Table 2

CAM use among participants with radiographic-confirmed knee osteoarthritis by race (N = 2583)
Category* African Americans Caucasian Americans
(n = 508) (n = 2075)
percentage
Alternative medical systems 0.2 1.4
 Acupuncture/ Acupressure 0.2 1.0
 Ayurveda/biofeedback/energy healing/ hypnosis/naturopathy/Homeopathy 0.0 0.7
Mind-body interventions 13.8 9.7
 Yoga/Tai Chi/Chi Gong/pilates 2.8 6.5
 Relaxation therapy, meditation, deep breathing or visualization, spiritual activities 12.4 4.7
Manipulation and body-based methods 1.4 6.1
Energy therapies 3.7 3.5
Biologically based therapies: topical agents 23.2 10.7
Biologically based therapies: supplements 17.9 35.4
 Glucosamine (nearly every day) 11.6 31.7
 Chondroitin (nearly every day) 10.4 29.0
 Vitamins/minerals 5.5 6.4
 Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) 3.9 6.3
 Herbs 3.0 1.2
 S-adenosylmethionine (SAME) 0.4 0.5
Biologically based therapies: diet 1.2 1.0

*As defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Yang et al.

Yang et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:86   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-86

Open Data