Natural products (non-vitamin, non-mineral dietary supplements) remain the most frequently used complementary health practice among American adults and children since 2007. Meanwhile, massage and relaxation therapies are on the wane, while yoga continues to rise in popularity. So says a new survey from the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, which found nearly 21 million adults (9.5 percent) and 1.7 million children practicing yoga in 2012. Those numbers are nearly double the figures from 2002.
To identify the most happening trends across the wide spectrum of alternative health therapies, statisticians compared 2012 survey answers to similar data gleaned from questionnaires fielded in 2002 and 2007. Along with discovering an abiding passion for the lotus position, the researchers discovered nearly 21.9 million Americans had gone in for a chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation during the year. Meanwhile, just under 19 million adults and children practiced meditation.
source: medical daily