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Herbsprout is a webblog and podcast dedicated to sharing the health benefits of herbs, food, innovations, and our gut microbiome. Herbsprout seeks to bridge the vast chasm dividing the mainstream medical community, alternative medicine, and Asian medicine, especially of China (TCM), India (Ayurveda), and Japan (eJim & Kampo).

Over 50% of Americans use alternative medicine

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A December 2019 article by Very Well Health says a government survey shows over 36% of Americans use some form of complimentary and alternative health (CAM). March 20, 2019 article by WebMD suggests that number is higher, as "complementary and alternative medicine or CAM is becoming more and more mainstream. They say over half of adult Americans use some form of alternative medicine, according to the WebMD article.

What types of treatments are considered alternative medicine? The WebMD article says that definition is somewhat of a moving target as alternative treatments become more widely accepted.

They include Chinese acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, energy therapies which include reiki and healing touch, herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Japanese Kampo, and Indian Ayurveda. However, the article gives the standard disclaimer, consult your doctor. Common uses of CAM according to the government survey include back pain or problems, colds, neck pain, joint pain or stiffness, and anxiety or depression.

https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/what-is-alternative-medicine

For more information about the government survey, see https://www.verywellhealth.com/alternative-medicine-usage-in-the-us-88732 .

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