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The survey included questions on 36 types of CAM therapies commonly used in the United States — 10 types of provider-based therapies, such as acupuncture and chiropractic, and 26 other therapies that do not require a provider, such as herbal supplements and meditation. The NIH Survey also found that "many people feel alternative medicine may work better for them than typical medical approaches, with fewer bad side effects."
The most commonly used CAM therapies among U.S. adults in 2007 were:
- Nonvitamin, nonmineral, natural products (17.7 %)
- Most common: fish oil/omega 3/DHA, glucosamine, echinacea, flaxseed oil or pills, and ginseng
- Deep breathing exercises (12.7 %)
- Meditation (9.4 %)
- Chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation (8.6 %)
- Massage Therapy (8.3 %)
- Yoga (6.1 %)
"As I look at this data, what I'm most struck with is how much people are turning to CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) approaches as partof the management of chronic pain conditions, particularly chronic backpain, but also neck pain and musculoskeletal pain and headache," said Dr.Josephine Briggs, director of the US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the NIH.
The 2007 survey results were based on responses from 23,000 adults nationwide.
Overall, women and people with higher levels of education were more likely to use alternative medicine techniques, the survey concluded.
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