Most Used Natural Products
In 2012, as in 2007, natural products (nonvitamin, nonmineral dietary supplements) were the most frequently used complementary health approach among adults and children. Almost 18 percent of adults and about 5 percent of children used natural products in 2012.
The percentage of Americans who use natural products changed very little between 2007 and 2012. However, the use of some specific natural products increased or decreased dramatically during this period. For example, among adults, the use of melatonin more than doubled.
4 Citation: Clarke TC, Black LI, Stussman BJ, Barnes PM, Nahin RL. Trends in the use of complementary health approaches among adults: United States, 2002–2012. National health statistics reports; no 79. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (240KB PDF)
5 Citation: Black LI, Clarke TC, Barnes PM, Stussman BJ, Nahin RL. Use of complementary health approaches among children aged 4-17 years in the United States: National Health Interview Survey, 2007-2012. National health statistics reports; no 78. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (229KB PDF)