According to a 2006 survey by the American Hospital Association (AHA), more than one out of every four hospitals in the U.S. now offer some "alternative" therapies, including acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and massage therapy, among other types of non-Western treatment.
Learning & Resource Center Articles
Hospitals Turning to TCM and Acupuncture, Other non-Western Treatments
By: Sam Gaines, Staff Writer
The survey, conducted every other year by the AHA, involved more than 6,000 hospitals across the country in December 2005. The percentage of hospitals offering "complementary and alternative medicine" (CAM) therapies grew from 8 percent in 1998 to 27 percent in 2005, the survey found.
The top six therapies offered by AHA member hospitals were:
The survey also found that patients paid for most of these services out of pocket.
- Massage therapy (71 percent)
- Tai chi, yoga, or Qi gong (47 percent)
- Relaxation training (43 percent)
- Acupuncture (39 percent)
- Guided imagery (32 percent)
- Therapeutic touch (30 percent)
Source: American Hospital Association, July 2006