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Nutrient Information Statements (American Society for Nutritional Sciences)
Scientific data on 41 vitamins, minerals and nutrients prepared by nutrition research experts based on peer-reviewed scientific reports. Includes functions, deficiencies, clinical uses, food sources, toxicity, and recent research.

Vitamin Update
Another source for detailed information on over 40 nutrients based on research by an Australian author. Includes therapeutic and toxic effects, interactions, cautions, sources and other useful information.

Herbs, Botanicals

University of Washington Medicinal Herb Garden
A resource for herbalists, medics, and botanists of all levels. This hypertext exhibit consists of more than 100 medium-resolution images.

Southwest School of Botanical Medicine
Includes compilations of information on Plant Constituents, a collection of Research Abstracts on various plants, and downloadable classic Eclectic works, including copies of Ellingwood's Therapeutist, and the full text of the botanicals listed in Felter's The Eclectic Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Plant photos, drawings, downloadable educational materials and information on Michael Moore's classes.

Medical Herbalism
Site by Medical Herbalism, a quarterly journal of clinical herbalism. Provides links to medical information and to resources relevant to medicinal herbs or herbalism practiced in a clinical setting, regardless of the medical tradition.

UK Health Centre - Herb Monographs
A series of monographs on herbs and their uses in phytotherapy (39 at last count)

Herb-Drugs from Rinfocan
A listing of fifty medicinal herbs by common name, from a Canadian pharmaceutical site.

USDA-ARS Phytochemical Database
Search ARS phytochemical database by plant, chemical, activity. or ethnobiotanical use. Search ARS phytochemical and ethnobiotanical databases by common plant name or scientific name. Accepts partial plant names. Returns extensive constituent information in a variety of formats. Full format gives constituent, all the known actions of that constituent, and references for each citation.

AGIS PhytochemDB
Similar information to the ARS database above. Different search method and output. Best format to get a table of ranges of constituent content. Easiest database if you want to browse a constituent rather than a plant.

Search this USDA agricultural database with over 3 million entries.

MPNADB - Medicinal Plants of Native America Database
Search by common name, genus, or genus a species. Contains North American medicinal plants used in Native American ethnobotany. Detailed species lists. Fully referenced.

American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
The primary goal of the AHP is to produce authoritative monographs containing accurate, critically reviewed information on botanicals which can provide guidance in the appropriate use of herbal therapeutics. The last time we checked, they only had 4 completed and others near completion or in progress. Order individually by herb, contact American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, P.O. Box 5159, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 (phone: 408-461-6317, fax: 408-438-7410, email:

Adverse Effects And Potential Contraindications

Supplements Associated with Illnesses and Injuries
FDA's list of vitamins, herbs and other supplements with potential adverse effects and their possible health hazards.

FDA Special Nutritionals Adverse Event Monitoring System
USDA, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Adverse events (illness or injury) reported to the FDA associated with use of a specific nutritional product, dietary supplement, infant formula, or medical food. This site is designed to identify potential unanticipated or unintended safety problems, but the evidence and circumstances may not be adequate to determine its safety.

Institute for Traditional Medicine
See the cautions about herbs page. Focuses on Chinese herbs. Overviews of some topics are also relevant to western herbs.

Herb-Drugs from Rinfocan
This Canadian Pharmaceutical site includes cautions for about fifty medicinal herbs.

Natural Healthcare Hotline
Have a question? Rather talk to a real person? Call the Natural Healthcare Hotline (303-449-2265, fee charged) to talk to a specialist for information on herbs and health.



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