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Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic

This page provides answers to the most commonly asked questions the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) receives about chiropractic, including what conditions chiropractors treat, how to select a doctor of chiropractic, and more.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

American Chiropractic Association

What Is Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)?

Many Americans use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in pursuit of health and well-being. This fact sheet presents an overview of CAM, types of CAM, and information on safety and regulation.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

About Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Learn how it may help you or someone you know.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

Acupuncture for Pain

This fact sheet provides basic information about pain and acupuncture, summarizes scientific research on acupuncture for specific kinds of pain, and suggests sources for additional information.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

Alternative Medicine and Your Child

Some alternative therapies may be helpful for a child when used to complement traditional care. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for safe treatment options.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

The Nemours Foundation

Alternative Therapies for Management of Endometriosis

Throughout the years, many women have sought relief of their endometriosis symptoms by following complementary therapies. Read a brief review of some of the most popular methods.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

Endometriosis Research Center

Are You Considering Complementary and Alternative Medicine?

Find answers to questions and issues to consider when including Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in your health care.

Review Date: February 28, 2011

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

Beware of Fraudulent Dietary Supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found nearly 300 fraudulent products—promoted mainly for weight loss, sexual enhancement, and bodybuilding—that contain hidden or deceptively labeled ingredients. These fraudulent products can cause serious injury or even death.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Clinical Trials and Complementary and Alternative Medicine- (PDF)

Clinical trials help scientists find better ways to prevent, detect, and treat diseases and medical conditions. Learn about clinical trials involving complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), what is involved, and possible benefits and risks for participants.

Review Date: April 24, 2014

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies for Diabetes

Learn about the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies to treat diabetes. For more information, talk to your heatlh care provider.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Use and Children

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies have not been well studied in children. Tell your child's health care providers about any CAM therapy you are considering or using for your child.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Cancer Treatment

Learn about healing philosophies, approaches, and complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies used with or instead of traditional cancer treatments.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

NIH National Cancer Institute

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Updates

CAM therapies include diverse products and practices such as dietary supplements and botanicals, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, mind-body medicine, and therapeutic massage. Read the latest research updates on CAM therapies, and discover whether they are safe and effective.

Review Date: July 25, 2012

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - NCCAM

Complementary Treatment Providers

Locate complementary treatment providers who are members of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.

Review Date: March 06, 2011

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Dance Therapy

Dance therapy is the therapeutic use of movement to improve the mental and physical well being of a person. Learn how it is used to promote health and healing.

Review Date: October 28, 2012

American Cancer Society

Find a Massage Therapist

Search by name or location get a list of massage therapists and schools in your area.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

American Massage Therapy Association

Find a Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

Search for naturopathic physicians by name, specialty, or location who provide holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment.

Review Date: March 07, 2011

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Find a Practitioner: Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Find commonly asked questions by consumers regarding acupuncture and Oriental medicine and how to find a skilled and competent practitioner.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Find an Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Practitioner

Search for an AAAOM (American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) member practitioner near you.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Health Information: Office of Dietary Supplements

Get reliable and science-based facts on dietary supplements from the Office of Dietary Supplements.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements - ODS

Herbs at a Glance

Herbs at a Glance is a series of fact sheets that provides basic information about specific herbs or botanicals--common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information.

Review Date: March 07, 2011

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - NCCAM

Herbs, Recreational Drugs, and HIV Meds- (PDF)

Using HIV medicines with herbal products, supplements and recreational drugs can sometimes cause serious interactions. When taking HIV medicines, it’s wise to understand this issue to help you better manage your health.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

Project Inform

Homeopathy: An Introduction

Homeopathy, also known as homeopathic medicine, is used for wellness and prevention and to treat many diseases and conditions. There are challenges in studying homeopathy and controversies regarding the field. Learn more about it.

Review Date: May 06, 2011

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

Magnets for Pain

This fact sheet provides an overview of magnets and summarizes current scientific knowledge about their effects on pain.

Review Date: March 07, 2011

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

Menopausal Symptoms and CAM: What the Science Says

Find research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies used to treat menopausal symptoms. Black cohosh, dong quai root, ginseng, kava, red clover, soy, and DHEA therapies are reviewed.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - NCCAM

Naturopathy

If you are interested in a holistic system of medicine, read this overview about naturopathy.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information

Naturopathy: An Introduction

This fact sheet provides a general overview of naturopathy and suggests sources for additional information.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

Oral Probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms or "friendly bacteria" found in foods and dietary supplements that may help prevent diarrhea and other side effects from antibiotic use.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

Paying for CAM Treatment

If you are using or thinking about using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments, you may have questions about paying for treatment.

Review Date: March 08, 2011

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

Questions and Answers About Cancell/Entelev

Answers to the questions about Cancell/Entelev, a liquid mixture promoted as a treatment for cancer and other diseases.

Review Date: March 08, 2011

NIH National Cancer Institute

Questions and Answers About Laetrile/Amygdalin

Answers to frequently asked questions about laetrile and amydalin, chemical compounds used as a treatment for cancer worldwide. Laetrile has not been approved by the FDA.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

NIH National Cancer Institute

Questions and Answers About the Gonzalez Regimen

Find answers to questions about the Gonzalez Regimen, a complex treatment plan based on the role of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and other dietary factors that is promoted as a treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer.

Review Date: March 08, 2011

NIH National Cancer Institute

Red Yeast Rice

Red yeast rice, a traditional Chinese culinary and medicinal product, is marketed in the U.S. as a dietary supplement to help lower blood cholesterol levels. However, some red yeast rice products may not be safe, and may contain a potentially harmful contaminant.

Review Date: January 30, 2013

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

Selecting a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Practitioner

This information will help guide you when selecting a practitioner whose services are part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and naturopathy.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

Selecting a Qualified Hypnotherapist

This online document provides tips on how to choose a licensed (not certified) hypnotherapist. The document also defines hypnosis, explores myths about hypnosis, and discusses the benefits and uses of hypnosis in medicine and psychotherapy.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

St. John's Wort and the Treatment of Depression

This fact sheet answers some frequently asked questions about St. John's Wort and depression, and summarizes the evidence about its effectiveness.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

Tai Chi: An Introduction

Tai chi, which originated in China as a martial art, is a mind-body practice. Tai chi is sometimes referred to as "moving meditation"—practitioners move their bodies slowly, gently, and with awareness, while breathing deeply. Many people practice tai chi to improve their health and well-being.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - NCCAM

Tea and Cancer Prevention: Strengths and Limits of the Evidence

This fact sheet describes the ingredients contained in tea, and how tea might help to prevent cancer. Learn about research on the association between tea consumption and cancer risk.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

NIH National Cancer Institute

Tell Your Health Care Provider About Your Use of Complementary Health Practices

If you are using or considering some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), it is a good idea to talk with your health care providers about your CAM use. Find tips to help you get the conversation started.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

Ten Tips to Get the Most From Your Massage

These tips will help prepare you for your massage experience.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

American Massage Therapy Association

Terms Related to Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Use this glossary for a brief introduction to common complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) terms and definitions. These terms include: the Alexander Technique, ayurevedic medicine, hypnosis, pilates, qi gong, reiki, tai chi, yoga, and more.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - NCCAM

Thinking about Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Guide for People with Cancer

You have many choices to make before, during, and after your cancer treatment. Learn whether complementary and alternative medical treatment is right for you.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

NIH Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Cancer Institute

Thunder God Vine - Herbs at a Glance

Thunder God Vine is an herb that has been used to treat conditions involving inflammation or overactivity of the immune system, such as lupus. Learn about side effects and cautions related to the use of this herb.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practioners use herbs, acupuncture, and other methods to treat a wide range of conditions. .

Review Date: January 15, 2013

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - NCCAM