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Used by 1/3 of Americans

Mind-Body Therapies Become More Mainstream

Complementary and alternative medicine is used by more than 1/3 of Americans and that number is expected to rise as conventional medical providers recommend mind-body therapies (MBT), such as yoga and meditation, to their patients. Once thought of as being “on the fringe” of mainstream medical care, research from Harvard Med School and Beth Israel Deaconess Med Ctr says that is no longer the case. Researchers collected data from over 23,000 US households and found that 3% - about 6.3 million people - were referred to MBT by mainstream providers. "These data suggest that mind-body therapies have really become a mainstream approach to care," says senior author Russell Phillips, MD. "But more research is needed to guide physician and patient decision-making regarding their use."


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