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Americans spend just under €27 billion a year on complementary healthcare.
The most popular therapies are Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Yoga, Meditation and Massage.
The most popular supplements include fish oils, glucosamine, probiotics, melatonin, Coenzyme Q10 and echinacea.
Five complementary therapies are to be put on the same footing as conventional medicine in Switzeraland.
The interior ministry has decided to apply the “principle of trust” for homeopathy, holistic medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.
Pain intensity for fibromyalgia patients showed 41pc drop with acupuncture and the benefits were still being felt a year later.
Fibromyalgia affects one in 20 people who suffer chronic widespread pain, fatigue and disordered sleep.
Nine in 10 of these people try some form of complementary therapy.
The latest study has found that nine weekly sessions of individually tailored acupuncture cut the pain intensity, improved function and quality of life.
Patients who had the treatment found the drop in their blood pressure lasted up to six weeks.
Electroacupuncture was used in the project, which is the first to scientifically confirm that the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture can benefit mild to moderate high blood pressure.