NIH Launches Educational Campaign on Complementary Health Therapies
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched an educational campaign to provide information to consumers about alternative therapies and to encourage them to talk to their doctors openly about their use of these therapies. Nearly 40 percent of Americans use some form of complementary health practice (vitamins, deep breathing exercises, meditation, massage therapy, yoga) according to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey. However, research reveals that patients do not always speak with their doctor about this utilization.
Through its Time to Talk campaign, NCCAM encourages patients and providers to talk about the use of complementary health practices by offering tools and resources—such as wallet cards and tip sheets—that are available for free at nccam.nih.gov/timetotalk. The series highlights specific health topics such as natural products used for the flu and colds, mind/body approaches used to manage symptoms of a variety of conditions, and some dietary supplements that may interact with medications (prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, or other dietary supplements).More Information