Herbal supplements most common complementary medicine in U.S.
When it comes to alternative or complementary medicines, people in the U.S. use herbal or non-vitamin dietary supplements more than anything else, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report found that in 2012 about 18 percent of American adults said they took herbs and other supplements that were not vitamins and minerals. Next came treatment by a chiropractor or osteopathic physician, at 8.5 percent, followed by 8.4 percent who said they practiced yoga, 6.8 percent who said they had a massage and 4.1 percent who said they meditated.
Results were also different by region. People in the West and Midwest used complementary medicine more than people in other regions. And people living in the Mountain region used herbs and other non-vitamin supplements the most, at 28.7 percent.