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People with cancer want to do everything they can to combat the disease, manage its symptoms, and cope with the side effects of treatment. Many turn to complementary health approaches—for example, herbal and other dietary supplements, #acupuncture, #massage, and #yoga. No complementary health product or practice has been proven to cure cancer. However, some complementary approaches may help people manage cancer symptoms or treatment side effects and improve their quality of life. Clinical guidelines warn that unproven methods shouldn’t be used in place of conventional treatment because delayed treatment of #cancer reduces the likelihood of a remission or cure. http://bit.ly/2jDrJZ1 
What the science says about complementary health approaches for preventing and treating cancer, plus resources for more information.
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Garcinia cambogia (Malabar tamarind) is native to India and Southeast Asia. The rind of its fruit is used to flavor fish curries and preserve food. The rind contains a chemical called hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which has been studied for its effect on appetite. Garcinia cambogia supplements with HCA are marketed for weight loss-and while they have been studied for this, there aren't a lot of recent, reliable studies on their effectiveness. http://bit.ly/2h2s2ZU 
This fact sheet provides information about the safety and effectiveness of the dietary supplement garcinia cambogia.
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NIH +MedlinePlus shares the story of Diana Gray, a 73-year-old retired student affairs administrator and grandmother who found relief from her chronic pain by practicing tai chi: http://bit.ly/2j8gOmq. There’s some evidence that practicing tai chi may help people manage pain associated with knee, #fibromyalgia, and back pain. NCCIH-supported studies are helping to build an evidence base on the effectiveness and safety of complementary health approaches for treating chronic #pain: http://bit.ly/2hYOcuJ #taichi
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+USA TODAY takes a look at research about the effects of exposure to nature on health. http://usat.ly/2gJiK53
Nature is good for you. Exercise is good for you. Exercising in nature is even better.
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We sat down with John Cryan, Ph.D., for a Q&A to learn more about the research exploring the mechanisms of how gut bacteria could influence your brain and behavior. http://bit.ly/2fgluGg 
John Cryan, Ph.D., talks to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) about research exploring mechanisms of how gut bacteria could influence your brain and behavior.
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Acupuncture, massage therapy, meditation, relaxation techniques, spinal manipulation, and yoga are examples of mind and practices. These practices involve a wide variety of techniques that are administered or taught by trained professionals. http://1.usa.gov/1PZ0qxy

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The +Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Healthy Aging Data Portal allows users to easily access data on a range of key indicators of health and well-being, screenings and vaccinations, and mental health among older adults at the national and state levels. These indicators provide a snapshot of currently available surveillance information, and can be useful for prioritization and evaluation of public health interventions. http://bit.ly/2fTbOjI 
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Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) is native to the Far East, including China and Korea, and has been used for health-related purposes for at least 2,000 years. Asian ginseng is one of several types of ginseng (another is American ginseng, Panax quinquefolius). The terms red ginseng and white ginseng refer to Asian ginseng roots prepared in two different ways. There have been many studies of Asian ginseng in people, but few have been high quality. Therefore, our understanding of Asian ginseng’s health effects is limited. http://1.usa.gov/1QeQrpe
Information about Asian ginseng, studied for lowering blood sugar and improving immune function.
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Nearly 70 percent of people who smoke want to quit, according to a national survey. A few studies have found that mind and body practices such as meditation-based therapies, yoga, and guided imagery (a relaxation technique) can help reduce cigarette use and cravings. Here are four more things to know about several complementary health approaches for quitting smoking: http://1.usa.gov/1shCfWU 
Nearly 70 percent of adult smokers want to quit smoking, according to a national survey. Conventional quit-smoking treatments, including counseling and medication, can double or triple the chances that a smoker will kick the habit successfully. For more information on quitting smoking, visit smokefree.gov, the National Cancer Institute’s quit-smoking resource.
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The term “acupuncture” describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques. The technique most often studied involves penetrating the skin with needles manipulated by the hands or electrical stimulation. Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years and is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. In the United States, millions of Americans use acupuncture each year, often for chronic pain. The effects of acupuncture on the brain and body and how best to measure them are only beginning to be understood. Current evidence suggests that many factors—like expectation and belief—that are unrelated to acupuncture needling may play important roles in the beneficial effects of #acupuncture on #pain. http://bit.ly/2gzkFIc 
What the science says about acupuncture treatment, including its use for specific ailments and resources for more information.
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Have a safe and happy New Year! 
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+Harvard Health Publications takes a look at research that has been done on gratitude and the association between gratitude and well-being: http://bit.ly/2fpp7YI
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