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.
Breaking Acupuncture News
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 ¬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:
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