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Am J Public Health. 2016 Apr;106(4):743-5. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.303025. Epub 2016 Feb 18.

Homeopathy Use by US Adults: Results of a National Survey.

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All of the authors were with the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, when this work was performed. Roger B. Davis is also with the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA. Ted J. Kaptchuk is also with the Program in Placebo Studies, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston.


We used the 2012 National Health Interview Survey to compare homeopathy users with supplement users and those using other forms of complementary and integrative medicine. Among US adults, 2.1% used homeopathy within the past 12 months. Respiratory and otorhinolaryngology complaints were most commonly treated (18.5%). Homeopathy users were more likely to use multiple complementary and integrative medicine therapies and to perceive the therapy as helpful than were supplement users. US homeopathy use remains uncommon; however, users perceive it as helpful.

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