Is the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) funding research on magnets for pain and other diseases and conditions?
Yes. For example, recent projects supported by NCCAM include:
- Static magnets,
for fibromyalgia pain and quality of life
- Pulsed electromagnets,
for migraine headache pain
- Static magnets,
for their effects on networks of blood vessels involved in healing
- TMS, for Parkinson's
for their effects on injured nerve and muscle cells
In addition, the papers
by Alfano et al.,26 Swenson,21
and Wolsko et al.27 report on research funded
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