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National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

NCCAM is the first stop for information on for basic and applied research information on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). It is also the first place to look for research trends and grants on acupuncture, message, mind-body medicine and herbal treatment sponsored by National Institute of Health.

White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy (WHCCAMP)
The commission is to make recommendations on public policy and legislation pertaining to complementary and alternative medicine. This Web site contains the full White house Commission Report that include statistics, evidence-based research results, and the recommendations to White House on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Clinical Trials
ClinicalTrials.gov offers latest information for locating federally and privately supported clinical trials, updating daily, containing approximately 10,200 clinical studies in 50 states and 90 countries. Search under “alternative medicine,” “acupuncture,” “message,” or “herbal treatment.”

A massive federal database that collected every federal document or page that appears on the Web. All federal documents on web will be searched and posted by this site. A search of “alternative medicine” produces links to 102,000 documents. Good resource for legislation documents both in federal and state level.

National Center for Health Statistics
A rich source of information about health and statistical information. It provides unique public resource for health information of critical element of public health and health policy.

Office of Dietary and Supplementary National
The ODS supports research and disseminates research results in the area of dietary supplements. The ODS also provides advice to other federal agencies regarding research results related to dietary supplements. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA regulates dietary supplements under a different set of regulations than those covering "conventional" foods and drug products (prescription and over-the-counter). FDA is responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplement product after it reaches the market.

U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission
The commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products.

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Provides rich health information resources produced by government and organizations, as well as the up-to-date information on public and research health information projects.

National Institute of Cancer
Integrated within National Center of Complementary and Alternative. It provides Q&A about CAM use for cancer, evaluation, recommendations, and related information. 

Health Database

Most databases in this section can be accessed freely. Some of them even provide full-text articles. When you process a search, please keep in mind that acupuncture, herbal medicine and Oriental medicine are classified under “Alternative & Complementary Medicine” (CAM).

BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. It offers a rich and diverse range of scientific and medical databases, review journals and over 55 peer-reviewed research journals.

CAM on PubMed
This is a subset of the PubMed database that contains over 220,000 citations of journal articles related to CAM research from 1963 through the present. 

Chemical dictionary file for over 339,000 compounds of biomedical and regulatory interest. File locators lead users to additional information on other files such as HSDB, RTECS,TOXNET, and TOXLINE. 

The Combined Health Information Database (CHID) is a reference tool that offers thousands of journal articles and patient-education materials on different health topics.

Cochrane Database Complementary Field
This database provides extensive and reliable resources for alternative medicine as well as randomized controlled trials based at the University of Maryland.

CRISP (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects)
CRISP is a searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals and other research institutions.

The herbal database provides hyperlink access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. The common and scientific names for over 160 herbs are listed, along with six categories: evidence of activity, warnings, preparations, mixtures, mechanisms of actions, and other information, such as links to pictures and other keyword searches. 

Produced by the Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health, IBIDS contains citations with abstracts to articles published in international scientific journals on the topic of dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, herbal, and botanical supplements. 

MEDLINE/PubMed Database
MEDLINE database is widely recognized as the premier source for bibliographic and abstract coverage of biomedical literature. More than 9.5 million records from more than 3,900 journals are indexed, plus selected monographs of congresses and symposia (1976-1981). Abstracts are included for about 67% of the records. 

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Policy and Legislation Database
This database contains federal and state laws/statutes, federal legislative materials, and federal administrative and executive materials, including regulations, institutional policies, and executive orders. 

SUM Search
SUM Search is a unique method of searching for medical evidence by using the Internet. SUM Search combines meta-searching and contingency searching covering complementary therapies. 

TRIP Database
The TRIP Database, produced by National Health Service, UK, searches across 58 sites of high quality medical information. The hyperlink resources provide access to the largest collection of “evidence-based” material on the web as well as articles from premier on-line journals.

Internet Resources

Alternative Medicine Homepage
The site provides resources on databases, Internet resources, government resources, Pennsylvania resources, and other related resources. These resources, prepared by several medical librarians at the library of the Health Science at the University of Pittsburgh, could be a one-stop Internet resources center in CAM with a wide range of related links on many aspects of CAM.

A comprehensive online database of acupuncture providers, photos, resources, advice, and decision support tools.

Acupuncture Today
Very popular acupuncture-related news and resources, including the listing of all acupuncture schools in U.S. with their general information.

Good place to look acupuncture information and jobs. All state acupuncture law and general status are listed too. 

CAMline is an evidence-based website on complementary and alternative medicine for healthcare professionals and the public. “Case report,” “natural health medicine,” and “CAM therapies” are very helpful for professionals and public.

The Cochrane Consumer Network's site contains a range of healthcare information and
information to help people understand healthcare research. It is also a resource for consumers and others who want to become involved in the collaboration or other healthresearch activities. In addition the Consumer Network contains over 28 consumer Summaries of Cochrane reviews in CAM.

Supported by National Institute of Health, the Directory of Health Organizations is helpful to look health organizations and medical schools. Allows keyword search.

Healthfinder provides consumer health information resources produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from over 1,700 government agencies and nonprofit organizations. 

Health WWWeb
It has many useful sites which are slotted into six categories: Health Info & Tools, Resource Guide, Health Links, News & Events, Professional Resources, and Professional Forum. Covers topics from acupuncture and Oriental medicine to women's health, including the well-known IBIS (Integrative BodyMind Information System) database.

The site contains directory links to 8,000 journals within 80 medical and bioscience specialties, the home pages of 7,000 medical and bioscience associations, and links to over 2,000 pharmaceutical companies. Other research tools include medical glossaries and dictionaries, disease databases, clinical trials, medical guidelines, education and training, and medical journal full-text articles and abstracts.

National Health Information Center (NHIC)
It provides a central health information referral service for consumers and professionals using a database of more than 1,700 national associations, government agencies, and other organizations.

Organizing Medical Networked Information
OMNI (Organizing Medical Networked Information) is a gateway to evaluated, quality Internet resources in health and medicine, aimed at students, researchers, academics, and practitioners in the health and medical sciences.

Ricky Mountain Herbal Institute 
This site offers informative articles on Chinese herbology, clinical reports and healthcare politics, plus free access to the TCM HerbLibrary, a database of over 220 herbs of the Chinese material medica. Extensive links to databases and directories of herbal and health resources, practitioner referrals, TCM links, discussion groups, and book distributors.

TCM Online 
This site is designed for Chinese Traditional Medicine professionals. It contains about 68,000 records along with forum, databases and BBS. Most part of information is in Chinese and fee-based service applies.

 Leading CAM Research Center Resources

Leading medical school or medical organizations provide valuable information for public or professionals. Medical schools listed below have established CAM research or a medical center and conduct research and education as field leaders. Check the resources provided by these field leaders and bookmark them based on your interest to build your own information bank. 

Rosenthal Center for Alternative/Complementary Medicine 
at Columbia University

It provides access to referral organizations; others offer links to extensive online resources on topics including botanical medicine and pain management. You'll find research databases, publications and cancer education, the primary resources available for review.

The Center for Integrative Medicine (CFIM) at 
University of Maryland School of Medicine
It is a leading international center for research, patient care, education and training. Search this site, you can find information on integration of evidence-based complementary medical therapies and approaches into patient care.

Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School
The Osher Institute is nationally and internationally recognized for its contributions in Complementary and Alternative Medical (CAM) therapies. “Archive Trails” provides latest trail on acupuncture research. Resources compiled by the center are very helpful too.  

Center for Alternative Medicine at University of Texas
CIMER provides educational resources regarding the current understanding of complementary medicine and assist in the integration of these medicines and therapies with conventional treatments. It provides evidence-based information to improve the lives of patients who choose to use these therapies under the direction of informed physicians.

Duke Medical Center for Integrative Medicine at Duke University
Center for Integrative Medicine at Duke University is a world-class integrative medicine research and practice center. The center is one of the leading CAM research universities funded by NIH.

Program in Integrative Medicine at University of Arizona
The program was awarded the National Institutes of Health NCCAM Pediatric Center Grant. The field leader in integrative medicine Dr. Andrew Weil has contributed to the program. 

Center for Research in Disease Prevention at Stanford University
The center has a wide range of research projects and focuses on the topic of successful aging. 

Center for Integrative Medicine at University of Wisconsin 
This website provides an extensive network of resources (links), which may further quality and collaboration in integrative medicine, health promotion, somatics, and health consulting.

Bastyr University
One of NIH sponsored CAM research universities in the nation. It provides related resources on CAM research and education.