National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine


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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

 (NCCAM)
an institute of the national institutes of health, dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative medicine practices in the context of rigorous science, training researchers in the field, and disseminating authoritative information.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

A division of health care alternatives that operates under the aegis of the US National Institutes of Health.
 
Mission
(1) Explore complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigourous science.
(2) Train complementary and alternative medicine researchers.
(3) Disseminate authoritative information to the public and professionals.

Na·tion·al Cen·ter for Com·ple·men·ta·ry and Al·ter·na·tive Med·i·cine

(NCCAM) (nash'ŏ-năl sen'tĕr kom'plĕ-ment'ă-rē awl-tĕr'nă-tiv med'i-sin)
A federal program established to support development and research of complementary and alternative medicines for the safety of the public.
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[4.] National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Available from: http://www.nccam.nih.gov/health/whatiscam/.
(6.) The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Medicine.
Low Dog served on the White House Commission of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and has served as a member of the Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
"While both children and adults are using CAM at high rates, the types of therapies they use and the conditions for which they are using these therapies vary between children and adults," Richard Nahin, Ph.D., acting director of the division of extramural research at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of NIH, said at a press briefing.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), an institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was created because consumers of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and health care practitioners wanted to know whether available alternative medical options were safe and effective.
The National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine advises and makes recommendations to the director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) on matters related to the center's research activities and functions.
In recent years the use of CAM has become an accepted fact internationally, to the extent that the National Institute of Health of the United States has a National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), and many medical schools have CAM departments.
"This rigorous, large-scale study showed that the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate appeared to help people with moderate to severe pain from knee osteoarthritis, but not those with mild pain," says Stephen Straus, director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
According to a 2002 health survey developed by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics, 36% of U.S.
CONTACT: American Institute for Cancer Research, (800)843-8114, www.aicr.org; National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, www.nccam.nih.gov; North American Menopause Society, (440)442-7550, www.menopause.org.
Karne and his colleagues at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Bethesda, Md., tested a commonly used dose of oral glucosamine in 20 normal-weight and 20 obese adults.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is funding five new research centers to study complementary and alternative approaches to HIV/AIDS, arthritis, asthma, and pain.
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