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Health problems from CAM products’ use have been reported in the lay media, by government agencies, and by published studies in medical journals [18, 19].Such health problems can arise from improper use of the product, improper/inaccurate content, and product tampering and defects that can alter product identity, quality, purity, strength, and/or composition .In addition, certain CAM modalities may cause adverse reactions such as causing interactions with conventional medicines, worsening the side effects of conventional therapies, or negatively influencing compliance to conventional treatment compromising its desired outcome [21, 22].Historical and current studies indicate that the Eastern region of the Mediterranean (EMR), which includes most Arab countries, has been distinguished from other regions by a rich inventory of CAM products, in particular, herbal medicine .
The main objectives of this study were to estimate prevalence of CAM products use in a nationally representative sample of Lebanese adults and to identify specific factors associated with such use. Queda prohibida la reproducción, distribución, comunicación pública y utilización, total o parcial, de los contenidos de esta web, en cualquier forma o modalidad, sin previa, expresa y escrita autorización, incluyendo, en particular, su mera reproducción y/o puesta a disposición como resúmenes, reseñas o revistas de prensa con fines comerciales o directa o indirectamente lucrativos, a la que se manifiesta oposición expresa.Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Beirut Arab University, Riad El-Solh Square, P. Box 11-5020, Beirut 1107 2809, Lebanon Received 16 February 2015; Revised 23 April 2015; Accepted Academic Editor: Evelin Tiralongo Copyright © 2015 F. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. To examine the prevalence and correlates of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use in Lebanon. A cross-sectional survey was conducted through face to face interviews on a nationally representative sample of 1,475 Lebanese adults.A comparable prevalence of CAM use (71%) was also reported in Kuwait, and the main type of CAM used was herbal remedy .The popularity and increased use of CAM products have led to concerns about their safety and possible health risks.