Web Resources


National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine site on herbs.


Good overall patient handout regarding safe use of supplements. www.naturaldatabase.com

Subscription site offering up-to-date monographs on most popular supplements; lists ingredients for different commercial products and allows search by indication as well. Evidence for efficacy rated when available. www.consumerlab.com

Charges small subscription fee, which is used to support research evaluating whether or not supplements contain the components their labels claim. Findings can often be a concern from a product quality standpoint. www.naturalstandard.com

Subscription site with excellent bibliographic data for various supplements.


Free site, searchable by supplement or drug names and indications. The user can create a list of medications and supplements and check for any interactions between/among products in that list. Useful site to recommend to patients. www.phytotherapies.org

Free site with registration, geared toward herbalists and professionals who prescribe botanicals; numerous monographs on different herbal supplements, as well as current news stories. www.mdanderson.org/departments/CIMER

Well-designed free site by the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Searchable for evidence related to supplements as well as research relating to other complementary and alternative/ integrative medicine modalities. Supplement information is primarily for botanicals. http://ods.od.nih.gov/index.aspx

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements; has a series of well-done monographs, a number of which focus on vitamins and other nonherb supplements.

Herb Research Foundation; site is free but funded by registration fees; has useful news updates. http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/

American Herbalist Guild; click on "Find an Herbalist" to look for guild members to whom referrals could be made. www.naturopathic.org.

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians; click on "Find" at the top of homepage to find "naturopaths" in a particular city or state.


Website for submitting case reports of supplement-related interactions.

All websites accessed November 2009.

Refer also to texts and articles cited in online references for this chapter.

Note that supplement information, particularly for herbs, vitamins, and minerals, is offered now in "mainstream" medical resources and databases, such as UpToDate, MDConsult, Epocrates, MedLine, and the Family Practice Inquiries Network (FPIN).

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