The National Institutes of Health announced the launch of a new web resource on Tuesday. It is designed to give healthcare providers evidence-based information on complementary and alternative medicine.
According to the press release, “The portal on the NCCAM Web site at nccam.nih.gov is tailored to fit the needs of all health care providers, including physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and CAM providers. It includes information on the safety and efficacy of a range of common health practices that lie outside of mainstream medicine—natural products, such as dietary supplements, herbs, and probiotics, as well as mind-body practices such as meditation, chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage.”
This could be a useful resource when talking with people skeptical of acupuncture services. With any luck it will be a user-friendly way to find statistics for treatments not just in general but by disease type.