Medical experts are struck by how many are using Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) in the USA.
The study by the National Health Interview Survey in 2007 reported findings similar to that of 2002. Data was collected from:
1- 23,300 adults were interviewed about their own use of Complementary/Alternative medicine
2- 9,400 adults were interviewed about the use of Complementary/Alternative medicine by their children.
Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicines in the USA is up 38% in 2007 from 36% in 2002.
17.7% percent use natural products such as: glucosamine, echinacea, ginseng
CAM use is greater:
- Among women
- Those with higher levels of education
- Those who are not poor
- Those who live in the West
- Those who have quit smoking
Medical experts believe it is important that health care providers talk to their patients about (CAM)