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  • "Complementary Medicine" Literature in PubMed Medline
    4 star rating "Complementary Medicine"-related abstracts and full text from biomedical journals, meeting proceedings, books, reports, and doctoral theses indexed by the National Library of Medicine.
  • Medline Free Full Text Articles Search - "Complementary Therapies"
    4 star rating Free, full-text, English language, journal articles indexed in Medline with "Complementary Therapies" as a subject focus.
  • AboutHerbs at Sloan-Kettering
    3 star rating Clinical summaries for specific herbal agents with details about constituents, adverse effects, interactions, and Medline-referenced potential benefits or problems. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
  • Guide to Popular Natural Products
    3 star rating A searchable directory of monographs, previously published as a textbook, with pharmacology, patient information, botany, history, and toxicology of 125 popular natural products. Fee access to archives. Facts and Comparisons.


Full Text / MultiMedia



  • University of Iowa Family Practice Handbook - Herbal Formulary
    5 star rating A chapter, from this published handbook of outpatient and inpatient medicine, that covers safe and unsafe herbal preparations. Authored by Graber, M.D. et al. and published by Mosby Year Book, Inc. in 1997. Presented online by the University of Iowa's Virtual Hospital.
  • ENotes Alternative Medicine
    4 star rating Featuring more than 750 full-length articles on alternative medical information that covers complementary therapies, herbs and remedies, and common medical diseases and conditions.
  • Wikipedia Medical Encyclopedia - Alternative Medicine
    4 star rating A collection of medical subject reviews and topic-oriented articles. The contributions are edited and reviewed by Internet users.

Major Sites / Home Pages

  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    4 star rating Fact sheets, consensus reports, online databases, and journal abstracts that support the Center's mission to examine the effectiveness of alternative medical treatment modalities.
  • NutriWatch
    4 star rating A directory of documents regarding science-based nutrition and "skeptical" analyses of fad products, dietary supplements, and unsupported nutrition recommendations. Operated by Stephen Barrett, MD, editor of Quackwatch.
  • QuackWatch
    4 star rating A large number of topic-categorized articles that present critical and skeptical analyses of alternative therapies. Stephen Barrett, M.D.
  • The British Medical Acupuncture Society
    3 star rating Contains general information about the use of acupuncture in medicine, including details of training courses, diploma and accreditation procedures for UK doctors. Summaries of journal articles from "Acupuncture in Medicine" can be viewed and searched.
  • American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
    2 star rating Presents general information about medical acupuncture, reports of research, CME courses, list of licensed doctors.
  • Complementary & Alternative Medicine Associations at Medbioworld
    2 star rating A comprehensive directory of weblinks for associations in this specialty.
  • HealthWWWeb Professional Resources
    1 star rating Links to medical and health organizations, professional journals and newsletters, research centers, courses, discussion groups and adverse events reports. Integrative Medical Arts Group, Inc.

Practice Guidelines / FAQs

  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Primer
    5 star rating An article which offers basic knowledge of CAM therapies to enable family physicians to offer patients appropriate guidance and advice about alternative therapies. American Academy of Family Physicians. March 2001.
  • NCCCAM Alternative Medicine Fact Sheets
    1 star rating Concise fact sheets and in-depth information summaries that provide scientific references regarding the therapeutic value or nonvalue of alternative medicine practices. National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine .

Patient Education


  • Alternative Medicine Internet Resources Directory at Pittsburgh
    4 star rating A directory of web sites that catalogs "alternative" systems of medical practice including traditional methods of self-care, folk remedies, acupuncture, rural practices, natural products, and non Western approaches. Falk Library of the Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Herbalinks
    2 star rating Assists pharmacists in finding information on herbal medicine. University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.

Educational Materials

  • FDA Dietary Supplements Regulation Materials
    3 star rating Warnings and safety information, factsheets and documents on applicable laws.
  • Holistic Kids
    3 star rating Information on holistic approaches to common pediatric diseases. Includes the full text of the "Holistic Pediatrician", teaching case studies, and treatment summaries. The Center for Holistic Pediatric Education and Research. .

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