In 2007, 38 percent of Americans used complementary and alternative medicine (referred to by researchers as CAM). Mind-body therapies, which include things like yoga and tai chi, are a type of CAM. Use of CAM in the United States has increased since 2002, with mind-body therapies comprising 75 percent of the rise, the researchers say.
According to the survey they found more than 6.3 million Americans used mind-body treatment because that's what was recommended by their doctor. (That compares with 34.8 million who were self-referred).
The lead researcher, Dr Aditi Nerurkar of Harvard Medical says:
"What we learned suggests that providers are referring their patients for mind-body therapies as a last resort once conventional therapeutic options have failed...It makes us wonder whether referring patients for these therapies earlier in the treatment process could lead to less use of the health care system, and possibly, better outcomes for these patients."
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