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Long-Term Trends in the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies in the United States

Harvard researchers have found that the use of complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is skyrocketing. Investigators conducted 2,055 telephone interviews of U.S. residents, aged 18 years or older. In total, 67.6% of respondents had tried at least one CAM therapy, such as chiropractic, acupuncture, yoga, biofeedback, nutritional supplementation or other approaches. Younger individuals were more likely to use CAM, compared with older people. Specifically, by age 33, 30% of pre-baby boomers, 50% of baby boomers and 70% of post-baby boomers had used CAM - regardless of socio-demographic makeup.  "The findings really dispel two ideas, namely that complementary and alternative medicine is just a passing fad, and that it is used by one particular segment of society," said chief investigator, Ronald Kessler.

Kessler RC, Davis RB, Foster DF, Van Rompay MI, Walters EE, Wilkey SA, Kaptchuk TJ, Eisenberg DM. Ann Intern Med. 2001 (Aug 21); 135 (4): 262-268 ~ FULL TEXT