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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

These resources lead to a variety of information about various complementary and alternative therapies.

Key Resource

This Center is the lead U.S. agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine. Included are research findings on specific topics, uses and side effects of herbs and botanicals, and tips on determining what is safe and effective.

Research Databases

This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It covers both scholarly and popular resources, with peer-reviewed materials comprising about 25%. It is possible to limit to scholarly journals only if desired.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) partnered to create this database, which is a subset of PubMed providing research-based information on treatments and conditions.
Sample searches and PubMed Help.
"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."
Natural & Alternative Treatments
This database provides accurate, unbiased information on natural health, including herbs and supplements; conditions; drug interactions; alternative therapies; and homeopathy. These articles are entirely based on double-blind, placebo-controlled studies and other forms of meaningful scientific evidence. The more than 12,000 studies have been reviewed by a team of physicians and pharmacologists to insure the provision of reliable information without exaggeration or misrepresentation.

Journals Related to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

The best approach to find articles on specific topics within CAM is to use one of the resources listed in the "Research Databases" section. To browse journals that focus on this area, you could use the Journal Finder (linked on the Libraries' homepage in the Research box). Under "Find", use the pull-down menu and select "Title contains all words".  Then put in select phrases, such as "complementary medicine" or "alternative medicine". The tool will generate the list of all journal titles that contain these words and provide a link to connect to them to allow for browsing.

Online Reference Books

Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine: Old World and New World Traditions
This reference work provides information on folk medicine traditions from Britain, Ireland, and North America. Each entry includes bibliographical sources.
Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
This 4-volume, online reference tool provides more than 800 full-length articles on complementary therapies, herbs and remedies, and common medical diseases and conditions. Experts defined the scope of coverage and reviewed entries for accuracy and accessibility.

Books Available through KentLINK

Remember to search KentLINK and the OhioLINK Catalog for books available at Kent State and elsewhere in the State. Here are some examples of books on CAM available through KentLINK; you can also search by specific type of therapy.

American Cancer Society complete guide to complementary & alternative cancer therapies (2nd ed.). (2009). Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society. (MAIN RC271.A62 A46 2009)

Institute of Medicine (U. S.). Committee on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public. (2004). Complementary and alternative medicine in the United States. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. (MAIN R733.I5633 2004)

Field, T., & American Psychological Association (Eds.). (2009). Complementary and alternative therapies research (1st ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Fontanarosa, P. B. (Ed.). (2000). Alternative medicine: An objective assessment. Chicago, IL: American Medical Association. (MAIN Reference Collection, R733.A459 2000)

Johnston, R. D. (Ed.). (2004). The politics of healing : Histories of alternative medicine in twentieth-century North America. New York: Routledge.

WHO global atlas of traditional, complementary, and alternative medicine. (2005). 2 vols. Kobe, Japan: World Health Organization Centre for Health Development. (MAIN Reference Collection, R733.W4875 2005).

Web Site Guides

This page links to a variety of types of resources for health consumers that have been reviewed and selected by staff of the National Library of Medicine.
Discussion of alternative medical systems, methods, and treatments that may benefit cancer patients. Guidelines for making informed decisions regarding complementary and alternative medicine.
"Quackwatch is a nonprofit company formed by Dr. Stephen Barrett to expose health-related 'frauds, myths, fads and fallacies'. Well-researched, up-to-date, authoritative information on a wide range of practices and medical advertising deemed questionable or obvious 'quackery.' "

Evidence-Based Practice Resources

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine provides this site to provide health care providers research results and clinical practice guidelines relating to complementary and alternative medicine practices.
Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library is comprised of several databases that identify research at varying levels of evidence. The databases are: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE), the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, the Cochrane Methodology Register, Health Technology Assessment Database, NHS Economic Evaluation Database.
"The National Guideline Clearinghouse� (NGC�) is a comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services....The NGC mission is to provide physicians, nurses, and other health professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation and use."
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