The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health launched a new online resource specifically designed to give health care providers easy access to evidence-based information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

The portal, on the NCCAM Web site at, was developed based on a series of NCCAM-sponsored focus groups where health care providers identified the need for an evidence-based, one-stop place to help answer their patients’ questions on CAM. The online resource is designed to meet the needs of all health care providers—physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and CAM providers.

“This new tool is a way for NCCAM to share valuable information with all providers on the safety and efficacy of a range of common health practices that lie outside of mainstream medicine,” said NCCAM director Josephine Briggs, MD.