The U.S.’s premier research entity focused on complementary medicine is marking its first decade in existence.
In a message posted to its website, the director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., notes, “Our foremost achievement has been building the evidence base about CAM therapies … We have funded more than 2,200 research projects, resulting in more than 3,300 scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals. More is now known about the efficacy and safety of CAM modalities, the biological mechanisms that underlie them, the methods and tools used to study them, and patterns of CAM use.”
From probiotics to acupuncture, yoga to Chinese herbs, since its founding in 1999, NCCAM has put traditional therapies to the test. NCCAM-funded studies on massage include “Massage therapy versus simple touch to improve pain and mood in patients with advanced cancer: a randomized trial” and ” Randomized trial of therapeutic massage for chronic neck pain,” both of which showed benefits of massage.
Read Briggs’ full message here.