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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged >18 Years Who Used Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) During the Preceding 12 Months, by sex --- United States, 2002


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More than half of adults used some type of CAM during the preceding 12 months. Of the 27 types* of CAM studied, prayer for health reasons was the most frequently used. Women were more likely than men to use CAM, including prayer for health reasons, natural products (e.g., nonvitamins and nonminerals such as herbs or herbal medicine), and deep-breathing exercises.

* Includes acupuncture; ayurveda; homeopathic treatment; naturopathy; chelation therapy; folk medicine; nonvitamin, nonmineral, and natural products; diet-based therapies (six subgroups); megavitamin therapy; chiropractic care; massage; biofeedback; meditation; guided imagery; progressive relaxation; deep-breathing exercises; hypnosis; yoga; tai chi; qi gong; prayer for health reasons; and energy healing therapy/Reiki. Respondents might have reported using more than one type of therapy.

SOURCES: Barnes PM, Powell-Griner E, McFann K, Nahin RL. Complementary and alternative medicine use among adults: United States, 2002. Advance data from vital and health statistics; no. 343. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2004. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad343.pdf.

2002 National Health Interview Survey. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.



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