Alternative medicine use is on the rise, according to a survey conducted by the US government in 2002.
The survey polled 31,000 people, asking them about their alternative health use, including yoga, massage, prayer, herbs and diet therapies, such as The Zone, Atkins and Ornish.
The survey, which was the largest survey on alternative health approaches in the US, concluded that 62% of American adults used alternative medicine therapies in 2002.
Prayer was the number one alternative therapy used, whether used for one's own health or for the health of another. Forty-three percent of Americans polled use prayer and ten percent participate in prayer groups.
Natural product use, including enzymes, vitamin supplements, herbs and botanicals, was the second most commonly used alternative therapy at nineteen percent, followed by eight percent using deep breathing, meditation, chiropractic care, yoga and massage.
Diet-based therapies, such as Ornish and Atkins, came in last, with … Read More