Patterns and Perceived Benefits of Utilizing Seven Major Complementary Health Approaches in U.S. Older Adults

May 3, 2018   |   Currents in Integrative Healthcare

Recent analysis of 2012 NIH data on integrative healthcare usage by older adults indicates that overall, 29.2% of older adults used any of seven CHA in the past year. Most commonly used CHA included herbal therapies (18.1%), chiropractic (8.4%), and massage (5.7%). More than 60% of older CHA users reported that CHA was important for maintaining health and well-being. Other perceived benefits included improving overall health and feeling better (52.3%), giving a better sense of control over health (27.4%), and making it easier to cope with health problems (24.7%).