Last year, 7 percent of the Dutch population consulted alternative healers, e.g. homoeopathists, acupuncturists, natural healers, magnetic or paranormal healers. If GPs practising alternative treatment methods are included, the rate rises to 11 percent. In 1981, only 4 percent in the Dutch population put their trust in alternative healers.
Middle-aged (age category 45–65) individuals are keen on alternative healing methods. Young people and over-65s appear to be less enthusiastic. Women more often consult alternative healers than men: in the past year, the gender-specific rates were 9 and 5 percent respectively.
Consulting to alternative healers