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Hospitals Turning to TCM and Acupuncture, Other non-Western Treatments
By: Sam Gaines, Staff Writer
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 ¬ďalternative¬Ē therapies, including acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and massage therapy, among other types of non-Western treatment.

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 ¬ďcomplementary and alternative medicine¬Ē (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:
  • 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)
The survey also found that patients paid for most of these services out of pocket.

Source: American Hospital Association, July 2006