National Institutes Of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the U.S. federal government's principal agency for the support of medical research. The mission of the NIH is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to improved human health. With a 2001 budget of more than 20 billion, the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the NIH award about 84 percent of the money through a grants program to investigators in universities and other institutions across the United States and to some foreign researchers. A smaller...

Touch Therapy Research

Touch therapy or massage therapy is defined as manipulation of body tissues by the hands for wellness and the reduction of stress and pain. Its therapeutic effects derive from its impact on the muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems. Massage therapy sessions usually combine several techniques, including Swedish massage (stroking and kneading), shiatsu (pressure points), and neuromuscular massage (deep pressure). Oils are typically used, and aromatic essences are often added for further...

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Psychosomatic Disorders

The term psychosomatic disorder generally refers to a type of physical condition in which the etiology or course is related to significant psychological factors. A psychosomatic disorder involves a demonstrable organic pathology, such as a duodenal ulcer, or a known pathophysiological process, such as a migraine headache. These conditions usually include such disorders as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and essential hypertension, and are not limited to a single physiological system....