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Organizations and Agencies

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (U.S. National Institutes of Health)
This office "supports rigorous research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), trains researchers in CAM, and disseminates information to the public and professionals on which CAM modalities work, which do not, and why."

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Publications and Databases

To search for journal articles on this topic, use Indexes and Databases. To locate journals, use the Melvyl catalog, or the UC-eLinks Electronic Journals Search.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) on PubMed (formerly CAM Citation Index)
The CAM subset of the National Library of Medicine's Medline database indexes scientific journal literature on complementary and alternative medicine from the late 1940's to the present.

Drug Digest
Consumer health information about drugs, herbs, and supplements. Includes drug interactions, a glossary, drug comparisons, and a treatment options page. Searchable.

Herbs and Supplements, from Natural Medicines (via MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine)
Over 100 herb and supplment monographs in English and Spanish from Natural Standard, a peer-reviewed, evidence-based collection of information on alternative treatments. Each monograph includes a table of uses of the supplement based on scientific evidence. The herbal or supplement receives a grade ranging from A (strong scientific evidence for this use) to F (strong scientific evidence against this use) for diseases or conditions it treats. In addition, each monograph provides information on dosing, safety, interactions, and selected references. Many monographs also contain illustrations.

Medicinal Herb Garden (University of Washington in Seattle)
Database of medicinal herbs by botanical names and common names. Images of herbs are available as well as links to Medline literature on the herb.

Native American Ethnobotany (University of Michigan)
Database of foods, drugs, dyes and fibers of Native American peoples, derived from plants.

Natural Medicines (formerly Natural Standard & Medicine Comprehensive Database)
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
Natural Standard aims to provide high-quality, reliable information about complementary and alternative therapies to clinicians, patients, and healthcare institutions. Through systematic aggregation and analysis of scientific data, incorporation of historic and folkloric perspectives, consultation with multidisciplinary editorial experts, use of validated grading scales, and blinded peer-review processes, Natural Standard builds evidence-based and consensus-based content. This content is designed to support safer and more informed therapeutic decisions.

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