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
[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
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.