Research Guide: Alternative Medicine

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More books and videos about alternative medicine and remedies can be found using the Library's OneSearch.

Journal Articles

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This general database contains articles on alternative medicine controversies, theory, effectiveness, and other related topics.


This database covers the full range of alternative and complimentary medical techniques and theories. It contains a mix of scholarly and popular sources.


This general medical database offers access to thousands of articles on the effectiveness and dangers of alternative medicine and complimentary treatments.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

This psychology database focuses on complimentary treatments such as biofeedback and other topics related to mental health.


Similar to MEDLINE, PubMed is a general medical database and can be used to find additional articles on these topics.

Web Resources


This database offers fast access to scholarly literature on herbal supplements and medications, as well as safety information.

MedlinePlus: Complementary and Alternative Medicine

MedlinePlus is a very useful and very accurate encyclopedia of health topics and directory of online health resources. Their entry on alternative medicine can be used to find objective, research-based information on the effectiveness of alternative medicine and complementary therapies.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This government agency, a sub-section of the National Institutes of Health, provides research-based information on alternative and complementary medicine.

New York Online Access to Health: Alternative Medicine

NOAH maintains this directory of organizations and websites on a wide variety of alternative medicines and complementary therapies.

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