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NCCIH Research Blog

NCCIH blogs about research developments related to complementary health practices. Check in regularly to keep up with the latest findings.

NCCIH Blog Team
July 30, 2015

One of the goals of the NCCIH Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series is to provide overviews of the current state of research and practice involving complementary health approaches. Recently, we were delighted to host David Spiegel, M.D., who presented on “Tranceformation: Hypnosis in Brain and Body.” At Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Spiegel is Willson professor and associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, director of the Center on Stress and Health, and medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine. His fields of clinical and research experience include psycho-oncology, stress and health, pain control, psychoneuroendocrinology, sleep, and randomized clinical trials involving psychotherapy for cancer patients.

Dr. Spiegel opened with a brief history of hypnosis, explaining that it is “a state of aroused, attentive, focal concentration with diminished peripheral awareness.” The brain has “an amazing ability” to alter not only how a person reacts to perceptions but what it is that the person perceives, which is very useful in many aspects of medical care, Dr. Spiegel said. During the lecture, he described research showing that hypnotizability is a stable trait over time; about 15 percent of the population is highly hypnotizable. Dr. Spiegel also highlighted a few examples in which hypnosis was used as an adjunct approach to address pain, anxiety, somatic complications, and smoking cessation.


July 22, 2015
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
NCCAM Director

NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs discusses the difference between correlation and causation, as illustrated by a recent study on chamomile, in this blog post.

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July 07, 2015
David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

NCCIH’s blog team interviews Dr. Pieter Dorrestein on the use of big data for natural products research.

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May 08, 2015
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
Portrait of Dr. Edwards

NCCIH priorities in pain research and cutting-edge pain management research will be presented at the upcoming 2015 American Pain Society (APS) meeting, as Dr. Emmeline Edwards explains in this blog post.

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April 14, 2015
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
In this blog post, NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs asks for input on research areas and topics to be included in the Center’s next 5-year Strategic Plan.

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March 24, 2015
Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

In this blog post, NCCIH Branch Chief Dr. Wendy Weber describes the use of the R34 funding mechanism for early stages of clinical research on mind and body interventions.

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