A systematic review of the prevalence of herb usage among racial/ethnic minorities in the United States
Center for Integrated Primary Care; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Behavioral Medicine | Health Psychology | Integrative Medicine | Race and Ethnicity
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.
Ethnic, Minority, Herb, Medicinal plant
DOI of Published Version
J Immigr Minor Health. 2013 Aug;15(4):817-28. doi: 10.1007/s10903-012-9661-z. Link to article on publisher's site
Journal of immigrant and minority health
Gardiner, Paula; Whelan, Julia; White, Laura F.; Filippelli, Amanda C.; Bharmal, Nazleen; and Kaptchuk, Ted J., "A systematic review of the prevalence of herb usage among racial/ethnic minorities in the United States" (2013). Center for Integrated Primary Care Publications. 65.