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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.

BioMedNet -

BioMedNet is owned by Elsevier Science and is part of the Reed Elsevier group of companies. BioMedNet is the website for biological medical researchers.

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.

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 Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) -

The Council for Responsible Nutrition is dedicated to helping to reduce health care costs and enhancing the public's health through good nutrition, including the appropriate use of dietary supplements. To fulfill this mission, CRN supports a science-based environment for the responsible marketing of dietary supplement products and provides its member companies with legislative guidance, regulatory interpretation, scientific information on supplement benefits and safety issues, and communications expertise.

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.

Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases -

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.

Herb Research Foundation -

The Herb Research Foundation is the world's first and foremost source of accurate, science-based information on the health benefits and safety of medicinal plants.

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.

IOPI to databases -

The International Organization for Plant Information (IOPI) manages a series of cooperative international projects that aim to create and link databases of plant taxonomic information

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.


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.

National Institutes of Health - National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) -

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science; training CAM researchers; and disseminating authoritative information.

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.

PhytoNet -

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

Phytopharmacognosy - -

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.

Provisional Global Plant Checklist -

Managed by the International Organization for Plant Information (IOPI), the Global Plant Checklist (GPC) is a cooperative international project designed to help humanity manage the earth's biodiversity efficiently and sustainability


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.

The Research Council for Complementary Medicine -

Carrying out, promoting and facilitating rigorous research in complementary medicine to encourage safe and effective practice and improved patient care.

U.S. National Library of Medicine -

Health Information: MEDLINE/PubMed, MEDLINEplus, NLM Gateway

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U.S. Pharmacopeia -


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