Alternative Medicine Added to Senior Health Site

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), the latest topic to be added to NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness Web site developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the NLM, answers questions about vitamins and herbal supplements, and such practices as chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, meditation and massage.

According to the latest government survey, 41 percent of US adults aged 60-69 use some form of CAM, which covers a wide range of therapies and practices not currently considered part of conventional medicine.

Visitors will find the basics about CAM, as well as useful tips on how to be an informed consumer, how to choose a CAM practitioner, and how to talk candidly with a health care professional about using CAM.

NIHSeniorHealth features short, easy-to-read information in large print, captioned videos, and audio segments. Additional topics coming soon to the site include dry eye, and substance abuse among older adults.