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Over the years, NCCIH has had its hand in a lot of research into complementary and integrative health approaches. A look at our timeline will give you an idea of how complementary and integrative health has evolved:
Our Health Information page includes our featured health topics, resources to help you be an informed consumer, and information about integrative medicine for health care professionals:
Learn about mapping the dynamics of your brain in this free video lecture by our newest Council member, Dr. Bin He.
In this videolecture, Dr. Bin He discusses ways to map the dynamics of the brain.
Harvard Medical School reexamines the “hygiene hypothesis” in this exploration of a study on the relationship between the microbiome and autoimmune disease in infants:
Over the past few decades, an intriguing phenomenon has been observed: Diseases related to the immune system—including Type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases and allergies—have taken hold in countries that have thriving, modern economies, while barely making a mark in the developing world ...
If you couldn’t catch last month's Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Richard Davidson on the neuroscience of meditation, you can watch the video archive on demand:
Dr. Richard J. Davidson will talk about meditation and its neural and behavioral effects. His talk will be videocast live on May 3, 2016, at 10 a.m. ET.
Just breathe… And find out what the science says about relaxation techniques for health:
This fact sheet summarizes research on relaxation techniques for health purposes, such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and self-hypnosis.
We’ve been working hard on our new strategic plan, and we thank you for all your input that helped shape it! You can now view our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan online:
A nationwide survey shows Americans spend $30.2 billion―$28.3 billion for adults and $1.9 billion for children—out-of-pocket on complementary health approaches. These approaches include a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products such as herbal supplements, meditation, chiropractic, and yoga. This amount represents 9.2 percent of all out-of-pocket spending by Americans on health care and 1.1 percent of total health care spending.
Find out how many Americans are using select mind and body practices like yoga, chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation, meditation, and massage therapy:
Thinking of trying a complementary health approach to help you quit smoking? Here are 5 things you should know:
Are you in the Washington, D.C., area? Join us tomorrow at 10 a.m. for the open session of our next Advisory Council meeting. Check out the agenda and find information on attending.
Overview of the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health (NACCIH), which advises, consults with, and makes recommendations to the Director of NCCIH on matters relating to the research activities and functions of the Center.
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