Media Advisory

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Data on children’s use of complementary health approaches


The release of data from a nationwide government survey on American Children’s use of natural products such as melatonin, Echinacea, probiotics, as well as on the use of mind and body approaches such as yoga, chiropractic, massage, and meditation. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) of the National Institutes of Health will hold a webinar/telephone briefing to discuss the findings of the most recent reports from the National Health Interview Survey.


Millions children in the United States use one or more type of complementary health approach—categorized into either natural products or mind and body approaches by NCCIH—for health and wellness. This report on children’s use trends between 2007 and 2012 are the most current, comprehensive, and reliable source of information on children’s use of complementary health approaches over time.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST

More information

To RSVP and receive dial-in information and online presentation access, please contact NCCIH Press at or 301-496-7790.

Who Should Attend

Media and bloggers.


Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., Director, NIH/NCCIH; Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D., M.D., Senior Advisor for Scientific Coordination and Outreach, NIH/NCCIH; Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Branch Chief, Clinical Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch, NIH/NCCIH; Barbara J. Stussman, B.A., Survey Statistician, NIH/NCCIH.

*The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) was formerly the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).

NCCIH’s mission is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in improving health and health care. For additional information, call NCCIH’s Clearinghouse toll free at 1-888-644-6226, or visit the NCCIH Web site at Follow us on Twitter, Facebook .

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