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Table 2 Reasons for the use of home remedies

From: Use of home remedies: a cross-sectional survey of patients in Germany

  Very often Often Partly Not often Not at all Total
  % % % % % N
I use home remedies, because       
 Of good experiences 49.0% 24.0% 20.1% 4.2 2.7 408
 Of recommendation 40.6% 25.7% 21.3% 5.9% 6.6% 409
 I can self-care 30.1% 18.6% 28.4% 9.1% 13.7% 408
 I feel better after 28.7% 29.4% 39.0% 1.7% 1.2% 415
 I have them in stock 28.6% 22.2% 27.6% 12.8% 8.9% 406
 I always did that 26.6% 19.9% 30.3% 12.7% 10.7% 403
 Cheaper than drugs 18.6% 14.7% 23.8% 17.4% 25.5% 408
 Symptoms fade away 13.6% 15.3% 59.6% 7.5% 4.1% 413
 Nothing else helps 4.0% 4.7% 31.8% 27.8% 31.8% 403
I use home remedies
 For certain health issues 54.3% 24.8% 16.8% 1.7% 2.4% 416
 Before the use of pharmaceuticals 35.5% 21.1% 26.1% 9.4% 7.9% 417
 To do without pharmaceuticals 31.7% 14.5% 26.4% 12.3% 15.0% 413
 To prevent side effects 27.3% 12.7% 20.2% 19.0% 20.9% 411
 Preventive 26.7% 14.6% 19.9% 18.2% 20.6% 412
 In addition to pharmaceuticals 25.4% 21.1% 29.3% 8.5% 15.7% 413
 When pharmaceuticals do not help 19.3% 12.0% 26.6% 21.2% 21.0% 410
  1. This table shows answers from closed questions about reasons for the use of home remedies.