Complementary and Alternative Medicine


CAM Defined

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is defined as "a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine."

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Abstracts cover the evidence about complementary and alternative therapies for consumers and professionals.

MEDLINE (EBSCO)   Sample search strategy for articles on diabetes and complementary therapies:
"complementary therapies" in MM  AND "diabetes" in SU

CINAHL Covers alternative and complementary therapies.

Complementary and Alternative medicine - resources for health consumers that have been reviewed and selected by staff of the National Library of Medicine.

Covers complementary and alternative medicine sources for mental disorders, stress reduction, psychological and behavioral processes, and neuroimmunology.

ScienceDirect Covers complementary therapies in medicine and clinical practice.

SPORTDiscus with Full Text Covers alternative medicine as applied to injury prevention, rehabilitation, and nutrition.

Dietary Supplements

Mayo Clinic: Complementary & Alternative Medicine

An interactive, electronic database of evidence-based scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health.

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National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
White House Commission on Complementary & Alternative Medicine Policy
Native American Ethnobotany "Database of Foods, Drugs, Dyes and Fibers of Native American Peoples, Derived from Plants."
Alternative Health News Online
Website provides links to alternative and conventional health news.
Online Archive of American Folk Medicine


Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine
Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine - Ref. R733 .G34 2001
Encyclopedia of Alternative and Complementary Medicine - Ref. R733 .N38 2004