Table 4

Use of CAM (personal and practice), referral patterns, safety/harmfulness, and effectiveness of various complementary/alternative therapies (N = 648)

Therapies

Therapies practiced (%)

Self or Family use (%)

Refer for (%)

May be effective (%)

Safe (%)

May be harmful (%)


Acupuncture/Acupressure

3

20.5

34

83

65

6

Aromatherapy

2.5

20

5

26

49

4

Ayurvedic

0.6

3

3

11

8

4

Biofeedback

5

11

52.5

79.5

66

1

Chiropractic

0.9

16

25

54

21

57

Energy healing/polarity Magnetic healing

0.4

6

4

16

24

9

Herbs (N American or Chinese)

5

17

10

52

15

61

High dose anti-oxidant vitamins/minerals

5

17

4

31

13

57

Homeopathy

2

7

5

32

24

23

Hypnosis

3.5

9

29

71

49

5

Imagery

6

10

21

51.5

46

2

Life style diet (Ornish, macrobiotic etc)

5

11

11

39

20.5

30

Massage therapy

8

34

39

75

66

3

Prayer for healing

9

18

9

49

54

8

Reflexology

1

8

5

21

27

3

Relaxation (yoga, meditation)

9

29

32

75

71

2

Touch Therapy

2

5

8

38

43

2


Sawni and Thomas BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2007 7:18   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-7-18

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