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Table 7 Exploratory factor analysis of the nine facets of the HSTCM

From: Further validation of the Health Scale of Traditional Chinese Medicine (HSTCM)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1. PF          
   Palpitation (T14) 0.753         
   Chest distress (T15) 0.752         
   Disorder of the taste (T18) 0.709         
   Tinnitus (T20) 0.677         
   Thirst (T17) 0.666         
   Dizziness (T_13) 0.652         
   Pain (T_16) 0.652         
   Disorder of perspiration (T12) 0.638         
   Gastrointestinal disorder (T19) 0.618         
2. SDSC, CC          
   Satisfaction of appearance (T31)   0.781        
   Satisfaction of body figure (T30)   0.774        
   Concerning the future (T29)   0.749        
   Meaning of life (T32)   0.736        
   Contented sensation of work (T28)   0.703        
   Vivid (T26)   0.689        
   Joy (T25)   0.678        
   Confidence (T27)   0.674        
3. ADBS          
   Great concern (T39)    0.732       
   Upset (T41)    0.721       
   Afraid (T38)    0.696       
   Tension and tired (T42)    0.683       
   Scare (T40)    0.669       
   Worry (T36)    0.599       
   Hesitate (T43)    0.595       
   Insomnia (T37)    0.579       
   Annoyance (T35)    0.531       
4. EG          
   Self-reported health change (T22)     0.749      
   Energy (T23)     0.748      
   Self-reported general health(T21)     0.680      
   Physical strength (T24)     0.675      
5. ANE          
   Cold weather (T2)      0.697     
   Weather change (T1)      0.639     
   Hot weather (T3)      0.615     
   Season change (T4)      0.612     
   Circumstance of temperature difference (T5)      0.586     
6. VOC, SU          
   Urine (T10)       0.677    
   Stool (T11)       0.596    
   Voice (T7)       0.630    
   Voice change (T6)       0.452    
7. ACP          
   Nervous (T44)        0.773   
   Adjustment disorders (T45)        0.753   
8. BAT          
   Activities of daily life (T33)         0.686  
   Focus attentions (T34)         0.562  
9. ANC          
   Anti-disturbance capability (T46)          0.726
   Noisy environment (T47)          0.466
  1. Extraction method: principal component analysis. Equamax rotation with Kaiser Normalization, sorted by size, factor loading < 0.4 suppressed