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According to a New Government Survey, 38 Percent of Adults and 12 Percent of Children Use Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Date:12/10/2008

ears: 44.1 percent, 60-69 years: 41.0 percent)
  • Those with higher levels of education (Masters, doctorate or professional: 55.4 percent)
  • Those who were not poor (poor: 28.9 percent, near poor: 30.9 percent, not poor: 43.3 percent)
  • Those living in the West (44.6 percent)
  • Those who have quit smoking (48.1 percent).
  • CAM Use Among Children

    Overall, CAM use among children is nearly 12 percent, or about 1 in 9 children. Children are five times more likely to use CAM if a parent or other relative uses CAM. Other characteristics of adult and child CAM users are similar --- factors such as socioeconomic status, geographic region, the number of health conditions, the number of doctor visits in the last 12 months, and delaying or not receiving conventional care because of cost are all associated with CAM use.

    Among children who used CAM in the past 12 months, CAM therapies were used most often for back or neck pain, head or chest colds, anxiety or stress, other musculoskeletal problems, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).

    The most commonly used CAM therapies among children were

    • Nonvitamin, nonmineral, natural products (3.9 percent)

    Most common: echinacea, fish oil/omega 3/DHA, combination herb pill, flaxseed oil or pills, and prebiotics or probiotics

    • Chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation (2.8 percent)
    • Deep breathing exercises (2.2 percent)
    • Yoga (2.1 percent).

    "The survey results provide information on trends and a rich set of data for investigating who in America is using CAM, the practices they use, and why," said Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D., MPH, acting director of NCCAM's Division of Extramural Research and co-au
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    SOURCE National Institutes of Health; National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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