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Results from 2012 National Health Interview Survey

03/12/2013 | By |

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), along with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just released results from its 2012 National Health Interview Survey on the usage of complementary and integrative products and modalities among adults and children.

Some interesting findings include:

• 2012 overall usage is about the same, once 2002 and 2007 results were adjusted.

• Yoga usage has nearly doubled among whites, blacks and Hispanics.

• Various therapies and modalities are used complementary to, not in lieu of (‘alternative medicine’) conventional medical delivery.

• An increase of products and modalities to address pain management.

• Herbal medicine usage remains largest category.

• Fish oil and melatonin usage has increase exponentially, while glucosamine, chondroitin and Echinacea usage has dropped precipitously.

• Significant drop in usage among the poor.