The 10 most frequently reported medical conditions for which CAM was used are:

  • Allergies
  • Back or neck problems
  • Arthritis or rheumatism
  • Difficulty walking
  • Frequent headaches
  • Lung problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Gynecological problems
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Heart problems or chest pain

While cancer is not on this list as it is less prevalent than the ten listed conditions, it is well known that people with cancer are high users of CAM. A paper in the 2006 Journal of Psychosocial Oncology estimated that 80% of adult cancer patients use at least one form of CAM during or after treatment (J Psychosoc Oncol 2006;23(4):35-60).

The 10 most commonly used CAM therapies in Canada are:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Massage
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Prayer/spiritual practice
  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga
  • Herbal therapies
  • Special diet programs
  • Energy healing
  • Naturopathy