A new nationwide survey reveals 41 percent of U.S. adults age 60 to 69 use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). As a result, these consumers can learn the basics of CAM therapies—including massage therapy, meditation, chiropractic, acupuncture, vitamins and herbal supplements—by reading “Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” the latest topic on NIHSeniorHealth, the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Web site designed especially for older adults.

Seniors are increasingly using the Internet as a tool for health information, and older adults who visit http://nihseniorhealth.gov/cam/toc.html will find helpful information on the basics of CAM , as well as tips on how to be an informed consumer, choose a CAM practitioner and talk candidly with their doctor about CAM use.

NIHSeniorHealth is a joint effort of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM).