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Integrative & Complementary Medicine

Integrative (IM) & Complementary Medicine (CM)

Combining the best of Western scientific medicine with a broader understanding of the nature of illness, healing and wellness, integrative medicine makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches and evidenced-based global medical modalities to achieve optimal health and healing. Bravewell Collaborative
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NCCAM - National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine NIH Center charged with funding rigorous scientific research into CAM therapies, training researchers, and disseminating information. Excellent fact sheets background and overview information, info on clinical trials, funding requirements, etc.
Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine Members are 39 top rated academic medical centers committed to the practice and promotion of integrative medicine. Member web sites (Duke, Stamford, Harvard, Jefferson, Columbia, etc.) provide descriptions of clinical programs, insight into the cutting edge delivery of IM and links to resources.

OCCAM - Office of Cancer Comple-mentary and Alternative Medicine

National Cancer Institute information on complementary therapies.
Cochrane Abstracts Abstracts of Cochrane Systematic Reviews and the titles of reviews in progress. Authorized PCOM users have access to the full reviews through OVID. SRs provide the highest level of evidence
PubMED NCCAM and NLM partnered to create an invaluable limit for Complementary Medicine. CAM on PubMED Click on the "Limit" function. From the Subsets pull down menu, select "Complementary Medicine" and then search from within this subset.
MedlinePlus CAM NLM fact sheets, dictionaries, videos on therapy modalities, drugs, herbs, supplements suitable for health care professionals and consumers.

Natural Standard 

aggregates and synthesizes data on complementary and alternative therapies to provide evidence based information
ACP PIER subscription includes summaries of CM therapies if available
Clinical Evidence subscription includes summaries of CM therapies if available
DynaMed subscription includes Cochrane abstracts, summaries of CM therapies
InfoRetriever subscription includes Cochrane abstracts, summaries of CM therapies
MD Consult subscription contains electronic Rakel's Integrative Medicine, articles, etc.

subscription (OVID)

Allied and Complementary Medicine a unique bibliographic database produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library. Sub info http://www.bl.uk/collections/health/amed.html
AltHealthWatch subscription (EBSCO) full text articles for nearly 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. Includes pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts.  Sub info
CRISP Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects is a searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects.
Manual Alternative and Natural Therapy Index System index of peer reviewed articles for several disciplines including; chiropractic, osteopathy, homeopathy, and manual medicine. Sub info www.healthindex.com/
OSTMEDDr bibliographic index to osteopathic literature
PsycINFO subscription
Psychological Abstracts resource for mind-body literature and related research. Sub info
Acubriefs comprehensive database of references on acupuncture in the English language.
American Assn. of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine encompasses Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, moxibustion guasha, cupping, dietary modifications,Tuina, living and working quarters placement, and the various Qi manipulation techniques in Qi Gong, Tia Qi Chuan, and other more martial arts.
Centre For International Ethnomedicinal Education and Research established to promote the conservation of bio-cultural traditional knowledge and plant biodiversity. Provides directory of over 150 links, listserv, forums.
China Traditional Medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine Patent Database compiled by the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the People's Republic of China
database of over 25,000 article and book references on homeopathy from the British Homeopathic Library
Native American Ethnobotany Database of foods, drugs, dyes and fibers derived from plants by Native American Peoples. from the Univ of Michigan
Qigong and Energy Medicine  fee Database contains a collection of over 4000 abstracts
American Botanical Council/Directory Herbal Reference Guide indicates average daily dose, use, contraindications, side effects, drug interactions.
Consumer Lab Database independent testing lab to evaluate quality of herbal products, vitamins, minerals, other supplements, sports & energy products, functional foods, etc. 
Dietary Supplement Information Bureau industry perspective on current issues, regulations
FNIC Food and Nutrition Information Center (National Agricultural LibraryUSDA) provides resource lists, individual
supplement information, and links to resources for assessing supplement use.
IBIDS International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements peer-reviewed, international, scientific literature on dietary supplements developed and maintained by the ODS in collaboration with the Food and Nutrition Information Center of the National Agricultural Library.
Longwood Herbal Task Force evidence-based monographs and information summaries created by staff at the Children's Hospital Boston, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
MedlinePlus features news, info on clinical trials and research, fact sheets, etc.


Natural Products Alert, a relational database of ethnomedical information, pharmacological/biochemical information of extracts of organisms in vitro, in situ, in vivo, in humans (case reports, non-clinical trials) and clinical studies. Indexes over 200,000 scientific papers
Office of Dietary Supplements - NIH information on ODS-funded research, calendars of workshops and conferences, flutist conference programs, abstracts and NLM bibliographies

Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine

BMC Chinese Medicine
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
BMC Chiropractic & Osteopathy
BMC Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM
Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT)

Highwire Press. Topic: Complementary Medicine

Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Journal of the Chinese Medical Association
Resources used in page construction
Crumley, E. T. (2006). Exploring the roles of librarians and health care professionals involved with complementary and alternative medicine. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 94(1), 81-89.
Gaster, B., Unterborn, J. N., Scott, R. B., & Schneeweiss, R. (2007). What should students learn about complementary and alternative medicine? Academic Medicine, 82(10), 934-938.
Rosenthal center - directory of databases. Retrieved 11/29/2007, 2007, from http://www.rosenthal.hs.columbia.edu/Databases.html#6
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