Over the past decade, there has been an emergence of interest in complementary and alternative medicine among many Western nations. It has been estimated that about 30% to 40% of Americans use various alternative therapies for many illnesses.1,2 A similar prevalence has been reported in the United Kingdom.3 One estimate of the financial impact is that more than $13 billion is spent annually on complementary and alternative techniques in the United States alone.4
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