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The Top 6 Complementary and Alternative Medicines and Therapies among Adults


Complementary and alternative medicine and therapies have existed for centuries and continue to be practised today. Treatments include a range of health practices and products from dietary supplements to acupuncture. Some people use these medicines and therapies to treat specific diseases and health conditions, and others use them for holistic or spiritual reasons. Although studies have shown that some complementary and alternative medicine and therapies are effective for certain indications, the effectiveness of most of these therapies has not yet been shown scientifically.


The top 6 complementary and alternative medicines and therapies among American adults in 2007 are:


1. Dietary supplements (17.7% of people): These include a range of herbs, botanicals, vitamins, and minerals such as fish oil, glucosamine, and Echinacea.

2. Deep breathing exercises (12.7%): These exercises involve slow and deep inhalation and exhalation. Deep breathing is believed to relieve stress and provide relaxation.

3. Meditation (9.4%): This ancient discipline has its origins in Eastern spiritual teachings. People are taught to focus their minds to achieve a heightened sense of awareness, tranquility, and balance.

4. Chiropractic treatment (8.6%): Chiropractors attempt to modify the spine and joints to help relieve pain and improve well-being. Common indications are for the back, headaches, and other injuries.

5. Massage (8.3%): Massage therapists work with your muscles and tendons to improve the function of connective tissues and to promote calmness and pain relief.

6. Yoga (6.1%: Many types of yoga involve controlled breathing, stretching, and meditation to achieve balance physically, mentally, and spiritually.

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Complementary medicine...
is now getting popular in the western world.
has existed for ages.
is practised mainly in the eastern world.

People use alternative medicine...
to treat illnesses that traditional medicine cannot treat.
for physical and mental conditions.
mainly for spiritual reason.

It is a fact that...
alternative therapies are good for your bones.
alternative medicine has been scientifically proven to be effective.
alternative medicine is useful for certain conditions.

Breathing exercises...
help you stay calm.
help you concentrate.
help you believe in yourself.

work on your bones.
work on your head.
work on your wounds.

help you connect with your spiritual self.
help draining toxic substances.
help relieve aches.