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Table 2 Health-related characteristics of study participants (N = 378), Association between the use of herbal and respondents’ characteristics

From: Herbal medicines: a cross-sectional study to evaluate the prevalence and predictors of use among Jordanian adults

CharacteristicN (%)Users n(%)Chi Square p value
Personal Health  > 0.05
 Excellent116 (30.7)91 (78.4) 
 Very good154 (40.7)128 (83.7) 
 Good98 (25.9)76 (78.4) 
 Fair7 (1.9)6 (85.7) 
 Poor3 (0.8)2 (66.7) 
Have a Chronic Disease
 Yes65 (17.2)55 (84.6)> 0.05
 No303 (80.2)241 (80.1) 
Chronic Diseases Type*
 Hypertension36 (9.5)32 (88.9)< 0.05
 Diabetes21 (5.6)16 (76.2) 
 Heart diseases8 (2.1)6 (75.0) 
 Others22 (5.8)22 (100.0) 
Familiarity with the natural health products
 Not at all familiar61 (16.1) > 0.05
 Somewhat unfamiliar199 (52.6)  
 Very familiar101 (26.7)  
Used a Herbal products
 Yes303 (80.2) > 0.05
 No73 (19.3)  
Description of Use of frequency of using Herbal products
 Daily50 (13.2) > 0.05
 Weekly69 (18.3)  
 Monthly67 (17.7)  
 Only during a certain season130 (34.4)  
Type of herbal product used
 Vitamins/Minerals82 (21.7) > 0.05
 Herbal remedies185 (48.9)  
 Homeopathic medicines8 (2.1)  
 Traditional medicines33 (8.7)  
 Probiotics1 (0.3)  
 Amino acids and essential fatty acids4 (1.1)  
Use Of Herbals Reason
 Maintain Health68 (18.0) > 0.05
 prevent Illness49 (13.0)  
 Treat Disease101 (26.7)  
 Supplement37 (9.8)  
 Others62 (16.4)  
Experience Side Effect
 Yes81 (21.4) > 0.05
 No236 (62.4)  
Type of Side Effect
 Nausea15 (4.0) > 0.05
 Vomiting20 (5.3)  
 Diarrhea9 (2.4)  
 Constipation5 (1.3)  
 Nervousness/Anxiety10 (2.6)  
 Dizziness7 (1.9)  
 Skin rash8 (2.1)  
 Others5 (1.3)  
  1. *P-value is ≤ 0.05