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Alternative Medicine Resources

Below are a list of (mostly) free resources that your EU librarians have compiled for your exploration. But remember these resources generally require more time to evaluate and navigate than the resources available in the research databases accessed through the EU Library homepage.

Click on the subject-headings to jump to each section of links — or you can just scroll down and browse through the links. Enjoy!

Academic Journals

Allopathy/Western Medicine

Anti-Aging

Ayurveda

Books- Materia Medica, Repertories, etc.

Clinical Trials

Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Environmental Medicine

Films

General Health

Herbs & Supplements

Holistic Medicine

Homeopathy

Manual Therapies

Miscellaneous

Naturopathy

Nutrition

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

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Academic Journals

Natural Medicine Journal – Provides scientifically valid information based on the most recent quality published research with clinical applications to healthcare professionals in the form of literature reviews, articles, treatment protocols, interactions, herb/nutrient profile, and original research.

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) – Peer-reviewed electronic journal which focuses on preventing diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

These seven links below to academic journals will take you to PubMed.gov, where you can view many articles for free. To view a free full-text article, click on the “Free Full Text” link below a listing. To search among a journal’s article listings, add in a search term in the Search Box on the top of the page, right after the name of the journal.

Alternative Medicine Review – Find over 400 AMR articles on PubMed, covering topics like: herbs, Vitamin C, electro-acupuncture, leeches and more.

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine – Find over 300 articles, covering topics like stress reduction, natural supplements and more.

Chinese Medicine – Find over 100 articles on topics related to Chinese medicine.

Chiropractic and Osteopathy – Find over 100 articles covering evidence-based studies of how chiropractic helps with bone health.

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine – Find over 800 articles giving evidence as to the effectiveness (or lack thereof) associated with all areas of CAM practice.

Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine – Find over 1,400 articles on all Chinese medicine topics.

Journal of the American Osteopathic Association – Over 1,000 articles related to bone health and bone treatments.

Allopathy/Western Medicine

American Cancer Society – Includes detailed guides for all cancer types.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention – credible health information including diseases & conditions, healthy living, and environmental health.

Drugs.com – provides free, accurate and independent advice on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines & natural products.

DrugWatch – provides information on prescription medications, including side effects, uses, and interactions as well as the latest drug news and FDA alerts.

Florida Department of Health – Contains an A-Z alphabetical index of public health topics, such as swine flu, health statistics, and vital records.

Genetics Home Reference – Provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.

Lab Tests Online – Peer-reviewed resource on clinical lab testing.

MayoClinic.com – More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise to empower you to manage your health.

MedlinePlus – National Institutes of Health’s Web site with information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.

Medpedia – Medical information, including alternative therapies, presented in Wiki format. Editors are physicians and Ph.D.s in the biomedical field.

The Merck Manuals  – Free electronic manuals including The Merck Manual of Health & Aging.

National Center for Biotechnology Information Bookshelf – Provides access to over 700 texts in life science and healthcare.

NewsRX – medical news, disease research, and business reports for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

NOAH – New York Online Access to Health provides access to high quality consumer health information in English and Spanish written by librarians and health professionals. Find, select, and organize full-text consumer health information that is current, relevant, accurate and unbiased.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) – Online access to Good Medicine magazine and additional resources for preventative medicine & nutrition, vegetarian diets, and more.

Physician’s Desk Reference – Use this authoritative, online version of the Physicians’ Desktop Reference to search information on Drugs & Supplements, Diseases & Conditions, Clinical Trials, Surgery, and many Interactive Tools.

PubMed – Contains more than 19 million citations for biomedical articles from MEDLINE and life science journals. Many full-text articles available, as well.

PMC – PMC is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

Anti-Aging

WorldHealth.net  – Information portal for anti-aging medicine and advanced preventative health provided by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Dr. Weil – This website is packed with information. Search for advice and articles, locate local practitioners, and more.

Ayurveda

Ayurvedic Institute – The Online Resources offer downloadable documents on basic Ayurveda.

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals – This is a public education site that contains articles about ayurvedic medicine and message therapy.

Yoga Journal– Click Health tab to access Ayurveda and Yoga articles.

Books- Materia Medica, Repertories, etc.

This excellent collection of resources is taken from Homéopathe International

Boercke

James Taylor Kent, A.M., M.D.

John Henry Clarke, M. D.

Timothy Field Allen

Cyrus Maxwell Boger

Eugene Beauharnais Nash, M. D.

Dr. Samuel Hahnemann

Peter Morrell

Peter Morrell & Sylvain Cazalet

Various Authors

Clinical Trials

ClinicalTrials.gov  – Registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world.

The Cochrane Collaboration – This Library database replete with systematic reviews written by healthcare professionals or browse through copious health topics, trials, and results from studies conducted.

Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Alternative Medicine: The Evidence  – Site maintained by the BBC and the Open University.

Alternative Medicine Foundation – A non-profit organization providing information about alternative medicines. Click on the Information link for many more useful resources.

Complementary and Alternative Medicines for Mesothelioma – This resource from Asbestos.com features Complementary and Alternative therapies ranging from acupuncture to yoga for the treatment of mesothelioma. Asbestos.com features information provided by the Mesothelioma Center.

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine – This site offers open access (free!) to peer-reviewed journal research articles.

The Bravewell Collaborative – Authoritative integrative medicine information.

CAM on MedlinePlus – Search Medline Plus’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) website from the authoritative National Institutes of Health for in-depth overviews on CAM treatments, latest CAM news, specific conditions, clinical trials, pictures, tutorials and much more.

Complementary Medicine Association  – Non-profit dedicated to promoting the very highest standards of complementary medicine and natural healthcare. Use the pink search box on left to look for therapies, remedies, supplements, conditions, and interactions.

GreenMedInfo.com – World’s Largest, Evidence-Based, Open Source, Natural Medicine Database. Provides abstracts, not full-text articles.

MD Anderson Center – Authoritative site for integrative cancer therapies, clinical trials, and additional resources.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine – A National Institutes of Health site that offers research based information on treatments and conditions.

Natural Solutions Magazine – Formerly Alternative Medicine Magazine, this site offers a full range of articles on healthy, natural living.

Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine  – Click tab for Health Information for information about cancer and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), including definitions, databases, publications, and links to trustworthy Web sites.

Townsend Letter  – Archives of the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients Online Magazine. Also available through subscription library databases.

University of Maryland Medical Center’s CAM – Index that facilitates searching of conditions and their symptoms, depletions, herbs, supplements, treatments, herb use and side effects, supplement depletion and side effects, and treatment options that include drug and alternative therapies.

WholeHealthMD.com – Dedicated to providing the best in complementary and alternative medicine. Includes excellent database on healing food for body, mind, and soul.

Environmental Medicine

Household Products Database – Links over 10,000 consumer household brands to health effects.

Tox Town – Interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances, your health, and the environment.

Films

Earthlings -Watch the documentary “Earthlings” online. This documentary is about society’s treatment of animals and is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix.

The Alternative Fix – Watch Frontline’s 1-hour documentary examining the controversy over complementary and alternative medicine. Includes companion materials.

Top Documentary Films – Watch free documentaries on just about any subject online.

General Health

Alliance for Natural Health  – Searchable site of reliable natural health information including campaigns, position papers, and news articles.

Citizens for Health – Current and thought-provoking videos, legislative updates, and essays from subject-matter experts, opinion leaders, whistle-blowers, Washington insiders and concerned Natural Health consumers.

healthfinder.gov – Access reliable resources on a wide range of health topics carefully selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations.

Healthy.net  – Virtual health village includes areas for healthy eating, healthy home, movement & fitness, spiritual health, etc. Click on Integrative Medicine to view the Alternative Medicine Center.

InteliHealth – Have a look around this Aetna website full of information on diseases and conditions, nutrition, CAM, a drug resource center, and more.

Natural Solutions Magazine – Read articles, blogs, join their community, and more.

Our Bodies Ourselves – Provides accessible, research-based information about women’s health and sexuality. This Website provides information on women taking care of their bodies, relationships and sexuality, sexual health, reproductive choices, child-bearing, growing older, medical problems and procedures, and more.

Rodale: Where Health Meets Green  – Health, fitness, wellness and green living articles. Click on the Remedies tab to browse by ailment.

Taking Charge of Your Health – This site, created by the Center for Spirituality & Healing and the Life Science Foundation, provides information on healing practices from acupuncture to yoga.

Herbs & Supplements

AGRICOLA – A searchable index to the National Agricultural Library of the United States Department of Agriculture.

American Botanical Council – Source for reliable herbal medicine information. Click tab for Herbal Library for a full list of resources.

American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP) – Links to journals in pharmacognosy and natural products.

Botanical.com – Home of the electronic version of “A Modern Herbal” by Maud Grieve.

Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements Database – Searchable database of federally funded research projects pertaining to dietary supplements.

Dietary Supplement Labels Databases – (NLM) This site offers information about all the dietary supplements marketed in the U.S.

Ecoport – The EcoPort Program is run jointly by the University of Florida, Food & Agricultural Organization and the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution and provides a collective database or “knowledge commons” for ecological data, including plants used for medicinal purposes.

EthnoMedicinals for Research and Development – From the site- “A page dedicated to the transfer of information on the use of herbs and other natural products in biochemistry, pharmacology, and traditional medicine.”

GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) – A list of FDA recognized GRAS food additive botanicals.

Green Medicine – Various resources about medicinal use plants, specifically those of North America, including descriptions and common uses.

Henriette’s Herbal Homepage – Individual’s website includes full-text classic herbal texts, medicinal and culinary herbs FAQs, image galleries, and more.

Herbal Prescriber Database – Each herb includes a brief description, herbal forms, affects, cautions, dosages and a list of common ailments for which the herb is most useful.

HerbMed ® – An interactive, electronic herbal database that offers hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an impartial, evidence-based information resource, providing access to the 20 most popular herbs with information such as Evidence for Efficacy, Evidence of Activity, Safety Data, Formulas/Blends, Dynamic Updates, and more.

Herb Research Foundation – Provides the latest information on herbal science, regulation, industry and products that people all over the world are using to preserve, maintain and build their health.

Longwood Herbal Task Force (LHTF) – Organized in the fall of 1998 by faculty, staff and students from Children’s Hospital, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to research the use of herbs and supplements by oncology patients. This site now features research and resources for over 85 herbs and dietary supplements.

MedlinePlus Herbal Medicine – Look through Medline Plus’s herbal chest to find information on herbal medicine, botanicals, or phototherapy. This website provides detailed overviews by the NIH’s NCCAM on every herb or botanical, how and why they’re used, studies, side effects and more.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center – An Integrative Medicine Service is a great Herb and Botany resource that provides evidence-based information about every type of herb, botanical, supplement, and more. Search this site for every herb, you are guaranteed to find it.

Mini-Course in Medical Botany – Consists of a repository of course materials of the ethnobotanist Dr. James A Duke.

Native American Ethnobotany – Searchable database of Foods, Drugs, Dyes and Fibers of Native American Peoples, Derived from Plants.

Natural Herbs Guide – Evidence-based, natural herbs and herbal remedies information site. Includes Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs.

New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists – Provides information on medicinal herbs found and used in New Zealand as well as various articles on medicinal herbs and their use.

Office of Dietary Supplements – (NIH) Provides access to a dietary supplements database and factsheets on dietary supplements. Also includes information on good manufacturing practices for dietary supplements.

PharmaHub – A meta-search focused on research, development, and market trends within the pharmaceutical and chemical markets.

Plants for A Future – A resource and information center for edible and useful plants. Featuring a database of over 7000 species of plants.

Rain Tree – Features a database of plants found in the rain forest as well as products, images, and clinical trial information regarding the medicinal use of rain forest plants.

Southwest School of Botanical Medicine – An exhaustive collection of illustrations, images, videos, and other resources on medicinal plants.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration– Searchable database of drugs, foods, devices, products, etc. including herbs and supplements, their adverse reactions and claims filed.

Holistic Medicine

American Holistic Health Association – Online wellness resource with several searchable databases that include evidence-based research articles.

Homeopathy

American Institute of Homeopathy – Reliable evidence based homeopathy articles.

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy  – Founded by George Vithoulkas, the International Academy of Classical Homepathy is dedicated to the teaching of Homepathic Medicine. On their homepage will find many resources for Homeopathic studies.

National Center for Homeopathy – Organizational website providing a database of hundreds of homeopathy articles. To do a general, click on the Articles tab and do not select a subtopic.

Organon of Medicine – Online access to the entire Hahnemann’s entire book of homeopathic philosophy.

Similima.com – Extensive portal on homeopathic education & research including the largest collection of free online homeopathic books.

Whole Health Now – Access HomeopathyINFO Pro for homeopathy articles and resources appropriate for professionals and students.

Manual Therapies

American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – The AAAOM provides their magazine, The American Acupuncturist, a publication for practitioners of Oriental Medicine.

American Chiropractic Association – A monthly magazine replete with news, articles, and columns on health and wellness, practice management, and more.

Miscellaneous

GAO (Government Accountability Office) – The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. The link provided goes to the GAO’s reports and testimonies page with topics listed in categories, though you can search by keyword or government agency also. Topics cover all areas of government spending such as health care, energy, business regulation, transportation, space, homeland security, and much, much more.

Naturopathy

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians  – Provides authoritative information about naturopathic medicine. Click Publications and then Natural Medicine Journal to access the current and past issues of this publication.

American Naturopathic Medical Association  – Online journal archive and current legislation information.

Nutrition

Food Guide Pyramid  – USDA site provides current and past food guide pyramids, including those for specific ethnicities, and specialized populations such as older adults, children, and vegetarians.

Label Claims – (FDA) Information on food labeling regulations under the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act. Includes information on allergens, biotechnology, and nutrient and health claims.

Macronutrients, Phytonutrients, Vitamins and Minerals  – Sponsored by the National Agriculture Library, this site includes interactive tools, factsheets, and nutrient information on macronutrients, phytonutrients, and vitamins and minerals.

Nutrition Data – Go to the Tools tab and you’ll find lots of useful nutritional information. Have a look at the Nutrient Search Tool to look up specific foods or nutrients.

Nutrition Source – Diet and nutrition information provided by the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health.

USDA – This Food and Nutrition site offers a wealth of information on nutrition. Under I Want To… click on the “Look up Calories or Nutrients in a Food” for a detailed breakdown of vitamins, minerals, fat content, and more.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration – Searchable government site includes authoritative information on foods, drugs, dietary supplements, and more.

Vegetarian Journal – Browse articles that include cooking tips, travel features, nutrition info, and scientific guides to what’s in your food.

Vegetarian Nutrition – An excellent source for evidence based vegetarian nutrition information including recipes and articles by Registered Dieticians.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Acupuncture.com – Includes extensive educational resources for both students and practitioners, as well as newsletters, online shopping, and much more.

BluePoppy  – This website is for Traditional Chinese Medicine students. Have a look at over 1,000 articles on TCM.

Chinese Medicine – open access, peer-reviewed journal of the International Society for Chinese Medicine. Also available in full-text through LIRN’s InfoTrac database.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) – Acupuncture  – Includes clinical practice guidelines for acupuncture, video clips, consumer info, and scientific research.

Qigong Institute – Promotes Qigong and Energy Medicine through education and research. The site includes a message board, study materials, news updates, and more.

Rootdown.us – This site covers TCM, acupuncture, and herbs. Acupuncture students will be especially interested in the AcuMapper, a cool interactive feature.

TCM Information Page – “We’ll introduce you to the history, basic concepts, and fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We’ll closely follow and communicate to you the most recent development of TCM approaches to the treatment of common diseases.” – quoted from the site

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