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.

Cigarette smoke
New NCCIH-funded research suggests genetic factors drive African American preference for mentholated cigarettes. (February 2019)
coffee mug
Mouse study suggests the coffee components eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamide (EHT) and caffeine protect against Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies (December 2018)
knee
NCCIH-funded research suggests weekly massage therapy may reduce joint pain and improve function in people with knee osteoarthritis. (December 2018)
Two different groups of parabrachial neurons, one expressing calcitonin gene-related peptide (green) and the other expressing substance P (red). Source: Arnab Barik, Chesler Laboratory, NCCIH
A newly identified pathway involving the spinal cord and two parts of the brainstem plays a key role in behavioral responses to an uncomfortable heat stimulus, according to a study in mice from the National Center for (November 2018)
NHIS children
New NHIS data show higher use rates of meditation, yoga by U.S. children. (November 2018)
adult NHIS
New National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data show rising use of yoga, meditation, chiropractic by U.S. adults. (November 2018)
New NCCIH-supported research suggests the PIEZO2 mechanoreceptor is essential for light touch detection after injury in mice and humans, and that PIEZO2 antagonists may provide a new avenue for relieving a variety of... (October 2018)
Pain
This Research Spotlight highlights new data suggesting that in 2016 nearly 20 percent of U.S. adults had chronic pain and 8 percent had high-impact chronic pain (pain that limited at least one major life activity). (September 2018)
pregnant women being examined by doctor
In a new study, behavioral lifestyle intervention programs that focused primarily on diet and physical activity limited weight gain during pregnancy in overweight or obese women. (September 2018)