Health Tips: 54% of women use Prayer: The Most Common Complementary & Alternative Medicine Practice

What is the most common type of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatment that mid-life women in the United States use to maintain their health?

Researchers analyzed data from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) involving a random national sample of 5,849 women ages 40-59 years. Overall, 46 percent of women used some type of CAM treatment in the past 12 months, with the most common being herbs (25 percent), other natural products (9 percent); relaxation techniques (deep breathing exercises 17 percent, progressive relaxation 6 percent) ; chiropractic care (10 percent); and yoga (8 percent). However, the most common CAM practice used for health was prayer (54 percent).