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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Resources Licensed for the MGH Community

  • Consumer Lab Independent laboratory testing of dietary supplements, herbal medicines, vitamins and minerals, and nutritional products with reports listing brand name products.Also product recalls and warnings, and access to the Natural Pharmacist Encyclopedia.
  • Lexi-comp's CRL Online Home of the MGH Formulary, this collection of drug handbooks also includes Natural Therapeutics. Search herb or supplement name to bring up brief entries in the Lexi-Natural Products Online database.
  • Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Evidence-based, clinical information on natural medicines. Includes index by product name. Effectiveness checker. Personal profiles for drug interactions. Laboratory interactions. MGH Access.
  • Natural Standard Evidence-based, peer reviewed information on foods, herbs, supplements, interactions, special diets and more, Includes patient handouts in English & Spanish & CE/CME programs. For mobile access, email memberservices@naturalstandard.com for download code.

Internet Sites

Herbs and Dietary Supplements

  • FDA Overview on Dietary Supplements Includes FDA regulatory information, factsheets for consumers and a link to a searchable listing of illness and injury reports associated with the use of nutritional supplements.
  • HerbMed Herbal database providing hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. From the Alternative Medicine Foundation.
  • Information Resource: about Herbs, Botanicals and other Supplements Monographs from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
  • Herbs at a Glance A series of fact sheets that provides basic information about specific herbs or botanicalsócommon names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information. From the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
  • IBIDS, the International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements "A database of published, international, scientific literature on dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, and botanicals."
  • Longwood Herbal Taskforce Monographs, clinician fact sheets, and patient handouts on selected herbs and supplements. Developed by a team from Boston's Childrens Hospital, Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Dana Farber Cancer Center. Updated by Dr. Paula Gardiner.
  • Office of Dietary Supplements Explores the role of dietary supplements in improving health care. Includes the IBIDS Database.
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterInformation about herbs, botanicals and supplements, from MSKCC's Integrative Medicine Service.

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