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Text version of NCCIH research is tackling the problem of chronic pain


NCCIH research is tackling the problem of chronic pain:

  • We spend about 30% of our research budget on pain
  • We bring cutting-edge tools to the study of pain
  • Our research results affect guidelines for and practice of medical care
  • We are building knowledge about the placebo effect

If you are considering a complementary health approach for chronic pain…

  • Look for science-based information
  • Talk to your health care provider
  • Find trained and experienced practitioners
  • Discuss your individual needs and abilities with the practitioner

While mind and body approaches provided by experienced practitioners are generally safe, be aware of any changes in your pain. If pain worsens, let your health care provider know.

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National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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