"The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is 1 of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH is
a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.
NCCAM is specifically dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals."
"Healing Touch International, Inc. is a professional association whose mission is to
1. Support the needs of all of its members including nurses, other health care professionals, and lay persons who are dedicated to providing heart-centered care.
2. Offer Certification of Healing Touch Practitioners & Instructors, set International Standards of Practice, and establish an International Code of Ethics for Healing Touch Practitioners, in order to ensure the public a means to judge the training and professionalism of its practitioners and instructors.
3. Provide a mechanism for the scholarly development and clinical research of Healing Touch care."
"Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) is a professional membership organization serving the massage, bodywork, somatic and esthetic professions."