National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
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NCCIH funds a wide variety of research studies, primarily focusing on three areas: mind and body practices, natural products, and pain. We also conduct research at the National Institutes of Health laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland.

This page provides plain language summaries of a few of the studies that NCCIH has supported or conducted. For more information, see this full list of published NCCIH-funded research studies in PubMed.

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Research shows more than half of office-based physicians recommend at least one complementary health approach to their patients, and female physicians recommended every complementary health approach at a higher rate... (November 2019)
Study explores the previously unknown role of the central amygdala (region of the brain associated with emotional processes) in upgrading and downgrading pain signals in the brain. (October 2019)
dietary supplements
Rat study findings suggest that dietary supplementation with polyphenols (naturally occurring compounds found in plant-derived foods) may ease back pain associated with intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. (October 2019)
Chiropractor doing spinal manipulation on an older woman's back
Results of a new NCCIH-supported study suggest that older adults’ access to chiropractic care may reduce medical spending on services for spine conditions. (August 2019)
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Study results suggest mindfulness-oriented recovery enhancement (MORE) may be a useful nondrug complementary treatment for people with opioid use disorder and chronic pain in methadone maintenance therapy. (August 2019)
Pain signals may travel as speedily as touch signals in human peripheral nerves. This discovery has implications for understanding the mechanisms of human pain. (July 2019)
Robot hand
Researchers funded in part by NCCIH have developed improved methods for mind control of a robotic arm that can continuously track and follow a randomly moving target. (June 2019)
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Results from three studies published recently in the Nature family of journals examine how humans and microbes interact and how these interactions relate to human health. (May 2019)
Civil War plant medicines
Plants recommended as medicines during the Civil War inhibit dangerous antibiotic-resistant wound bacteria (May 2019)
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An analysis of data suggests that the primary care workforce is unequally distributed across the nation. (April 2019)