Federally Sponsored Websites
- FDA MEDWATCH Monitoring
program for reporting adverse effects. 1-800-FDA-1088.
FDA Dietary Supplements
Food and Nutrition
Information Center of the USDA. Publications and links about herbs
and dietary supplements.
HealthFinder From the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. Excellent search engine.
National Cancer Institute.
NIH Center for Complementary and
Alternative Medicine Includes Medline-based CAM citation index.
NIH Office of Dietary
Supplements Has excellent information on herbal supplements that
is up to date
CAM on PubMed at The National
Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
CAM on PubMed is the product of collaboration between the National Library
of Medicine (NLM) and NCCAM, which facilitates literature searches on
a variety of CAM therapies, approaches, and systems. It contains 220,000
citations, has links to full text, and allows searchers to limit retrievals
by publication type.
For Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Research Centers
- Alternative Medicine
- Extensive directory of CAM sites organized using the same alternative
medicine medical subject headings used by the National Library of Medicine
Information on Herbs and Dietary Supplements
- Agricultural Research Service:
Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Database
Must know plant's scientific name for ethnobotanical search. Focus is
on specific use, but doses not included.
Alternative Medicine Foundation: HerbMed
An excellent resource for information on specific herbs, with direct
links to PubMed.
American Botanical Council
A nonprofit research and educational organization. Site contains general
information about hers and ABC publications.
Sponsored by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Provides free-access
to selected evidence based monographs from Natural Standard on a wide
variety of CAM therapies.
Complimentary and Alternative
Medicine (UNC School of Pharmacy)
Herb Research Foundation
Monographs obtained through "Greenpapers", with listing (often
incomplete) of primary sources. Also, a clearinghouse for herb research
Internet Directory for Botany
Extensive list of links for ethnobotany and herbal medicine.
Medical Journal Systematic reviews on herbal medicine.
Thorough list of links about herbal medicine.
Monographs by UNC pharmacy
Topic include herbs and some dietary supplements.
In lieu of the FDA ensuring the quality of herbs and dietary supplements,
ConsumerLab.com provides independent test results and information to
help consumers and healthcare professionals evaluate the quality of
various health and nutrition products. Product brands that pass ConsumerLab’s
testing are eligible for their seal of approval. There is no evaluation
of product efficacy.
Group Herbal Information Resources with limitied references.
World Health Organization
- Publications on Herbal Medicine.
University of Texas Center
for Alternative Medicine Research in Cancer (UT-CAM)
Reviews of herbs, dietary supplements and other alternative therapies
used by cancer patients.
- Information on General Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- Center for Holistic
Pediatric Education and Research at Children's Hospital, Boston
CAM research site for pediatrics; sponsor of Longwood Herbal Task Force.
Holistic Kids - Pediatric Integrative
Medicine Education Project
Provides information for parents and providers on complementary and
alternative medicine for children, exploring common problems, therapies,
practitioners, and resources. Affilliated with the Longwood Herbal Task
Force and the Center for Holistic Pediatric Education and Reasearch.
Health Care Information Resources.
New York Online Access to Health
(NOAH) Contains an extensive list of links; well organized site.
for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
University of Pittsburgh
- The Alternative Medicine Home page.
- Herbal Information and Abstracts
- AGRICOLA National Agricultural
Over 3.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles, theses,
patents, software, and technical reports related to agriculture from
1979 to the present
The world's largest collection of abstracts and bibliographic references
to biological and medical literature. (Subscription)
Landscape Project Examines cultural, religious, and spiritual forms
of complementary and alternative medicine, encouraging clinicians to
work with multiple approaches to healing. Offers images of Botanicas
and herbs in the Boston area.
Cochraine database of Systematic Reviews
Now has clinical research reviews on CAM topics including herbal medicine
- International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplement.
Government run database on scientific literature on dietary supplements.
From the National Library of Medicine; scientific abstracts and bibliographic
Natural Products Alert
Bibliographic and factual data on natural products. (Subscription)
Natural Medicine Database
One of the best subscription databases on herbs, in monograph form.
Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS)
IBIDS is produced by the Office of Dietary Supplements, NIH, along with
the Food and Nutrition Information Center, National Agricultural Library,
USDA. The database contains bibliographic records, including abstracts,
on the topic of dietary supplements, which includes vitamins, minerals,
and herbal and botanical supplements.
Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical
Database Sponsored by USDA. Must know plant genus for search (Free)
- FDA MEDWATCH. A government
sponsored site to report adverse effects. 1-800-FDA-1088.
IBIDS - International
Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplement . On line resources
for drug herb interactions and adverse reports (both free and for fee
TOXLINE and TOXNET,
from the National Library of Medicine (Free)
Information Resource Center.
TIRC is an information center offering direct access to international
scientific and technical databases (Fee for service).
AltMedex form Micromedex
Helpfull well referenced monographs on herbal supplements and CAM topics.
American Botanical Council (ABC)
This non-profit educational and research organization developed monographs
on 26 herbs detailing therapeutic use, safety, and dosage, complete
with references. (Subscription)
American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
Peer-reviewed monographs on 12 herbal medicines covering such topics
as history, commercial sources, therapeutics, and safety. (Subscription)
European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy
(ESCOP) Established in June 1989 as an organization of European
phytotherapy associations, ESCOP has now published 60 monographs on
common herbal medicines. (Subscription)
Prescribers Letter. Therapeutic Research Center: Herbal monographs.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 209-472-2240 CME credits available.
Review of Natural Products.
(800) 223-0554. Formerly the Lawrence Review of Natural Products, these
monographs provide footnoted information for several hundred herbal
medicines under such headings as botany, chemistry, pharmacology, and
- Blumenthal, M. ed. The Compete German Commission E Monographs.
American Botanical Council, 1998
Blumenthal, M., A. Goldberg and J. Brinckmann, eds. Herbal Medicine:
Expanded Commission E Monographs. Integrative Medicine Communications,
Bradley, PR, ed. British Herbal Compendium, Volume 1. British
Herbal Medicine Association, 1992
Bratman,Steven Mosbys Handbook of Herbal Supplements and their Therapeutics
Uses. Mosby 2003
Brinker, F. Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions. Eclectic
Medical Publications, 3rd ed.2001
Fugh-Berman, Adriane. The 5-Minute Herb and Dietary Supplement Consult.
Lippincott, 2003. Easy to use, quick look-up format.
Greuenwald, J. et al., eds PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition.
Medical Economics Company, 2000
Kemper, K. The Holistic Pediatrician. Harper Collins, 1996
McCaleb, R.S. et al. The Encyclopedia of Popular Herbs: Your Complete
Guide to the Leading Medicinal Plants. Prima Publishers, 2000
McGuffin M. et al., eds. American Herbal Products Association's Botanical
Safety Handbook. CRC Press, 1997
Miller, L.G. and W.J. Murray, eds. Herbal Medicinals: A Clinician's
Guide. Pharmaceutical Products Press, 1998
Newall, C.A., L.a. Anderson and J.D. Phillipson, Herbal
Medicines: A Guide for Health-care Professionals. The Pharmaceutical
Peirce, A. The American Pharmaceutical Association Practical Guide
to Natural Medicines. William Morrow & Company, 1999
Robbers, J.E. and Tyler, V.E. Tyler's Herbs of Choice: The Therapeutic
Use of Phytomedicinals. The Haworth Herbal Press, 1999
Rotblatt, M, Evidenced Based Herbal Medicine, 2001
Schulz, V., R. Hansel and V.E. Tyler. Rational Phytotherapy: A Physicians'
Guide to Herbal Medicine. Springer-Verlag, 4th ed., 2001
Werbach, M.R. Botanical Influences on Illness, 2nd edition. Third
Line Press, 2000