Preferences and Limitations of Herbal Medicine Use Among Patients at a Community Acupuncture Clinic

Many licensed acupuncturists gain significant experience in herbal medicine as part of their training and recommend these products to patients. Despite widespread use of botanical
medicine, a systematic review of the literature identified few studies on practical aspects of herbal administration, such as adherence, preferred preparation type, and patient concerns. It would be advantageous for practitioners who frequently recommend herbal products to know
what influences patients’ choices and compliancy, in addition to what prevents patients who could benefit from herbal therapy from considering the modality.