Office of Alternative Medicine


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Office of Alternative Medicine

A section of the NIH established in 1992 by the US Congress, the purpose of which is to investigate the claims of efficacy for various forms of alternative therapy, and their possible health benefits; it was replaced in 1998 by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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So what about that bee pollen extract that inspired Harkin to start the Office of Alternative Medicine to begin with ?
In 1999, because of confusion and controversy over terminology, Congress changed the title from Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) to National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) convinced Congress that the NIH should establish an Office of Alternative Medicine and awarded it a $2 million budget (Harkin believed that bee pollen, a popular alternative treatment, cured his allergies and wanted further scientific study).
The National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine defines its office as such:
* National centers of excellence should continue to be developed to foster collaboration among complementary practitioners, nurses, and physicians, and to promote synergy among education, research, and clinical practice (Office of Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse, 1996).
[3.] National Institutes of Health, Office of Alternative Medicine. Clinical practice guidelines in complementary and alternative medicine: an analysis of opportunities and obstacles.
The National Institute of Health Office of Alternative Medicine has funded research into the effectiveness of herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Congress has upgraded the Office of Alternative Medicine to a full-fledged National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine within NIH, with a $50 million budget in fiscal 1999.
When Congress created the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in 1993, the authorizing legislation employed the phrase "alternative medicine," he explained.
The National Institutes of Health have established an Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM).
The comparative efficacy of alternative cancer therapy awaits more definitive analysis by the Office of Technology Assessment, the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, and academic research centers (Berman & Swyers, 1997).
Establishment of an Office of Alternative Medicine in the National Institutes of Health in 1992 has heartened advocates of CAM, increased interest and government funding for research into unorthodox therapies, and lent credibility to CAM modalities.

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