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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: What People Aged 50 and Older Discuss With Their Health Care Providers

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Reasons for CAM Use

When those who used CAM were asked why they used these approaches, the most common reasons were to prevent illness or for overall wellness (77 percent) or to reduce pain or treat painful conditions (73 percent) (Figure 4). Other popular uses were to treat a specific health condition (59 percent) or to supplement conventional medicine (53 percent).


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