Homeopathy Use by US Adults: Results of a National Survey

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


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Surveys
  • Homeopathy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Homeopathy / trends
  • Humans
  • Integrative Medicine / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • United States