Herb Supplements Are the Most Common Complementary Medicine in US
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014 07:41 AM

Herbs and other dietary supplements besides vitamins are the most commonly used type of "complementary medicine" (also called alternative medicine) in the United States, followed by visits to chiropractors, yoga and massage, a new report finds.

In 2012, nearly 18 percent of American adults said they took herbs or other supplements that were not vitamins and minerals. Other types of complementary medicine were less common: 8.5 percent said they were treated by a chiropractor or osteopathic physician, 8.4 percent said they did yoga, 6.8 percent said they had a massage and 4.1 percent said they meditated.

People in the West and Midwest used complementary medicine more commonly than people in other regions, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  For example, 16.4 percent of adults in the central northern United States said they went to a chiropractor or osteopathic doctor for a manipulation treatment, compared to about 6 percent of adults in the South.

The use of herbs and other non-vitamin supplements was highest in Mountain region, where 28.7 percent of adults said they used the supplements, followed by the Pacific and central northern regions, in which about 23 percent of adults said they used supplements.

Other studies show that about half of Americans take some type of dietary supplement, most commonly multivitamins.

Source:  http://www.livescience.com/44866-herb-supplements-complementary-medicine.html