Complementary and Alternative Medicine Quiz

Ten questions to test your smarts

The following complementary and alternative medicine quiz from the Mayo Clinic was eye-opening. If you like, test your knowledge in the following quick quiz. The Health Hound hopes you learn something new about this type of medicine.

  1. The most commonly used alternative and complementary therapy in the United States is:
    a) prayer
    b) meditation
    c) herbal supplements
    d) chiropractic care

  2. The percentage of American adults who use some form of complementary or alternative medicine is:
    c) 62%
    d) 84%

  3. Women are more likely to use complementary therapies than men are:
    a) true
    b) false

  4. The most common condition for which people turn to complementary and alternative medicine is:
    a) anxiety
    b) arthritis
    c) back pain
    d) common cold

  5. The most common reason people give for using a complementary or alternative therapy is:
    a) thought it would be interesting to try
    b) wanted to try something in addition to conventional treatments
    c) thought conventional treatments wouldn't help
    d) their doctor suggested it
  6. Approximately how much money is spent yearly on complementary and alternative therapies?
    a) $36 million to $47 million
    b) $360 million to $470 million
    c) $3.6 billion to $4.7 billion
    d) $36 billion to $47 billion

  7. Some forms of complementary and alternative medicine have been practiced for more than 1,000 years.
    a) true
    b) false

  8. "Integrative medicine" refers to:
    a) healing of mind, body and spirit
    b) whole-body treatment vs. symptoms-based care
    c) combining complementary and alternative therapies with conventional medicine
    d) all of the above

  9. Diet and exercise are the foundation of optimal health:
    a) true
    b) false

  10. Studies don't support a correlation between mental and physical health:
    a) true
    b) false

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