WEBTREATS: Alternative Medicine

WEBTREATS:  Alternative Medicine

This list, prepared by ACOG Resource Center Librarians from other sources, is provided for information only.  Referral to these sites does not imply the endorsement of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities.   Further, ACOG does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites. This list is not meant to be comprehensive; the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site.  Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning.

American Botanical Council (ABC)

The American Botanical Council is an independent, nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information on the responsible use of herbs and medicinal plants to consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media.  Some features require payment or ABC membership.

Commission E Monographs

In 1978 the German Ministry of Health established an expert panel, Commission E, to evaluate the safety and efficacy of more than 300 commonly available herbs.  The ABC links to an English translation of the Commission E monographs and supplementary resources through this link.


HerbMed, a project of the Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc., is available through this ABC link.  It provides an evidence-based interactive, electronic herbal database. Entry information includes Evidence for Efficacy (Human Data), Safety Data, Formulas/Blends, and more.

Dr. Duke’s Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases

Created by the Agricultural Research Service, this site is an excellent resource for the chemicals in therapeutic plants.  You can search by plant, chemical, ethnobotany, or activity.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Dietary Supplements

This FDA website links to FDA alerts about specific products and ingredients, general consumer information on dietary supplements, reporting requirements, and other resources.

National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus: Complementary and Alternative Therapies

This MEDLINEPlus page offers links to detailed consumer-level information on specific types of CAM therapies.

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This portion of the NCI website provides information on alternative ways of treatment for cancer.  It includes links to current publications and gives a patient and health providers perspective on the various topics it presents. 

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

The NCCIH site offers information on popular topics, user-friendly access to a CAM subset of PubMed, listings for CAM clinical trials, evaluating information on the Internet, and finding and evaluating CAM practitioners.

Herbs at a Glance

Herbs at a Glance is a series of fact sheets that provides basic information about specific herbs or botanicals—common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information.

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements

This NIH website provides general health information on dietary supplements and botanical supplements, information for informed decision making and consumer safety, and links to fact sheets on specific types of dietary supplements, and links to federal nutrient recommendations, including the IOM Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI), Daily Value (DV) Tables, and an online interactive DRI.

Quackwatch: Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions

Quackwatch’s purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies.  Website sections include: Questionable Products, Services, and Theories; Nonrecommended Sources of Health Advice; and illustrations of questionable advertisements. 

Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM) CAMEOL Database

The CAMEOL project, jointly developed by RCCM, the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, and the School of Integrated Health at the University of Westminster, was completed in 2009.  The CAMEOL outcomes, though now needing updating, are considered of sufficient interest and importance to continue to be posted here.  The general RCCM website links to other CAM resources of interest.

University of Maryland Medical Center  Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Guide

This database has separate sections on specific CAM therapies, specific diseases, the effect of medications on essential nutrients and dietary supplements, supplement and herbal side effects and warnings, and drug-herbal interactions.  Each record lists the reviewer, date reviewed, and relevant citations.

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Mary Hyde
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Reference Librarian


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