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NCCIH’s Research Strategy


NCCIH’s research strategy is based on the Center’s mission and vision and is outlined in its current strategic plan. NCCIH’s areas of interest include both mind and body practices and natural products used in complementary health.

This graphic depicts two priority areas covering what NCCIH studies[1]: mind and body practices (acupuncture, massage, meditatino, spinal manipulation, deep-breathing exercises, hypnotherapy, qi gong, tai chi, etc.) and natural products (herbs, botanicals, dietary supplements, probiotics, etc.).  Six important questions about complementary health approaches include: pain; interactions and safety; biological effects; mechanisms; healthy behaviors; and symptoms.

The links below provide a bird’s-eye view of the research goals summarized in the plan, the types of research NCCIH funds, and the Center’s top scientific priorities.

This page last modified February 21, 2018