NCCAM's office.NCCAM's office.
Time 1998
Title NCCAM established; research continues
Event The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) was established by Congress in 1998. NCCAM is one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. NCCAM is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals.

The modalities focused on by NCCAM include body/mind treatments such as meditation, guided imagery, and yoga.

NCCAM focuses on exploring the efficacy of complementary and alternative practices in the context of rigorous science, through funding research, disseminating information to the public and health professionals, and training practioners on the use of complementary and alternative therapies and integrative methods.

NCCAM studies and disseminates information on spirituality’s effect on health and healing, including the molecular and brain mechanisms of the placebo effect – the effect of ‘belief’ on healing. In November 2000, NCCAM sponsors the first NIH/HHS-wide Conference on The Science of the Placebo: Toward an Interdisciplinary Research Agenda to bring experts together to explore these issues in a multi-disciplinary way.

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