To clarify the reasons underlying people's use of medical herbalism in the context of contemporary U.K. health care.
Few of the participants had initially set out to try herbalism, most looking for ‘an alternative’ to conventional health care. The main reason for exploring non-conventional options was to seek out health care that would more effectively meet their self-perceived needs in the treatment of a chronic condition. As a result of favourable outcomes from their initial treatment, participants subsequently continued to use herbalism for the management of more general, everyday health problems.
Source - Complementary Therapies in Medicine