Wellness-related Use of Common Complementary Health Approaches Among Adults: United States, 2012

A new report presents national estimates of selected wellness-related reasons for the use of natural product supplements, yoga, and spinal manipulation among U.S. adults in 2012. Self-reported perceived health outcomes were also examined.

Data was taken from 34,525 adults aged 18 and over collected as part of the 2012 National Health Interview Survey were analyzed for the report.

In particular, whether adults who used selected complementary health approaches did so to treat a specific health condition or for any of five wellness-related reasons was examined, as well as whether these adults perceived that this use led to any of nine health-related outcomes.

Key Findings from the Report:

  • Users of natural product supplements and yoga were more likely to have reported using the approach for a wellness reason than for treatment of a specific health condition, whereas more spinal manipulation users reported using it for treatment rather than for wellness.
  • The most common wellness-related reason reported by users of each of the three approaches was for ‘‘general wellness or disease prevention.’’
  • The majority of users of all three health approaches reported that they perceived this use improved their overall health and made them feel better.
  • Yoga users perceived higher rates of all of the self-reported wellness-related health outcomes than users of natural product supplements or spinal manipulation.
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