The Prevalence of Complementary and Alternative Medicine used in Postmenopausal Women at Srinagarind Hospital


  • Nisanasat Booning
  • Sukree Soontrapa
  • Srinaree Kaewrudee
  • Chompilas Chongsomchai
  • Bandit Chumworathayi
  • Teerayut Temtanakitpaisan


Complementary and alternative medicine, postmenopausal women, physician’s awareness


Objectives : To study the prevalence, types, motivations, and physician’s awareness regarding the usage of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in postmenopausal women at Srinagarind hospital

Methods : This was a cross sectional descriptive study.  A survey was conducted between July and October 2013 in 200 postmenopausal women with general gynecologic problems who attended outpatient department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Srinagarind hospital, a tertiary care hospital, in northeastern region of Thailand. The pre-validated questionnaires for determining the prevalence, types, motivations and awareness of the physicians in CAM were used.

Results : The mean age of the participants was 56.1 years. The prevalence of current CAM used was 63%. Ya Satree was the most common used (18.6%) followed by Fermented herb juice (16.5%) and Chlorophyll (13.1%). The most important motivation of participants in decision to use CAM was the recommendation of acquaintance people or friends (79.4%) followed by advertisement in newspaper or magazine (16.7%) and advertisement on television (13.5%). Only 28% of physicians asked the patients about history of CAM used, and 19.5% of physicians stated the potential risk of CAM such as herb-drug interaction and adverse effects.

Conclusions : More than 60% of postmenopausal women at Srinagarind hospital used CAM. Most physicians (72%) never asked the patients regarding CAM used. More education on this issue should be provided in order to reduce unnecessary CAM used, and CAM used should be a part of routine history taking in all patients.


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Booning N, Soontrapa S, Kaewrudee S, Chongsomchai C, Chumworathayi B, Temtanakitpaisan T. The Prevalence of Complementary and Alternative Medicine used in Postmenopausal Women at Srinagarind Hospital. SRIMEDJ [Internet]. 2014 Nov. 15 [cited 2024 Jun. 13];29(4):73. Available from:



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