THE NATURAL MEDICINE RESEARCH UNIT AT HADASSAH MEDICAL CENTER

08Sep09

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The NMRU was founded in 1994 at the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) as an entirely self-funded unit. NMRU has, for the last eight years, created a unique focus for the scientific study of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Israel. Acting as a bridge between conventional and “natural medicine”, NMRU provides, through a wide range of clinical and laboratory research, important evidence of the effectiveness, safety and mechanism of manynatural therapies, a much needed catalyst for the integration of safe and effective CAM therapies into patients’health care.

“New medicines” from natural sources is today a global initiative, with vast resources now dedicated to screening many natural products for activity against a range of diseases. NMRU’s Middle Eastern Medicinal Plant Project (MEMP) is an exciting contribution to this field, focusing on the great diversity of species found in Israel, and their long history of medicinal use.

NMRU has also been active during 2000-2002 in the field of other natural therapies, particularly techniques developed for stress reduction and relaxation. Currently stress is a major problem worldwide, particularly so in Israel, where the recent cycle of violence has had a major impact on all levels of society.  Education is also an integral part of NMRU’s activities with both research on medical student attitudes to integrating Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) into the curriculum as well as provision of workshops on different aspects of CAM.

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