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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Herbal and Natural Products


American Botanical Council is an independent, nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information about herb and medicinal plants for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media.

American Institute of Homeopathy is a variety of health professionals dedicated to the practice, promotion and improvement of homeopathic medicine.

American Society of Pharmacognosy is international in scope and brings together men and women dedicated to the promotion, growth, and development not only of pharmacognosy but all aspects of those sciences related to and dealing in natural products.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a center at the National Institutes of Health and the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.


Allied and Complementary Medicine (AMED). London: The British Library; 1985- . Bibliographic database of citations from over 510 journals dealing with alternative and complementary medicine, including podiatry and palliative care. Requires subscription. Available from several vendors.

Drugs and Supplements. Rochester (MN): Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 1998-2017. (use Natural Standard drug and herbal information).

Index to Chiropractic Literature. Bethesda (MD): Chiropractic Library Collaboration; 1985-date. Created by health science librarians working in chiropractic schools around the world and indexing over 40 journals for chiropractic literature.

Jellin JM; Batz F Hitchens K, editors. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Stockton (CA): Therapeutic Research Faculty; 1995- .

Natural product information on effectiveness ratings, possible drug interactions and nutrient depletion issues. Requires subscription. Printed version editions also available. Mobile apps are available.

MANTIS Database (Manual, Alternative and Natural Therapy Index System. Denton (TX): Action Potential; 1993 to date. Focus is on chiropractic, osteopathic, manual and natural therapies bibliographic citations including over 450,000 records covering 1,200 journals from 1900 to date. Available from several vendors.

Natural Standard. Cambridge (MA): Natural Standard; 2003- . Provides evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine including dietary supplements and integrative therapies. Requires subscription. Variously titled printed book versions with varied scope of coverage are also available.

Review of Natural Products section of Facts & Comparisons eAnswers. St. Louis: Wolters Kluwer Health; 1996- . Also available in print edition as a guide to over 400 plant and dietary supplements used widely in medicine.

Other Resources

Bensky D, et al. compilers. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica. 3rd ed. Seattle: Eastland Press; 2004.

Cassileth BR, Yeung KS, Gubili J, editors. Herb-Drug Interactions in Oncology. 2nd ed. Shelton(CT): People's Medical Publishing House; 2010.

Gardner Z, McGuffin M, editors. American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. 2nd ed. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press; 2013.

Hempson CH, Fisher T, editors. A Materia Medica for Chinese Medicine: plants, minerals, and animal products. Edinburgh: Churchill-Livingstone; 2009.

Herbal Medicines. 4th ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press; 2013.

Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) Falls Church (VA): American Institute of Homeopathy; 1874- .

Pizzorno JE, Murray MT, editors. Textbook of Natural Medicine. 4th ed. St. Louis: Elsevier-Churchill Livingstone; 2013.

Russell J, editor. American Cancer Society Complete Guide to Complementary & Alternative Cancer Therapies. 2nd ed. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2009.

Scheid V, et al., compilers. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas & Strategies. 2nd ed. Seattle: Eastland Press; 2009.

Vitamin, Herbs, and Dietary Supplements on RxList (from Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database). RxList; 2013- .

Watson RR, Preedy VR. Botanical Medicine in Clinical Practice. Wallingford, Oxford ; Cambridge, MA : CABI; 2008.

Williamson E, et al. editors. Stockley's Herbal Medicines Interactions : a guide to the interactions of herbal medicines, dietary supplements, and nutraceuticals with conventional medicines. London: Pharmaceutical Press; 2009.

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