has squandered close to $3 billion on studies of echinacea for colds, Ginkgo biloba for memory loss, glucosamine and chondroitin for arthritis, black cohosh for menopausal hot flashes, saw palmetto for prostate problems, shark cartilage for cancer etc.
It seems that NCCAM
is moving toward biologic based and technical aspects of study.
To encourage the discussion of CAM use, NCCAM
developed an educational campaign called Time to Talk.
As part of its contribution to this effort, NCCAM
seeks to fund research to determine the safety and efficacy of CAM interventions regarding minority health and the possible roles for CAM in contributing to the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities.
is playing a vital role as it provides avenues to determine how integrative therapies can lead to enhanced quality of life for individuals as we enter the new millennium (Corless, Abrams, Nicholas, & McGibbon, 2000).
director, Dr Stephen Straus, said: 'For the first time, a clinical trial with sufficient rigor, size, and duration has shown that acupuncture reduces the pain and functional impairment of osteoarthritis of the knee.
grouped CAM modalities into the following five major domains: alternative medical systems, mind-body interventions, biologically-based treatments, manipulative and body-based methods, and energy therapies (NIH, 2000b).
has awarded more than $1 million to Charles Loprinizi of the Community Clinical Oncology Program in Rochester, Minn, to study shark cartilages ability to heal advanced colorectal or breast cancer--an idea even some of CAM's biggest boosters, such as Dr.
Portland is home to two research centers funded by NCCAM
, one at Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research, and the other at Oregon Health & Science University.
is one of the Centers of the National Institute of Health (NIH).
The database can be found on the NCCAM
website at nccam.
The mission of NCCAM
is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine interventions and their roles in improving health and health care.