Use of Complementary Medicine Amongst Diabetic Patients in a Public Primary Care Clinic on Ipoh

Rabani Remli, Sook Ching Chan

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Abstract

The use of Complementary Medicine (CM) amongst diabetic patients attending the Diabetes/Hypertension Clinic, Out Patient Department, Ipoh Hospital was studied. Forty-three patients were selected by systematic random sampling (1:5) over a one-week period starting 5/12/01. Data were collected by patient interview, from medical records and through a questionnaire. 56% were using CM together with conventional therapy. Most commonly used were herbal therapy, homeopathy and reflexology. The majority took CM daily with a mean duration of 7 years. Over half had subjective relief of pain with increased energy. Patients on CM or conventional therapy both showed poorly controlled FBS levels. There is a need to assess the effect of these therapies on diabetic outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-693
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume58
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003

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Hospital Departments
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Hypertension
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Keywords

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Eurycoma Longifolia
  • Morinda Citrifolia
  • Primary care
  • Use of complementary medicine

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  • Medicine(all)

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Use of Complementary Medicine Amongst Diabetic Patients in a Public Primary Care Clinic on Ipoh. / Remli, Rabani; Chan, Sook Ching.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 58, No. 5, 12.2003, p. 688-693.

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