Can you direct me to information on dietary supplements (including herbal supplements) and alternative medicine?
Many web sites on the Internet related to dietary supplements are maintained by manufacturers and retailers who wish to sell you supplements. Such information may be biased or misleading. While we can direct you to some reliable information on the Internet, keep in mind that it is for information purposes only and does not take the place of personalized advice from a qualified health professional who is familiar with your health situation. We advise that you discuss dietary supplements and alternative medicines with your healthcare provider.
General dietary supplement information:
- Fact Sheets on Vitamins and Minerals
- Fact Sheets on Botanicals
- Overview of Dietary Supplements provides an overview of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its role in dietary supplement labeling.
- Tips for the Savvy Supplement User: Making Informed Decisions and Evaluating Information
- How to Report Adverse Reactions & Medical Product Problems to the FDA links to the Adverse Reactions Monitoring System which FDA maintains to keep track of adverse reactions from dietary supplements.
- MEDLINEplus for Herbal Medicine links to a variety of up-to-date news and background information about herbal supplements.
Alternative Medicine Information:
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Provides information on complementary and alternative medicine to practitioners and the public.
- NCCAM Clearinghouse
An information service to enhance understanding about complementary and alternative medicine research.
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