NCCAM Web Site Information and Policies
On this page:
- Who funds the NCCAM Web site?
- Does NCCAM endorse products or other Web sites?
- What is NCCAM's linking policy?
- What is the source of the medical information on this site?
- Does NCCAM provide medical advice or referrals?
- What is the copyright policy for text and images on NCCAM's Web site?
- What is the schedule for posting content?
- What is NCCAM's Social Media Comments Policy?
Who funds the NCCAM Web site?
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and its Web site are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), United States Government.
Does NCCAM endorse products or other Web sites?
No, NCCAM does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. The information on NCCAM's Web site may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. Any use of a 3rd-party image/logo or participation in or use of a 3rd-party Web site does not imply endorsement. NCCAM may “follow” or “Like” non-government organizations on 3rd-party sites, but this does not indicate endorsement of that organization or of its views or site content.
What is NCCAM's linking policy?
Linking to Us
Organizations are welcome to link to the NCCAM Web site. Links to the NCCAM Web site may not give the appearance of endorsing any commercial products, processes, or services.
External Links: Exit Notification/Disclaimer Policy
- This graphic notice () means that you are leaving the NCCAM Web site for a non-federal site.
- The external link provides additional information or a service that is consistent with the intended purpose of the federal site.
- Linking to a non-federal site does not constitute an endorsement by NCCAM, HHS, or any of its employees.
NCCAM is not responsible for the availability, accessibility, or content of these external sites, nor does NCCAM endorse information described or offered at these other Web sites.
What is the source of the medical information on this site?
Medical information presented on this site is derived from rigorous research on complementary and alternative medicine. Fact sheets produced by NCCAM are carefully reviewed by both NCCAM scientists and outside experts. The NIH has developed information quality guidelines to maintain the high quality of information.
Does NCCAM provide medical advice or referrals?
It is not the intention of NCCAM to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand complementary and alternative medicine. Mention of a specific treatment or resource on NCCAM's Web site does not imply endorsement by NCCAM, NIH, or DHHS.
NCCAM cautions users not to seek the complementary and alternative therapies described on this site without consulting a licensed health care provider to discuss both the advantages and risks of complementary and alternative medical treatments.
If you contact the NCCAM Clearinghouse for information, please be aware that specific medical advice or referrals to alternative health care practitioners cannot be provided. Information Specialists at the NCCAM Clearinghouse are trained to assist callers and provide other sources of information. However, because Information Specialists are not health care professionals, the information they provide cannot substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your primary health care provider.
- We collect no personally identifiable information (PII) about you unless you choose to provide that information to us.
- Any PII you choose to provide is protected.
- Non-PII information related to your visit to our websites may be automatically collected and temporarily stored.
NCCAM's Privacy Policies: How NCCAM Collects and Uses Information
NCCAM's Privacy Policies: How NCCAM Uses Third-Party Web Sites and Applications
What is the copyright policy for text and images on NCCAM's Web site?
Text: Text on the NCCAM Web site is not copyrighted and is in the public domain. You may print and copy our publications. Please credit the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine as the source, and include the publication title and date, where applicable. Do not use our information in a way that suggests we endorse any commercial product or service. Because we routinely review and update information, we encourage you to link directly to our Web site.
Occasionally, the NCCAM site may contain documents or links to documents, such as full-text journal articles, that are copyright protected. Web users may view and print these documents. Contact the copyright owner for any other uses.
What is the schedule for posting content?
We post information as it becomes available, unless otherwise required by law. Some areas of the NCCAM Web site are updated daily while others may not be updated for weeks or months.