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Table 3 Frequency distribution of the top 10 disease categories for prescribing CHPs containing phytoestrogens*

From: Prescription profile of Chinese herbal products containing coumestrol, genestein, and/or daidzein among female users: an analysis of national health insurance data in Taiwan between 1997 and 2007

Major disease category ICD-9-CM code range Number of visits %
Total - 1,389,244 100
Diseases of the respiratory system 460–519 556,464 40.1
Symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions 780–799 263,742 19.0
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 710–739 152,471 11.0
Diseases of the digestive system 520–579 105,448 7.6
Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue 680–709 95,315 6.9
Diseases of the genitourinary system 580–629 65,837 4.7
Injury and poisoning 800–999 39,366 2.8
Diseases of the nervous system and sense organs 320–389 35,585 2.6
Diseases of the circulatory system 390–459 22,932 1.7
Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases, and immunity disorders 240-279 14,889 1.1
  1. The population was women aged 0–99 years among the one-million patient NHIRD cohort.
  2. *Phytoestrogens mainly contained coumestrol, genistein and/or daidzein.