Thursday, February 26, 2009

In the United States, are men more likely to use complementary and alternative therapies than women?

The most comprehensive and reliable findings to date on Americans' use of CAM were released in May 2004 by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). They came from the 2002 edition of the NCHS's National Health Interview Survey, an annual study in which tens of thousands of Americans are interviewed about their health-related and illness-related experiences. The 2002 edition included detailed questions on CAM. It was completed by 31,044 adults aged 18 years or older from the U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population. According to the results of that survey, some people are more likely than others to use CAM. Overall, CAM is used more by:
Women than men.
People with higher educational levels.
People who have been hospitalized in the past year.
Former smokers, compared with current smokers or those who have never smoked.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body's defense mechanisms and processes so as to prevent or treat illness. Treatment involves giving very small doses of substances called remedies that, according to homeopathy, would produce the same or similar symptoms of illness in healthy people if they were given in larger doses.
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Why Health Supplements?

People take supplements for many reasons. A scientific study on this topic was published in 2002. In it, over 2,500 Americans reported on supplements they used (given the categories of vitamins/minerals and herbal products/natural supplements) and for what reasons.
Some uses of dietary supplements have become part of conventional medicine For example, scientists have found that the vitamin folic acid prevents certain birth defects, and a regimen of vitamins and zinc can slow the progression of the eye disease age-related macular degeneration. On the other hand, some supplements are considered to be CAM--either the supplement itself or one or more of its uses.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

What Is Ayurvedic Medicine?

The aim of Ayurveda is to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. This is believed to help prevent illness and promote wellness.In Ayurvedic philosophy, people, their health, and the universe are all thought to be related. It is believed that health problems can result when these relationships are out of balance.In Ayurveda, herbs, metals, massage, and other products and techniques are used with the intent of cleansing the body and restoring balance.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

True or False?

In the United States, approximately one third to two thirds of the adult population uses some form of CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)?
True. According to a report from The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health, during the 12 months prior to 2002, in the United States, 36% of adults were using some form of CAM. When megavitamin therapy and prayer specifically for health reasons were included in the definition of CAM, that number rose to 62%.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Who Uses Chiropractic And For What Health Problems?

In 1997, it was estimated that Americans made nearly 192 million visits a year to chiropractors. Over 88 million of those visits were to treat back or neck pain.In one recent survey, more than 40 percent of patients receiving chiropractic care were being treated for back or low-back problems.More than half of those surveyed said that their symptoms were chronic. Conditions commonly treated by chiropractors include back pain, neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, and repetitive strains.
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Monday, February 2, 2009

What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic ('kye-roh-PRAC-tic') is a form of health care that focuses on the relationship between the body's structure, primarily of the spine, and function. Doctors of chiropractic, who are also called chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, use a type of hands-on therapy called manipulationThe application of controlled force to a joint, moving it beyond the normal range of motion in an effort to aid in restoring health. Manipulation may be performed as a part of other therapies or whole medical systems, including chiropractic medicine, massage, and naturopathy. (or adjustment) as their core clinical procedure.
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