Nationwide Survey Reveals Significant Increases in Mind and Body Approaches

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A comprehensive nationwide survey conducted in 2017 unveiled a substantial increase in the adoption of mind and body practices among Americans of all ages, particularly in the areas of yoga and meditation.

Survey Methodology

The 2017 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), surveyed thousands of Americans regarding their health experiences. The survey questionnaire focused on the utilization of specific complementary health approaches, including yoga, meditation, and chiropractic care.

Key Findings

Adult Population

* Yoga emerged as the most prevalent complementary health practice among adults in 2017, with an adoption rate of 14.3%, up from 9.5% in 2012.
* The prevalence of meditation among adults witnessed a remarkable threefold increase, jumping from 4.1% in 2012 to 14.2% in 2017.
* The use of chiropractic care experienced a modest increase from 9.1% to 10.3% during the same period.
* Gender and ethnicity played a role in the adoption patterns: women were more inclined to engage in yoga, meditation, and chiropractic services, while non-Hispanic white adults were more likely to embrace these practices compared to their Hispanic and non-Hispanic black counterparts.

Pediatric Population

* The survey revealed a significant increase in yoga adoption, rising from 3.1% in 2012 to 8.4% in 2017 among children aged 4-17.
* The utilization of meditation also experienced a notable surge, climbing from 0.6% to 5.4% during the same period.
* The use of chiropractic care remained relatively stable, showing no statistically significant difference between 2012 and 2017.
* Gender and age influenced the adoption rates: girls and older children (12-17 years) were more inclined to engage in yoga, meditation, and chiropractic services than boys and younger children (4-11 years), respectively.
* Non-Hispanic white children had higher adoption rates for yoga and chiropractic care than non-Hispanic black children and Hispanic children.

Additional Context

The 2017 NHIS survey is part of a continuing series conducted since 2002 to monitor the evolving landscape of complementary health practices in the United States. It highlights the growing popularity of mind and body approaches, particularly among American adults.


The findings of this nationwide survey underscore the increasing integration of mind and body practices into the lives of Americans of all ages. These practices offer potential health benefits and contribute to overall well-being. Further research is warranted to explore the long-term impact of these approaches on health and healthcare delivery.

Author: Dr. Emily Green


[1] National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. (2018). Complementary Health Practices Among Adults and Children: United States, 2012 and 2017.
[2] National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. (2018). About NCCIH.
[3] National Institutes of Health. (2018). About NIH.

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