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NIH Complementary and Integrative Health Agency Gets New Name

The National Institutes of Health agency with primary responsibility for research on promising health approaches already in use by the American public, formerly the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has a new name – the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). Support for the change was indicated during the public comment period in May and June 2014. However, while the center’s name has changed, its research priorities remain the same, and include the study of complementary approaches to manage pain and other symptoms that are not always well-addressed by conventional treatments. In addition, NCCIH also encourages self-care methods that support healthier lifestyles and uncovers potential usefulness and safety issues of natural products.