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Osteoarthritis: In Depth. Fact sheet on complementary health approaches studied for osteoarthritis, including acupuncture, massage therapy, tai chi, herbs, glucosamine, chondroitin, and S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe).

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Whole Person Health: What You Need To Know NCCIH

Whole person health involves looking at the whole person—not just separate organs or body systems—and considering multiple factors that promote either health or disease. It means helping and empowering individuals, families, communities, and populations to improve their health in multiple interconnected biological, behavioral, social, and

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Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What’s …

Integrative health brings conventional and complementary approaches together in a coordinated way. Integrative health also emphasizes multimodal interventions, which are two or more interventions such as conventional …

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Health Restoration, Resilience, Disease Prevention, and …

Introduction and Explanation of Need. There continues to be a growing interest in the use of complementary and integrative health approaches for preventing the onset of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders, promoting psychological and physical health and well-being, and enhancing cognitive, emotional, and behavioral resilience in people who have …

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Clinical Practice Guidelines NCCIH

“Clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances.”(Institute of Medicine, 1990) Issued by third-party organizations, and not NCCIH, these guidelines define the role of specific diagnostic and treatment modalities in the diagnosis …

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Vitamins and Minerals NCCIH

Most individuals can get all of the necessary vitamins and minerals through a healthy eating pattern of nutrient-dense foods. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020 provides recommendations for specific populations, …

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6 Things You Need To Know About Music and Health

A growing body of research suggests that listening to or performing music affects the brain in ways that may help promote health and manage disease symptoms. Music activates a variety of structures in the brain that are involved in thinking, sensation, movement, and emotion. These brain effects may have physical and psychological benefits.

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Wellness and Well-Being NCCIH

Some people use complementary health approaches in an effort to promote general well-being or wellness, rather than to help manage symptoms of a health problem. For example, 2012 national survey data show that people …

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Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Some complementary health approaches are showing promise as elements of a program of lifestyle change to help lower blood pressure. Research results suggest that some complementary health approaches, such as meditation, tai …

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COVID-19 and “Alternative” Treatments NCCIH

Medications to treat COVID-19 must be prescribed by a health care provider and started as soon as possible after diagnosis to be effective. For people at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, contact a health care provider right away to determine if you are eligible for treatment, even if your symptoms are mild.

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The Importance of Research on Health and Well-Being

In fact, one of the research strategies within NCCIH’s current strategic plan is to advance understanding of the mechanisms through which mind and body approaches affect health, resilience, and well-being. This …

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Qigong: What You Need To Know NCCIH

Qigong, pronounced “chi gong,” was developed in China thousands of years ago as part of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves using exercises to optimize energy within the body, mind, and spirit, with the goal of improving and maintaining health and well-being. Qigong has both psychological and physical components and involves the

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2022 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health

The International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (ICIMH) is convened by the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. More than 1,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, and trainees from around the world are expected to attend. The International Congress will highlight scientific advances pertaining to the field of integrative …

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Alzheimer’s Disease at a Glance NCCIH

Following are some of the complementary health approaches that have been studied in recent years. Fish Oil/Omega-3s. Among the nutritional and dietary factors studied to prevent cognitive decline in older adults, the most consistent positive research findings are for omega-3 fatty acids, often measured as how much fish people ate.

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Music and Health NCCIH

Music and Health. According to a growing body of research, listening to or making music affects the brain in ways that may help promote health and manage disease symptoms. Performing or listening to music activates a variety of structures in the brain that are involved in thinking, sensation, movement, and emotion.

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Mental Health NCCIH

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) The National Institute of Mental Health’s mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. Toll-free in the U.S.: 1-866-615-6464.

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Reasons Physicians Recommend or Don’t Recommend Common …

For all four approaches, a lack of perceived benefit was the most frequently reported reason by both male and female physicians for not making a recommendation. Physicians appeared to be more influenced by perceived benefit than by health care access barriers such as limited health insurance coverage or lack of affordability.

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Request for Information (RFI): Identification of a Set of

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit public comment on defining a set of key determinants of health that addresses all the elements of the whole person health model, i.e., factors that can influence health either positively or negatively, and that encompass the full continuum of biological, behavioral, social, and environmental domains.

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Music and Health: What the Science Says NCCIH

A 2016 meta-analysis of 97 randomized controlled trials involving a total of 9,184 participants examined music-based interventions for acute or chronic pain associated with a variety of health problems and medical procedures. The overall evidence suggested that music-based interventions may have beneficial effects on both pain intensity and emotional distress from …

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The Importance of Epidemiology to NCCIH NCCIH

Among the most prominent activities of the NCCIH epidemiology group is the creation and analysis of a supplement to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the main source of information on Americans’ health, every 5 years. In partnership with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of the Centers for Disease Control and

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Asthma and Complementary Health Approaches NCCIH

Evidence does not support using complementary health approaches instead of proven medical management for asthma; however, when used in addition to proven medical management, complementary health approaches that help people with asthma manage stress, anxiety, or depression might help them feel better and improve their asthma control. This issue …

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Yoga for Health (eBook) NCCIH

Many people practice yoga for health-related reasons, such as for fitness and well-being, to help control stress, or to help manage or prevent a health problem. This 39-page eBook provides an overview of what the science says about yoga for health, including its use by children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with health conditions.

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Asthma and Complementary Health Approaches: What the …

A 2016 Cochrane review of 15 studies (1,048 total participants, mostly adults) of yoga for asthma found that yoga probably leads to small improvements in quality of life and asthma symptoms. In most of these studies, yoga was added to usual care for asthma. A 2020 review of 9 studies (1,230 participants) of yoga for children or adolescents with asthma provided preliminary …

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Magnets for Pain NCCIH

Magnets marketed for pain are usually encased in a wrap or sold in a product that is placed against the skin near where pain is felt. Different types of magnets have been studied for pain. Static or permanent magnets: Static magnets have magnetic fields that do not change. The activity of electrons in the metal causes it to be magnetic.

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Pain Management Through the Lens of Whole Person Health (NIH …

Please join us online for the 2022 Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium on Advances in Pain Care. The symposium: “Pain Management Through the Lens of Whole Person Health,” will be held on June 1 – 2, 2022 in an all-virtual format. Panel sessions will focus on different aspects of the overall theme: 1) Complexity of pain and the interplay of comorbidities, …

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About NCCIH staff Helene M. Langevin M.D. NCCIH

Helene M. Langevin, M.D., was sworn in as director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) on November 26, 2018. As NCCIH director, Dr. Langevin oversees the Federal government’s lead agency for research on the fundamental science, usefulness, and safety of complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in …

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Energy Drinks NCCIH

Energy drinks are widely promoted as products that increase energy and enhance mental alertness and physical performance. Next to multivitamins, energy drinks are the most popular dietary supplement consumed by American teens and young adults. Men between the ages of 18 and 34 years consume the most energy drinks, and almost one-third of teens

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Yoga for Health: What the Science Says

A 2018 report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality evaluated 8 trials of yoga for low-back pain (involving 1,466 total participants) and found that yoga improved pain and function both in the short term (1 to 6 months) and intermediate term (6 to 12 months). The effects of yoga were similar to those of exercise.

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Workshop Points Toward New Directions in Research on …

The National Institutes of Health staff who supported this event and who have made it possible for us to transition so successfully to virtual conferencing during the past 2 years. This workshop achieved its goal of providing a foundation for future research efforts to develop precision probiotic therapies. It has given us much to think about

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Researchers Identify Best Data Source for Monitoring Chronic Pain …

According to a new review published in the Journal of Pain, the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is the best single surveillance source for monitoring chronic pain data in the United States.The NHIS is an annual interview survey that collects household health data representing the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population.

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Bodybuilding and Performance Enhancement Supplements

The NCCIH Clearinghouse provides information on NCCIH and complementary and integrative health approaches, including publications and searches of Federal databases of scientific and medical literature. The Clearinghouse does not provide medical advice, treatment recommendations, or referrals to practitioners. Toll-free in the U.S.: 1-888-644-6226.

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BRAIN Initiative Research Presented at International Congress on

I was pleased to organize a panel presentation on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies ® (BRAIN) Initiative at the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (ICIMH) in May. To kick off the session, I gave an overview of the BRAIN Initiative, a partnership between five Federal …

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