Selected CAM Databases
The following databases are available via the World Wide Web. Most of these databases are accessible without a fee, unless otherwise noted. For a more detailed listing of University of Maryland library resources for faculty, staff, and students, please visit the Health Sciences and Human Services Library.
Independent testing laboratory that evaluates consumer products including herbs, vitamins, minerals, and dietary supplements. Please note there is a $24 per year subscription fee for full access.
Facts and Comparisons
Natural product summaries as well as information on effectiveness, adverse reactions, and possible interactions. Users can also access "The Review of Natural Products," a section designed to help users locate detailed information on the history, chemistry, pharmacology, medicinal uses, and toxicology of products, as well as patient information. ( UMB Access: On and off campus)
International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS)
Access to scientific literature on vitamins, minerals and herbs.
Please note: There is a CAM subset, see "PubMed" instructions below.
Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database
This database contains over 1,000 evidence-based monographs on natural medicines. Within the database you can find information on natural product uses, safety, effectiveness, pharmacological actions, adverse reactions, possible interactions, and much more. The database also lets you search topics such as obesity, depression, and influenza to see which natural products are being used as treatments. ( UMB Access: Within the library building for users not affiliated with the School of Pharmacy, on and off campus access for School of Pharmacy students, faculty, and staff.)
Natural Standard provides up-to-date, evidence-based information on herbs and supplements, conditions, alternative medicine modalities, and patient information. Subscription information for their free e-Newsletter is available from their home page. Please note: There is a $99 per year subscription fee for full access to their database.
PubMed (CAM subset)
There is a subset of the Medline database which provides access to CAM citations. (Follow the link and choose LIMITS, then select the Complementary Medicine subset). Citations related to herbs and dietary supplements are not included in this subset and can be searched from the PubMed homepage.
Please Note: If you are searching PubMed from a University of Maryland computer, follow this link to search, as you will then be able to access online materials licensed to the University of Maryland, Baltimore.