.2
OM is unable to manage all diseases23.0
Cures completely710.6913.2
Cures faster1015.2913.2
Natural23.057.4
Less complicatedNANA22.9
Personally like herbal medicinesNANA45.9
Others46.157.4

NB. Herb = respondents from the herbal clinics, hosp. = respondents from the hospitals, and NA = not applicable.