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Complementary and Alternative Health

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About Herbs, Botanicals, and Other Products
An information resource from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Provides evidence-based information on herbal and botanical products. For each product there is a section for consumers and for healthcare professionals. Lists purported uses, adverse effects, pharmacokinetics, herb-drug interactions, and more.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine - MayoClinic
Presents an overview of the topic and includes broad descriptions of various complementary and alternative treatments.
Complementary and Alternative Therapies - MedlinePlus
A comprehensive, high-quality site from the National Library of Medicine. Links to resources on topics such as acupuncture, cancer alternative therapies, dietary supplements, chiropractic, and herbal medicine.
Dietary Supplement Label Database
Find supplements by searching product names, active ingredients, or manufacturers. Includes product information, suggested/recommended usage or directions, as well as label statements. Provided by the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements and the National Library of Medicine.
HealthyNJ - Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Recommended websites covering a wide range of CAM topics, and New Jersey-specific resources from Rutgers University. HealthyNJ also links out to pre-constructed PubMed searches.
HerbMed
A catalog of herbs and their uses. Free access to 20 popular herbs - the remaining content is available for subscription. Summarizes research articles from PubMed and links to the abstract. For each herb the site gives evidence for efficacy, safety data, formulas, and mechanism of action.
Herbs, Supplements and Vitamins - Mayo Clinic
Descriptions of various herbs and supplements include a system that grades the strength of the scientific evidence for use. The information comes from Natural Standard patient monographs.
Index to Chiropractic Literature
This database, from the Chiropractic Library Collaboration, indexes the peer reviewed literature produced by chiropractic publishers.
MedlinePlus - Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Comprehensive site from the National Library of Medicine includes information on many aspects of CAM. The site provides links to news, research, articles, videos, organizations, directories, statistics and more.
National Cancer Institute - Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Information on Alternative Medical Systems, Mind-Body Methods, Nutritional Methods, and Pharmacologic and Biologic Treatments.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The NCCAM is the federal government's lead agency for scientific research on practices and products not considered part of conventional medicine. Provides research-based information on treatments and conditions. Also has information on clinical trials, grants, research, and how to be an informed consumer.
Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM)
The National Cancer Institute site has information for consumers and health professionals on CAM therapies, research, clinical trials, grants and funding opportunities.
Office of Dietary Supplements - National Institutes of Health
The Office of Dietary Supplements supports research and disseminates information on the use of dietary supplements.
PubMed Dietary Supplements Subset
Search journals indexed for MEDLINE for dietary supplement related content. From the National Library of Medicine and the Office of Dietary Supplements.
Quackwatch
Takes a conservative and critical look at many alternative health therapies in an effort to confront health related frauds, myths and fallacies.

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