About us

Who we are and what we do

NAFKAM is short for Norway's National Research Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 

NAFKAM is an official research and information institution assigned and financed by Norwegian health authorities, located at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. 

NAFKAM's assignment is to:

• Through its own research, contribution to and coordination of others' research actiivty in the field, develop knowledge about if - and possibly how - complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) can help with illness and health problems.

• Develop and offer research-based, unbiased and quality-assured public information on the potential efficacy and risk of common CAM treatment

NAFKAM's mission is to contribute to higher patient safety through facilitating informed and knowledge-based health choices.

About NAFKAM.no

The website Nafkam.no is the Norwegian health authorities' official website for facts about CAM. Together with the international website CAM-Cancer, these websites form the pinpoint of Norway's national information centre, which is run by NAFKAMs information department.

The Nafkam.no website contains a Norwegian encyclopedia of fact sheets on the safety, efficacy, history and theories behind popular CAM therapies, health products, diet and lifestyle programs, and other forms of self-help for health purposes. NAFKAMs fact sheets are based on international, independent research sources and rigorous routines for ensuring maximum quality assurance. Read our Quality Assurance summary for more information on this subject.

Educational purposes

The purpose of NAFKAM's information is tied to the assignment of contributing to patient safety, by enabling the individual to make safer choices for their own health. NAFKAM shall offer research-based, objective and quality-assured information about CAM, so that patients who use or consider using CAM can make knowledge-based health choices.

On Nafkam.no you will also find separate sections on e.g the Norwegian legislation of the CAM field; patient guidance, collections of material for specific groups (pregnancy, breastfeeding, toddlers, seriously ill patients, etc.); news from the CAM field; presentations of research done at NAFKAM, and more.


  • Read our disclaimer here

Do you still have questions about NAFKAM or about CAM in Norway? 

You are welcome to contact NAFKAM by email: nafkam@helsefak.uit.no, or by phone +47 77 64 66 50.

Please note that we do not offer personal medical advice, nor treatment or products. We cannot assist in recommending a CAM therapy or finding a CAM provider. 

Postal adress

NAFKAM, Faculty of Health Sciences
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
N-9037 Tromsø, Norway


MH-building, Floor 10
Department of Community Medicine
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Hansine Hansens veg 18
9019 Tromsø


Norway's National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

We work to give you facts about complementary and alternative medicine, so that you can make safer choices for your health.

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