Investigating Alternative Treatments

There are are a variety of online sources of information. Wellness Librarian will be directing readers to them over the next few posts.

The first is the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), which is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). So there you have the initialisms!

NCCAM is located at http://www.nccam.nih.gov. First of all, terminology. What is complementary medicince? Alternative medicine? Integrative medicine? These are all terms we see on the internet, in magazines, in newspaper articles, and in TV commercials. But what do they mean? This site has a good “definitions” page. Then there is an alphabetical listing of topics from A to Z, acupuncture to zinc.

The site also includes a news section, research results highlights, herbs factsheets, and suggestions for finding a complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) practitioner.

 

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