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Table 6 Percentage distribution of diseases categories for 156,224,266 traditional Chinese medicine visits by different age groups, 1996–2001, in Taiwan*

From: Use frequency of traditional Chinese medicine in Taiwan

Major disease category Years of age
  0–19 20–39 40–59 >60
Symptoms, signs, ill-defined conditions 13.2 13.2 15.0 16.2
Musculoskeletal system 5.3 15.5 21.0 25.4
Nervous system and sense organs 1.1 2.6 4.2 5.6
Circulatory system 0.2 1.1 2.6 5.6
Endocrine and metabolic diseases 0.2 0.8 1.8 2.3
Mental disorders 0.2 0.7 1.0 1.0
Neoplasm 0.1 0.2 0.4 0.4
Digestive system 9.5 12.9 13.9 13.6
Infectious and parasitic diseases 0.3 0.6 0.5 0.4
Genitourinary system 3.9 10.9 6.7 3.5
Respiratory system 48.3 22.6 20.4 18.6
Skin and subcutaneous tissue 4.0 4.3 2.2 1.7
Injury and poisoning 14.0 15.3 11.9 8.5
  1. *5,836,651 (3.8%) visits had more than one diagnosis. Percentages increased with age. Percentages decreased with age.