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NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

The NCCAM Clearinghouse provides information on complementary and alternative medicine, including publications and searches of Federal databases of scientific and medical literature. The clearinghouse does not provide medical advice, treatment recommendations, or referrals to practitioners. The Clearinghouse is staffed by trained Information Specialists Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - NCCAM

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the 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 complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals.

Review Date: August 09, 2011

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

The Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) is an office of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis. OCCAM is responsible for NCI’s research agenda in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as it relates to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and symptom management.

Review Date: August 25, 2011

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American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

Founded in 1987, the purpose of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) is to promote the integration of concepts from traditional and modern forms of acupuncture with Western medical training and thereby synthesize a more comprehensive approach to health care. Membership in the AAMA is open to physicians with a diversity of training backgrounds.

Review Date: February 20, 2009

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American Academy of Pain Management

The American Academy of Pain Management is the largest Pain Organization in the United States. Academy Membership is 6,000 strong and growing. The Academy provides credentialing, accreditation of facilities, networking opportunities, continuing education, quality publications and an annual clinical meeting. It is the goal of the American Academy of Pain Management to bring together the many professionals who work with individuals in pain and to assist in the creation of quality services for those individuals. The intent of the American Academy of Pain Management is to be inclusionary and not restrictive to any specialty.

Review Date: June 01, 2010

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American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) was formed in 1981 to be the unifying force for American acupuncturists committed to high ethical and educational standards, and a well-regulated profession to ensure the safety of the public. There was a split in our profession in 1993, when two organizations formed: The American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM) and the AOM Alliance. On February 1, 2007, the two organizations again reunited to form a new organization, The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). By taking the name of the organization that split in 1993, the new organization has signaled that events of the past that led to the division have been resolved, and that a new era in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine leadership has arrived.

Review Date: September 22, 2011

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American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) works to advance osteopathic medical education through service to colleges and students. AACOM provides prospective students with a central application service, disseminates information on osteopathic medicine and medical schools, promotes improved opportunities for minority groups, studies osteopathic medical education, monitors legislative developments, and refers students to sources of financial aid.

Review Date: March 28, 2011

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American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

The mission of this association is to transform the medical paradigm from disease management and managed costs to true health care. American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Web site offers resources and information regarding disease prevention and health restoration, as well as curricula for naturopathic medical schools, and links to other organizations that share its purpose.

Review Date: February 18, 2009

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American Botanical Council

The American Botanical Council (ABC) was incorporated in November 1988 and is the leading non profit education and research organization disseminating science-based information to promote the safe and effective use of medicinal plants and phytomedicines.

Review Date: January 05, 2009

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American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) was originally established as the American Society for the Control of Cancer in 1913, and became the ACS in 1945. ACS is the voluntary organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. It conducts and supports programs of research, education, and service to the cancer patient. The Society's immediate goal of saving more lives is served through educating the public about prevention and early detection of cancer, the importance of prompt treatment, and the possibilities of cure, through educating the medical profession to the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and through direct service to the cancer patient and the patient's family. Public education activities include a toll-free cancer information services publication of a variety of pamphlets, educational programs conducted in schools and communities, and presentation of materials in the mass media. The Society has a comprehensive professional education program designed to motivate physicians, dentists, and nurses to use the best cancer management techniques. The Society conducts service and rehabilitation programs for cancer patients and their families. ACS supports cancer research through several types of research grants and disseminates the research results. ACS has 17 divisions as well as over 3400 local units.

Review Date: June 25, 2009

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American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association is the only organization that represents all holistic veterinarians. Members have access to information on Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine, including Natural Standard databases, Journals and practice aids (brochures, client information sheets, etc.). Their sister organization, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation supports CAVM research exclusively.

Review Date: February 19, 2013

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American Massage Therapy Association

The mission of this association is to serve AMTA members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy. The Association serves its membership, the public and the profession, by pursuing the following goals: establishing massage therapy as integral to the maintenance of good health; increasing public awareness of the massage therapy profession; promoting high standards in providing massage therapy to the public; increasing access to quality massage therapy for all persons; being an influential member of the health care community; being a leader and a resource for issues in the field of massage therapy including: definitions, practice and education standards, legislation and regulation; enhancing the professional development and personal growth of members; continuing AMTA’s growth, development, organizational effectiveness and visibility.

Review Date: December 12, 2008

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American Meditation Institute

A non-profit educational organization devoted to the teaching and practice of meditation and its allied disciplines. Through its classes, workshops and retreats, AMI advocates a holistic approach to wellness that combines the best of ancient Eastern wisdom and modern Western science.

Review Date: March 04, 2011

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Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

AAPB is a Section 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. AAPB's mission is to advance the development, dissemination and utilization of knowledge about applied psychophysiology and biofeedback to improve health and the quality of life through research, education and practice. The AAPB has more than 2,000 members representing the fields of psychology, medicine, nursing, social work, counseling, physical therapy, education and other health care areas.

Review Date: December 20, 2011

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Association of Chiropractic Colleges

The Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) is comprised of accredited chiropractic educational programs in North America and affiliate member institutions worldwide. Its mission is to represent accredited chiropractic colleges in North America and to advance chiropractic education, research and service.

Review Date: December 07, 2011

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Beth Israel Medical Center - Continuum Center for Health & Healing

Beth Israel Medical Center, one of New York City’s premier hospitals, serves as the Manhattan Campus for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. With three major divisions located throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, Beth Israel serves the diverse populations of New York.

Review Date: October 20, 2009

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Biofeedback Certification International Alliance

The Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA) was created to establish and maintain standards for practitioners who use biofeedback and to certify those who meet these standards. The primary mission of this nonprofit corporation is to protect the public welfare by assuring that practitioners have met basic competency standards and practice according to the Ethical Principles of BCIA. Names of certified practitioners will be provided to the public and other interested professionals.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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National Board of Chiropractic Examiners

The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE), a not-for-profit organization, is the principal testing agency for the chiropractic profession. Established in 1963, the NBCE develops and administers standardized national examinations according to established guidelines. The organization maintains a web site with links to an overview of its services, free publications for the chiropractic professional, job analysis reports, and general information regarding the NBCE examinations.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

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National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

The mission of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork is to foster high standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of services through a recognized credible credentialing program that assures the competency of practitioners of therapeutic massage and bodywork.

Review Date: December 03, 2008

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National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is a non-profit organization established in 1982. NCCAOM's primary mission is to protect the public by examining and certifying competence in the practice of acupuncture, Chinese herbology and Asian bodywork therapy. More than 13,000 practitioners have become Diplomates of the NCCAOM, and NCCAOM Certification is required for licensure in the majority of states. The Commission's Web site contains a searchable directory of certified practitioners and detailed information on its certification programs, including eligibility requirements and exam schedules.

Review Date: March 07, 2011

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NIH National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is one of 11 agencies that compose the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NCI is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. It coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

Review Date: August 03, 2011

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RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, established in 1974, is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. RESOLVE is a member of the National Coalition for Oversight of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (NCOART), the National Health Council and is a founding member of the International Federation of Infertility Patient Associations (IFIPA). RESOLVE will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other classification protected by applicable state or federal law.

Review Date: January 20, 2011

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