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.
Meditation, massage, and yoga showed significant increases in use between the 2002 and 2007 NCCAM
To encourage the discussion of CAM use, NCCAM
developed an educational campaign called Time to Talk.
Time to Talk offers tools and resources to help doctors and patients communicate more effectively by using wallet cards, posters, and tip sheets - all of which are available free of charge on the NCCAM
groups the wide range of CAM modalities into four domains: 1) mind-body medicine; 2) biologically based practices; 3) manipulative and body-based practices; and 4) energy medicine.
John's wort study which also looked at more severe depression, NCCAM
again surprises us by picking a population that probably should be considering drug therapy or surgery as opposed to a population that may be more suitable for choosing an herbal supplement to treat their symptoms.
There is little in the way of evidence presented in the book for the many therapies suggested, but evidence for many of the complementary modalities can be found in the health care literature and on the NCCAM
As the researchers themselves noted in the NCCAM
study it's difficult to prove or disprove that echinacea fights colds because so many forms of the herb are used.
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.