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Table 4 Reasons for use, source of herbal medication, and recommendation for herbal medication of the pregnant women, Addis Ababa, 2017 (n = 67)

From: Self-medication practice and associated factors among pregnant women in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Variables   n (%)*
Reasons for herbal medication* Time saving 9 (13.4)
  Easily available herbal medicines 46 (68.7)
  Disease not serious 35 (52.2)
  Less risk of herbal medicines than modern medicines 17 (25.4)
  High cost of visiting health professionals and health service 3 (4.5)
  Long waiting time for health services 4 (6)
Source of herbal medications* Family 5 (7.5)
  Homemade remedies 33 (49.3)
  Neighbors 23 (34.3)
  Market or shop 7 (10.4)
  Traditional healer 1 (1.5)
Recommended for herbal medication by* My Self 28 (41.8)
My husband, family or neighbors 35 (52.2)
  Traditional healer 2 (3)
  Traditional birth attendant 5 (7.5)
  1. *More than one choice can made by a pregnant woman