ATLANTA — Alternative therapies, including yoga, meditation, herbs and Atkins-style diets, appeared to be growing in popularity in the United States, perhaps because of dissatisfaction with conventional care, the government said Thursday.
More than a third of American adults followed such practices in 2002, according to the government survey of 31,000 people, the largest study of nonconventional approaches in the United States.
If prayer is included, about 62% of U.S. adults used some form of alternative practice.
The results seemed to indicate more people were turning to alternative therapies, though the 2002 survey could not be directly compared to previous studies because of differences in size and survey methods, health officials said.
The top alternative therapies included prayer (43% of adults), natural products (19%), meditation (8%) and diets such as Atkins, Ornish or the Zone (4%).