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Table 4 Use of CAM (personal and practice), referral patterns, safety/harmfulness, and effectiveness of various complementary/alternative therapies (N = 648)

From: Pediatricians' attitudes, experience and referral patterns regarding complementary/alternative medicine: a national survey

Therapies Therapies practiced (%) Self or Family use (%) Refer for (%) May be effective (%) Safe (%) May be harmful (%)
Acupuncture/Acupressure 3 20.5 34 83 65 6
Aromatherapy 2.5 20 5 26 49 4
Ayurvedic 0.6 3 3 11 8 4
Biofeedback 5 11 52.5 79.5 66 1
Chiropractic 0.9 16 25 54 21 57
Energy healing/polarity Magnetic healing 0.4 6 4 16 24 9
Herbs (N American or Chinese) 5 17 10 52 15 61
High dose anti-oxidant vitamins/minerals 5 17 4 31 13 57
Homeopathy 2 7 5 32 24 23
Hypnosis 3.5 9 29 71 49 5
Imagery 6 10 21 51.5 46 2
Life style diet (Ornish, macrobiotic etc) 5 11 11 39 20.5 30
Massage therapy 8 34 39 75 66 3
Prayer for healing 9 18 9 49 54 8
Reflexology 1 8 5 21 27 3
Relaxation (yoga, meditation) 9 29 32 75 71 2
Touch Therapy 2 5 8 38 43 2