Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in the Black Community

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is substantial among Black people; however, research on the characteristics of Black people who use of CAM to treat specific conditions is scarce.

Everything made and sold at Shabbazz Organics is CAM.

The herbs I make are designed to complement what you are already prescribed to take – or it is made to use as an alternative to a prescription because you do not want to take harmful pharmacueticals – this is the basic meaning of CAM.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is substantial among U.S. adults with estimates ranging from 29 to 68 percent. The most recent nationally representative estimate of CAM use in the past 12 months (including prayer) was 62.1 percent, and even higher prevalence has been reported among Black people, with 67.6–71.3 percent using CAM.

Prayer for health reasons, herbals, and deep breathing exercises are the most common CAMs used by the general population, and Black people have a similar profile with prayer for health reasons, herbals, and relaxation emerging as most prevalent.

CAM use is common among people with chronic conditions; and Black people with chronic conditions are at least 3 times more likely to use CAM than not. In the many studies, CAM use is defined as any use in the past 12 months. However, questions still remain, especially among non-wight groups, regarding whether those who have used CAM in the past year were using it for prevention (e.g., taking megavitamins to prevent a cold or anti-oxidants to boost the immune system) or to treat a specific condition (e.g., using acupuncture or chiropractic care for back pain).

Understanding more about what factors are associated with individuals who use CAM for treatment may help Shabbazz Organics improve how we make our future blends.

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