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Research spotlights of selected studies are shown below. For a full list of published NCCIH Research to-date, see PubMed.

Spotlights for 2016

ear acupuncture
Painful conditions, such as back and joint pain, are more common in veterans than nonveterans, according to a new analysis of national survey data. (November 2016)
A man holds his neck in pain.
American adults with some form of musculoskeletal pain are more likely to use complementary health approaches than people without one of these pain disorders, according to recent data from the National Health Interview... (October 2016)
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NCCIH-supported study gives insights into mechanisms involved in touch, and sheds light on the role of proprioception—the ability to sense the body’s position, equilibrium, and movement through space―on health and ... (September 2016)
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A recent study by NCCIH scientists show several complementary health approaches are promising pain management practices. (September 2016)
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About 59 million Americans spend money out-of-pocket on complementary health approaches, and their total spending adds up to $30.2 billion a year. (June 2016)
Echinacea
Differences in the bacteria inside echinacea plants may determine whether and how much the herb enhances the immune system and fights infectious diseases like the common cold. (June 2016)
Adults and children learn Tai Chi
Study suggests tai chi is as helpful as physical therapy in reducing pain and improving physical functioning in adults with knee osteoarthritis. (May 2016)
A man holds his back in pain
More evidence that mind and body practices help people with chronic low-back pain. (March 2016)
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NCCIH-supported research suggests acupuncture may significantly reduce hot flashes and other vasomotor symptoms and improve some quality-of-life measures associated with menopause. (March 2016)
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Previous research has shown that mindfulness meditation helps relieve pain, but researchers have been unclear about how the practice induces pain relief—specifically, if meditation is associated with the release (March 2016)
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A newly developed two-question coding scheme may eventually prove to be a useful tool to help physicians quickly assess pain severity in clinical settings. (March 2016)
A white shield with a blue cross sign sits on top of a split image, lower diagonal is a yoga pose in orange, above is an ear undergoing acupuncture in green.
Americans are increasingly willing to pay out-of-pocket for acupuncture, chiropractic, or massage care that isn’t covered by health insurance, according to a new analysis of data from a national survey. (January 2016)