In the News
Upward trends in yoga and some supplement use by children. The overall use of complementary health practices among children four to 17 years old didn't change significantly from 2007 to 2012, according to the National Health Interview Survey, but there were changes in specific areas. Use of traditional healers (such as a shaman, Native American healer, or curandero) and homeopathy dropped significantly, whereas yoga practice increased. The intake of some nonvitamin supplements, such as fish oil, increased, although the use of others, such as echinacea, decreased. Girls were four times more likely to practice yoga and tai chi than boys. Children took seven times more melatonin in 2012. About 45% of complementary treatments are sought to help specific problems, especially back or neck pain, colds, anxiety, or stress. Parents who graduated high school were seven times more likely to seek alternative approaches for their children than parents who didn't. Read the report at http://1.usa.gov/1BvgHci.