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In the News: Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research

This graphic depicts two priority areas covering what NCCAM studies[1]: mind and body practices (acupuncture, massage, meditatino, spinal manipulation, deep-breathing exercises, hypnotherapy, qi gong, tai chi, etc.) and natural products (herbs, botanicals, dietary supplements, probiotics, etc.).  Six important questions about complementary health approaches include: pain; interactions and safety; biological effects; mechanisms; healthy behaviors; and symptoms.

August 21, 2013

Today’s Journal of the American Medical Association includes a Viewpoint by NCCAM Director Josephine Briggs and Deputy Director Jack Killen. The commentary addresses current and future directions for studying complementary and alternative medicine and calls for a more nuanced and balanced conversation.

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