The NHIS, an annual study in which tens of thousands of Americans are interviewed about their health and illness-related experiences, asked participants about their use of complementary health approaches such as herbal and vitamin supplements, yoga and other alternative treatments and whether they used them to treat a specific health condition or for wellness-related reasons.
They were also asked whether this use led to desirable health-related outcomes. The survey results are based on data from 34,525 adults aged 18 and older in 2012.
More than two-thirds of users of alternative health approaches reported that their use improved their overall health and made them feel better.
Findings from this analysis add to the research documenting the potential for complementary health approaches to promote positive changes in health behavior.
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