Author(s): Gardiner P, Whelan J, White LF, Filippelli AC, Bharmal N,
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Abstract Clinical studies display a wide range of herb use prevalence among racial/ethnic minorities in the United States. We searched databases indexing the literature including CINAHL, EMBASE, Global Health, CAB Abstracts, and Medline. We included studies that reported herbal medicine prevalence among ethnic minorities, African American, Hispanic, or Asian adults living in the United States. Data from 108 included studies found the prevalence of herb use by African Americans was 17 \% (range 1-46 \%); for Hispanics, 30 \% (4-100 \%); and for Asians, 30 \% (2-73 \%). Smaller studies were associated with higher reported herb use (p = 0.03). There was a significant difference (p = 0.01) between regional and national studies with regional studies reporting higher use. While herb usage surveys in racial/ethnic minorities show great variability, indications suggest high prevalence. More research is needed to understand herb use among ethnic/racial minorities, reasons for use, and barriers to disclosure of use to clinicians.
This article was published in J Immigr Minor Health
and referenced in Epidemiology: Open Access