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NCCAM Future Grants May Focus More On Mind-Body, Less On Herbals

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

The National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine is considering shifting a greater percentage of its funding portfolio toward mind-body medicine and away from herbal medicines

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