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AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) -

AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) is a bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library and its cooperators. Production of these records in electronic form began in 1970, but the database covers materials in all formats, including printed works from the 15th century. The records describe publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences.

Alticopeia® Herbal/Supplement Database -

The database contains approximately 400 herbs and non-herbal dietary supplements.

AMED Allied and Complementary Medicine Database -

AMED is a unique bibliographic database produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library. It covers a selection of journals in complementary medicine, palliative care, and several professions allied to medicine.

AyuHerbal Catalog of Indian Medicinal Plants -

BoDD the Botanical Dermatology Database -

BoDD is an electronic re-incarnation of BOTANICAL DERMATOLOGY by John Mitchell & Arthur Rook, which was originally published in 1979 by Greengrass Ltd, Vancouver [ISBN 0-88978-047-1]. - A Modern Herbal by Mrs. M. Grieve -

Search by herb.

CAB Database of Plant Sciences -

CAB International's extensive Plant Sciences activities cover all plant species of economic importance and all aspects of the crop production process in relation to yield and quality. Specific topics covered include taxonomy and genetic resources, plant breeding and genetics, agronomy, horticulture, plant physiology, botany and biochemistry, agricultural engineering and on-farm processes, and environmental issues.

CAM on PubMed -

CAM on PubMed allows you to easily find journal citations related to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and The National Library of Medicine (NLM) have partnered to create CAM on PubMed, a special subset of the NLM's PubMed.

CenterWatch Clinical Trial Listing Service -

This is a listing of industry-sponsored clinical trials that are actively recruiting patients. You can use this listing to search for clinical trials by therapeutic area and geographic region.

Christopher Hobbs Media -

Online database of ailments and herbs

CISCOM-The Centralised Information Service For Complementary Medicine -

The CISCOM database currently has nearly 70,000 citations and abstracts covering all the major complementary therapies. -

The U.S. National Institutes of Health, through its National Library of Medicine, has developed to provide patients, family members and members of the public current information about clinical research studies.

Codex Alimentarius -

Data system which provides information on food standards for pesticides, commodities, and pesticide/commodity combinations. Topics covered include: Pesticide residues in food; Residues of veterinary drugs in foods; Foods for special dietary uses, including food for infants and children; Processed and quick frozen fruits and vegetables; Tropical fresh fruits and vegetables; Fruit juices and related products; Cereals, pulses, legumes, and derived products and vegetable proteins; Fats, oils, and related products; Meat and meat products, including soups and broths; Sugars, cocoa products, and chocolate and miscellaneous products; and Methods of analysis and sampling.

CRISP (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects) -

CRISP (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects) is a biomedical database system containing information on research projects and programs supported by the Department of Health and Human Services. Most of the research falls within the broad category of extramural projects, grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements conducted primarily by universities, hospitals, and other research institutions; and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies. A relatively small number of research grants are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR). CRISP also contains information on the intramural programs of the NIH and the FDA.

The Datadiwan - The Ultimate Database for Extraordinary Knowledge in Holistic Medicine and Frontier Sciences -

Dictionary of Chinese Herbs -

From the Complementary and Alternative Healing University

Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases -

Edible Landscaping Database -

Elsevier Science -

Mission: To serve the advancement of science, technology and medicine by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of communication among researchers and professionals world-wide and by providing solutions to their information needs.

EthnobotDB -

Worldwide plant uses

Glossary of Latin Roots of Botanical Names -

Health World Herbal Materia Medica -

Information on selected herbs.

Henriette Kress' Plant Name Database -

Herbasin Chinese Herb Database -

Search by Latin, Pinyin, or English name.

HerbMed® - an interactive, electronic herbal database -

Provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and general public. HerbMed® is a project of the Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc, provided as a freely available, public resource.

HOM-INFORM DATABASE - British Homoeopathic Library -

A database of literature references to homoeopathy, with key terms and some abstracts. - Horticultural Databases, Floras and Herbaria -

IBIDS The International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements -

The International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) is a database of published, international, scientific literature on dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, and botanicals. IBIDS is produced by the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health to assist the public, health care providers, educators, and researchers in locating credible, scientific information on dietary supplements. IBIDS was developed and will be maintained through an interagency partnership with the Food and Nutrition Information Center, National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Lloyd Library -

The Lloyd Library is a world class research institution that collects, preserves, and provides access for scholars and educators to published and archival materials in the areas of botany, pharmacy and complimentary medicines, and horticulture. Its outreach programs promote and encourage scholarly investigation and education based on its collection and the areas of knowledge represented in its collection areas.

Medicinal and Poisonous Plant Databases -

Medicinal Herbs Online -

The Medicinal Herbs Online site was created to help educate visitors about the often forgotten wisdom of the old ways of treating illnesses. Many of today's drugs and medicines were originally derived from natural ingredients, combinations of plants and other items found in nature.


MICROMEDEX is the leading provider of computerized and printed information for professionals and consumers. Relied upon in more than 90 countries, our products address toxicology, pharmacology, acute care, patient education, occupational medicine, alternative medicine, chemical safety, and regulatory compliance.


The NAPRALERT File (NAtural PRoducts ALERT) contains bibliographic and factual data on natural products, including information on the pharmacology, biological activity, taxonomic distribution, ethno-medicine and chemistry of plant, microbial, and animal (including marine) extracts. In addition, the file contains data on the chemistry and pharmacology of secondary metabolites that are derived from natural sources and that have known structure.

Native American Ethnobotany Database -

Foods, Drugs, Dyes, and Fibers of Native North American Peoples.

Natural Antimicrobials Database -

Download a free sample.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database -

Subscription required.

Nutrient Data Laboratory (NDL) -

The Nutrient Data Laboratory (NDL) is one of seven units in the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC) of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). NDL and its predecessor organizations in USDA have been compiling and developing food composition databases for over a century. NDL has an interdisciplinary staff composed of nutritionists, dietitians, food technologists, and computer specialists.

PhytochemDB -

Plant chemicals

PhytoNet -

PhytoNet provides an information resource for those involved in the development, manufacture, regulation and surveillance of phytomedicines and herbal drugs. -

This site is a resource for herbal practitioners, it includes editorial content, articles and an extensive searchable and hyperlinked herbal database on current herbal therapeutics.

Pioneer Thinking Herbal Database -

Plants For A Future - Database Search -

Plants For A Future is a resource centre for rare and unusual plants, particularly those which have edible, medicinal or other uses.

Poisonous Plant Database-U.S. Food & Drug Administration Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition -

The Poisonous Plant Database is a set of working files of scientific information about the animal and human toxicology of vascular plants of the world. The initial files were created in 1994, and are updated periodically.


PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, provides access to over 11 million citations from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.

Raintree's Tropical Plant Database -

Raintree's website is dedicated to providing information and education on the important plants of the Amazon Rainforest. The Plant Database section is continuously under construction as they continue to add more rainforest plants which are under research.

Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute TCM Herbal Database -

Free access (by password) to sample course materials and a database of over 220 herbs of the Chinese (TCM) materia medica.

Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Database Directory -

RxList - The Internet Drug Index -

Search for Western herbs, Chinese herbs, and homoepathics.

Thai Herb Database -

TradiMed -

Traditional Chinese Medicines Database

USDA-Iowa State Database of the Isoflavone Content of Foods -

Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association Herbal Database -

W3TROPICOS - Missouri Botanical Garden -

W3TROPICOS provides new and improved access to the Missouri Botanical Garden's VAST nomenclatural database and associated authority files.

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