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U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families are disproportionately affected by chronic pain, PTSD, depression, brain injury, and other medical conditions. Learn about our Center’s proposed partnership with other U.S. Federal Government agencies to explore mind and body approaches to treat these conditions:
In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, we wanted to take a moment to thank all those who serve and their loved ones. Many military, veterans, and their families turn to complementary and integrative health approaches, such as mindfulness meditation and other practices, in an effort to enhance the options for the management of pain and associated problems. This page provides resources and information on health conditions of special concern to military, veterans, and their families and the complementary and integrative health practices being studied for this population.
We're proud to offer continuing education credits (CME/CEU) for health professionals free of charge through online video lectures that provide in-depth perspectives on the current state of science related to complementary medicine.
Did you miss last week’s lecture on changing your brain by transforming your mind by Dr. Richard Davidson of the Center for Healthy Minds and the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? You can watch the archived video now on demand.
A recent study published in the journal Depression and Anxiety found mindfulness training may reduce PTSD symptoms in war veterans, enabling them to better control their thoughts in dealing with trauma.
NCCIH Program Director, Eve Reider, Ph.D., discusses an upcoming session at the 2016 International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health on the potential for mindfulness based approaches to prevent substance use and abuse in youth:
Like conventional health, complementary and integrative health takes into account the unique health and wellness issues concerning women. Take a look at these resources on women’s health and complementary approaches.
Check here for notices from Government agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission, about recalls, tainted products, and other alerts/advisories.
Research shows many children are using complementary health approaches; however, the safety and efficacy of complementary health approaches for children have not been studied enough. If you’re thinking about a complementary approach for your child, discuss it with your child’s health care provider.
Have you visited our multimedia page? We have a variety of videos, images, and audio on various complementary health approaches.
This month's Clinical Digest looks at the research on hepatitis C and dietary supplements:
Several dietary and herbal supplements have been studied for hepatitis C, and substantial numbers of people with hepatitis C have tried herbal supplements. For example, a survey of 1,145 participants in the HALT-C (Hepatitis C Antiviral Long-Term Treatment Against Cirrhosis) trial found that 23 percent of the participants were using herbal products. Although participants reported using many different herbal products, silymarin (milk thistle) was ...
Looking for information on complementary health approaches like yoga and tai chi? Wondering what the science says about dietary supplements like herbs and probiotics? The resources on our Web site are a good place to start.
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