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For some time Americans have been supporting alternative medicine in the United States. Almost 40% of adults are participating in treatments like: nutritional therapy, acupuncture, yoga, meditation and homeopathy. Most of the treatments are being used by adults though,not children. I am estimating but guess 90% for adults and only 10% for children at present.

Interestingly, people without health insurance and people in lower income brackets spent a much larger proportion of their incomes on alternative medicine. A recent review shows that pain therapies were very popular.

Statistically speaking, 70% believed in the positive effects of complementary and alternative medicine.

The latest statistics show that Americans spend almost 10% of their annual incomes on alternative therapies. The annual amount spent in the USA is over 30 BILLION dollars per year.

Clearly, complementary therapies are not going away. One reason is the time and attention given by holistic doctors versus conventional ones. Getting to the root cause of a health concern is another issue. Safety and efficacy is yet another and a realistic one since western medicine is now the third leading cause of death in this country.

Personally speaking, I am somewhat surprised at the low numbers of participation for both children and for higher income families. I suppose this is due to greater pressure to conform to conventional care from both peers and also institutions like major employers and schools for instance.

These percentages have remained flat for probably close to a decade. More reason for you to be proud to have chosen a different path.

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Author's Bio: 

Dr Taryn DeCicco ND, LAc, LDN of Apple A Day Clinic in Arlington Heights, IL has been practicing Naturopathy, Nutrition, and Acupuncture as a holistic doctor, specializing in acne, skin, digestive disorders, and HPV for over 20 years!