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Popularity Of Alternative Medicine Continues To Rise

September 16, 2011 by  

 An estimated 75 percent of people reported that they currently participate in alternative treatments, such as yoga and acupuncture to treat common disorders.More Americans are turning to alternative therapies. According to Physician’s Weekly, although most people surveyed said that they would still use prescription medications to treat common disorders, an estimated 75 percent reported that they currently use alternative treatments, such as yoga and acupuncture.

Additionally, the medical news source reports that 73 percent of those surveyed said they take vitamins regularly, and 57 percent use dietary supplements. Researchers believe that this could be a product of more children being raised by parents who accept these practices, or it could just be attributed to the growing popularity of these therapies.

A 2007 survey conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that approximately 38 percent of U.S. adults and children use alternative treatments. The new findings suggest that the popularity of these treatments continues to grow.

According to Physician’s Weekly, yoga is the most popular of these therapies. The news provider also reported that more doctors are noticing this trend and attempting to integrate methods like acupuncture into their practices.

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  • Ellen

    Perhaps the use of supplements and alternative therapies is a result of seeing friends and relatives damaged by pharmaceuticals. When US medicine changed to the plan of treating the biggest symptom with a drug, rather than finding the cause of the symptom, we ruined our medical system and our health. We’ve had enough time now to realize that getting a prescription drug for every symptom doesn’t make us healthy. Worse, many doctors lack the ability to diagnose problems and rely totally on medical tests which are not reliable.

    • Syl

      Every prescription has a side effect so of course it is better to treat naturally if possible. But doctors and the government want to dictate how everyone is treated for each ailment so they can do research on us. It is even illegal for doctors to suggest alternative treatments that they have seen work on others. Patients are forced to leave the country to get what they want. If we recover on our own, we do not need them. AND NOW THE GOVERNMENT IS MANDATING THAT WE PARTICIPATE IN OBAMACARE. NOT ME!

  • Polski

    You are assuming that the “SICK INDUSTRY” is honest. It’s not. They are interested in making money, not in keeping patients healthy. They are all crooks.

  • coal miner


    Be careful with alternative medicines:
    Placebo or could really work.You be the judge.
    On the downside, a practice with perennial psychological appeal may get absorbed into the agglomeration of traditions that is voodoo or alternative medicine and get the facts.

  • bob wire

    Short few options, ~ it’s inevitable.

    I stay in “pain management” that normal wear & tear and few superman adventures created.

    I’ve had enough success to continue the practice

    as many around me suffer needlessly for being simply bull headed.

    It’s not important that everyone be “right” so I quit fighting them.


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