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Table 3 CAM preparations used most frequently by older adults without legal guardians

From: Use of complementary and alternative medicine by older adults – a cross-sectional survey

CAM preparation % (n)
Homeopathy
 Schuessler Salts 3.1 (11)
Dietary supplements
 Minerals  
  Magnesium 13.5 (48)
  Calcium 9.0 (32)
  Zinc 2.5 (9)
  Iron 2.0 (7)
 Single vitamins  
  Vitamin C 2.3 (8)
  Vitamin B 1.4 (5)
  Vitamin D 0.8 (3)
 Combination (mineral/vitamin/other) 4.5 (16)
Herbs
 Without specific indication
  Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) tea 6.5 (23)
  Unspecified “herbal” tea 5.1 (18)
  Fennel, anise, caraway (Foeniculum vulgare, Pimpinella anisum, Carum carvi) tea 4.8 (17)
  Peppermint (Mentha piperita) tea 3.7 (13)
 Medicinal formulation  
  Bronchial tea 2.8 (10)
  Kidney-Bladder tea 2.5 (9)
  Gastrointestinal tea 2.3 (8)
 Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) 3.9 (14)
 Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) 2.8 (10)
 St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) 1.4 (5)
External applications
 Ointments  
 Arnica (Arnica montana) 5.6 (20)
 Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 3.1 (11)
 Mountain pine (Pinus Montana) foot cream/balm/footbath 3.1 (11)
 Rubbing alcohol 3.1 (11)
Juices
 Unspecified “vegetable” juice 0.6 (2)
 Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) juice 0.3 (1)
  1. CAM (as defined in this study, see text) preparations that were most frequently used in the respective category. Percent of 355 older adults without legal guardian. Multiple answers possible; 751 answers in total.