Story: Alternative health therapies

New Zealanders' use of alternative health practitioners

The 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey, conducted by the Ministry of Health, examined New Zealanders' use of complementary and alternative health practitioners within the previous 12 months. This graph shows the percentage of adults surveyed who used these practitioners. Of the alternatives, massage therapists were the most popular by far. Visits to alternative practitioners were a small proportion of the total visits to health practitioners.

This is the most up-to-date data available as the annual survey has not measured alternative health practitioner use since 2006/07.

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Alternative health therapies - What are alternative health therapies?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 March 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 6 Apr 2018