Heather McLeod


Body, Mind, Soul,


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Research Organisations: USA

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)


NCCAM is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA. “NCCAM is the USA Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.  NCCAM is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training CAM researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals.”




Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine (CIM)


Founded in 1991, CIM “is an inter-departmental center within the University of Maryland School of Medicine. A leading international center for research, patient care, education and training in integrative medicine, the CIM is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center of Excellence for research in complementary medicine. Emphasizing an approach to healing that values mind, body, and spirit, the Center is committed to: Evaluating the scientific foundation of complementary medicine; Educating health professionals and the public; and Integrating evidence-based complementary therapies into clinical care to help people achieve and maintain optimal health and well-being.”




The Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Centre.


The Center “was created to facilitate and conduct rigorous scientific investigation to evaluate the effectiveness, safety, and mechanisms of action of alternative and complementary practices. The Center's research is carried out with intrinsic interest in and respect for the traditions from which many alternative therapies originate, and is mindful of the importance of the subjective human experience to health and healthcare. The Center also serves as a forum for identification and discussion of social, economic, environmental, and political considerations influencing complementary and alternative medicine in order to inform policy decisions.”




The Samueli Institute


“The mission of Samueli Institute is to transform health care through the scientific exploration of healing.” “Samueli Institute advises health care professionals and health policy planners on important research questions regarding complementary, alternative and integrative medicine. As an independent scientific adviser, the Institute strives to provide research that is unbiased, evidence-based and grounded in science.” “The Institute’s Integrative Medicine and Clinical Research (IM) program conducts rigorous and pragmatic clinical and health services research that explores healing and wellness with a commitment to conducting research that can be readily translated into clinical practice.”






RAND Corporation: Complementary and Alternative Medicine


“RAND Health is a major research division within the RAND Corporation, a non-profit institution headquartered in Santa Monica, California. RAND Health's mission is to serve as the world's most trusted source of objective analysis and effective solutions for improving health.” RAND Health includes more than 280 experts—physicians, economists, psychologists, mathematicians, organizational analysts, political scientists, psychometricians, medical sociologists, policy analysts, and statisticians.


“RAND conducts evidence-based research on alternative approaches to illness prevention and treatment as well as studies aimed at understanding the place of complementary and alternative medicines within the health care system.”





Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC)


“The Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) is a broad coalition of healthcare professionals, patients and organizations driving public policy ….”


“The mission of the IHPC is to direct the national healthcare agenda toward a health-oriented, integrated system, ensuring all people access to the full range of safe and regulated conventional, complementary, and alternative healthcare professionals, therapies and products, and to the building blocks of health, including clean air and water as well as a healthy food supply.”




The Bravewell Collaborative


The Bravewell Collaborative is a community of philanthropists who work together to transform the health care system and improve the health of the American public through the advancement of integrative medicine. “Integrative medicine is a philosophy of care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences affecting a person’s health. Bravewell believes that by addressing the whole person and shifting the focus of health care to prevention, health maintenance, and early intervention, integrative medicine holds the power to transform the economic models that impede our present system and vastly improve the health of the public, which is essential to our nation’s future.”




Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC)


ACCAHC has a mission “to enhance patient care through fostering mutual respect and understanding among diverse healthcare professionals and disciplines.” “Our core Organizational Membership consists of councils of colleges and schools, accrediting agencies, and certification and testing organizations associated with the five distinctly licensed complementary healthcare professions which have a federally recognized accrediting agency”:

• Acupuncture and Oriental medicine

• Chiropractic

• Direct entry (homebirth) midwifery

• Massage therapy, and

• Naturopathic medicine.


“Our membership also includes organizations representing Traditional World Medicines and emerging professions that are engaging the self-regulatory challenges which help protect the health of the public. In additions, individual accredited schools are also eligible for membership.”






“Following a lengthy collaborative process involving academic leaders from 8 disciplines, the ACCAHC has endorsed what it calls the Competencies for Optimal Practice in Integrated Environments. ACCAHC is presently focused on aggregating and creating content to develop a web-portal, the Center for Optimal Integration, to assist educators, practitioners and organizations of all types to move toward such competencies.”





Establishing a new American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABoIM)


“Integrative Holistic Medicine is an emerging medical specialty that incorporates (1) caring for the whole person — body, mind, and spirit — to treat and prevent disease; and (2) empowering patients to create a condition of optimal health. Both outside and inside the medical profession, this concept of medicine of the whole person is gathering increasing support. The body-mind-spirit approach integrates many disciplines and modalities, including physiology, biochemistry, nutrition, exercise, environment, emotions, attitudes, beliefs, social relationships, manual medicine, herbs, homeopathy, energy medicine, prayer, acupuncture, meditation, spirituality, and biofeedback.”

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Indian Health Service (IHS) Medicare and Medicaid National Institutes of Health AHRQ Samueli Integrative Medicine

Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine