The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and integrative health approaches. We are 1 of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The mission of NCCIH is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health interventions and their roles in improving health and health care.
Scientific evidence informs decisionmaking by the public, by health care professionals, and by health policymakers regarding the use and integration of complementary and integrative health approaches.
Our Research Goals and Objectives
NCCIH's programs and organization incorporate three long-range goals:
- Advance the science and practice of symptom management.
- Develop effective, practical, personalized strategies for promoting health and well-being.
- Enable better evidence-based decisionmaking regarding complementary and integrative health approaches and their integration into health care and health promotion.
Five major objectives serve the above goals:
- Advance research on mind and body interventions, practices, and disciplines.
- Advance research on natural products for complementary and integrative health.
- Increase understanding of “real world” patterns and outcomes of complementary and integrative health approaches and their integration into health care and health promotion.
- Improve the capacity of the field to carry out rigorous research.
- Develop and disseminate objective, evidence-based information on complementary and integrative health interventions.