Research, Stats and Studies
in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Why does alternative medicine work?

Which therapies test effective?

Which ones don't?

Research (on over 600 modalities, or types, of alternative medicine therapies) by the National Institutes of Health seeks to answer these questions.

Researchers are running controlled tests of alternative therapies on an ongoing basis. University of Maryland Medical Center implements 3 complementary therapies for their trauma victims. Read more here.

1993: National Institutes of Health establishes the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) expressly to examine the merits of such techniques.

by 2002: OAM morphed into the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).

Studies are being done as you read this, and studies have already been completed by the NCCAM. To read those studies and their research protocols, access the table of contents lower down this page. And remember, be a savvy reader--to learn how, follow the Savvy Reader link.


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How Popular is
Complementary and Alternative Medicine?

The Top Six:

Prayer 45.2%
Herbalism 18.9%
Breathing and Meditation 11.6%
Chiropractic 7.5%
Yoga 5.1%
Bodywork 5%
36% of Americans used alternative therapies in the past twelve months
50% of Americans will over their lifetime.
If you add prayer and spirituality, the figure increases to 62%

To see the page on prayer as complementary medicine, click here.

25% Those who used complementary and alternative medicine because they were referred by a medical professional!

What's Dr. Weil got to do with this?


Andrew Weil, M.D. has had a passion for complementary and alternative therapies for decades.

He now heads up the program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine. He influences the scientific community, opening pathways from traditional medicine to include these additional methods.

To jump to Dr. Weil's page here, click on photo link.

For instance, nursing schools teach complementary and alternative medicine on over 85% of their 585 campuses. 60% of medical schools offer CAM as part of their curriculum, too. Then, look at the 19 medical schools that offer a Doctor of Osteopathy degree; of these, fully 95% offer training in CAM.

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