BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:133

In Australia a third of the population regularly visits a natural therapist and two thirds regularly take vitamins and other “natural” treatments, says a recent survey from the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health Commission. The study showed that Australians spend more than £451m ($677m) a year on alternative medicines and treatments.

The most popular branches are chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, massage, herbal medicine, and homoeopathy, but many other treatments …

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