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

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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)
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 of na (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)
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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)
Icons of wellness: meditation, pills, spinal manipulation
People who take natural products or practice yoga are more likely to do so for wellness reasons, while people use spinal manipulation to treat a specific health condition. (November 2015)
Woman sneezing
Results of recent NCCIH-supported research suggest that people who self-rated their health below “excellent” were more likely to develop a cold than those who self-rated their health as “excellent.” (November 2015)
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Who has fibromyalgia? How does this health problem affect their lives? A new analysis of data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey sheds light on these questions. (September 2015)