Herbal Supplements

Hand with herbal ingredients Botanical Dietary Supplements: Background Information

DHHS. NIH. Office of Dietary Supplements.

Provides information on botanicals as dietary supplements, including definitions, information on regulations, claims, labels, health benefits and safety.


Herbal Supplements: Consider Safety, Too (PDF | 195 KB)

DHHS. NIH. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Fact sheet with points to consider for safety if using, or thinking about using, herbs for health purposes. It does not discuss whether herbs work for specific diseases and conditions.


Botanical Supplement Fact Sheets

DHHS. NIH. Office of Dietary Supplements.

Fact sheets on botanicals and herbals that review functions, food sources, recommendations on intake and other practical information.


Herbs at a Glance

DHHS. NIH. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

A series of fact sheets that provides basic information about specific herbs or botanicals--common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information.


MedlinePlus: Herbal Medicine

DHHS. NIH. Medline Plus Health Information.

Contains quality health care information on herbs and herbal medicine.


MedlinePlus: All Herbs and Supplements

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

Includes information on over 100 herbs and supplements from Natural Standard. Each monograph contains evidence-based, peer-reviewed data, and many contain illustrations.


National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine logo National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

DHHS. NIH. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Links to information on health, research, clinical trials, training and the latest news and events.


Herbal Information - FNIC

USDA. ARS. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Provides links to credible and accurate information and resources on herbals and botanicals used as dietary supplements.


St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) and the Treatment of Depression

DHHS. NIH. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Fact sheet on the use of St. John's wort for depression. Also in PDF |420 KB.


Questions and Answers About Milk Thistle

DHHS. NIH. National Cancer Institute.

Overviews use, including history, results of clinical trials, and possible side effects of milk thistle.


Garlic and Cancer Prevention: Fact Sheet

DHHS. NIH. National Cancer Institute.

Background information on garlic and its possible health benefits and roles in preventing cancer.


Do CAM Therapies Help Menopausal Symptoms?

DHHS. NIH. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Fact sheet based on findings from a 2005 National Institutes of Health (NIH) State-of-the-Science (SoS) conference on the management of menopause-related symptoms.


Questions and Answers About Mistletoe

DHHS. NIH. National Cancer Institute.

Overviews use of mistletoe, including history, results of clinical trials, and possible side effects.


Ephedra Backgrounder

DHHS. NIH. Office of Dietary Supplements.

Find links to reports about health risks and FDA prohibition on ephedra-containing supplements. Includes review of effectiveness and safety of ephedra and ephedrine alkaloids for weight loss or enhanced athletic performance.