Marianjoy Library

Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Below is a listing of Complementary & Alternative Medicine Web sites selected by the library staff. They are listed in alphabetical, NOT ranked, order.  Clicking on any of the links below will open the professional site in a new window.
What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine “focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, health care professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. Simply stated, it combines state-of-the-art medical treatments with carefully selected evidence-based complementary therapies.” More

What is Complementary and Alternative Medicine?

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....The list of what is considered to be CAM changes continually, as those therapies that are proven to be safe and effective become adopted into conventional health care and as new approaches to health care emerge." More
Source: NCCAM, National Institutes of Health
MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine

Other Resources

Alternative Medicine
Annotated directory of sources for consumers. Topics include diseases, herbal medicines, and nutrition.


Developed and monitored by alternative medicine practitioners, this Web site provides comprehensive information about alternative treatments for conditions such as arthritis, cancer, depression, and menopause.


Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc.
The Alternative Medicine Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization providing reliable information about alternative medicine to the public and health professionals


Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine
Provides consumers and professionals evidence-based information on the integration of alternative and conventional medicine.


It is an evidence-based information resource provided by the nonprofit Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc. which allows free access to over 40 herbs.


Mayo Clinics Alternative and Complementary Medicine Center
Provides information on alternative medicine, alternative health care and complementary medicine.

Natural Standard
Founded by clinicians and researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Natural Standard© provides quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies and includes contributors from more than 100 eminent academic institutions world-wide.


National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is 1 of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NCCAM is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices, training researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals. It is a searchable database of journal citations on complementary and alternative medicine. 

Rakel: Integrative Medicine, 2nd ed

This manual provides information to safely and effectively integrate complementary and alternative treatment modalities into clinical practice. It presents integrative treatments for a full range of diseases and conditions, including autism, stroke, chronic fatigue syndrome, and various forms of cancer.


Unconventional Therapies: BC Cancer Agency
Unconventional Therapies, 3rd and 4th Editions.  These monographs are designed to provide objective information for patients and their families, relating to alternative and complementary therapies for cancer.  Most of the information consists of direct quotations from the medical, peer-reviewed book and journal literature 


WholeHealth MD was founded to provide consumers with professional guidance on the many benefits of integrative medicine. Check out the Healing Center and Reference Library for specific ailments.

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