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Holistic Health Studies Research Guide
This guide highlights sources and tools useful for MAHS students.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is the federal government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and integrative health approaches. Their mission is to "define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health interventions and their roles in improving health and health care." This agency was formerly known as NCCAM.
PubMed has two subject filters for CAM topics: Dietary Supplements, and Complementary Medicine. MeSH headings include Complementary Therapies and Plants, Medicinal. (For other subject headings, search on Complementary Therapies in the MeSH database). These searches work best in combination with a particular condition and either the subject filter or MeSH heading. Since articles are indexed to the most specific topic, try using the name of a specific herb, dietary supplement or healing modality.
This site is an extension of the National Library of Medicine's database and provides information on alternative medical therapies, clinical trials, research, laws and policies, organizations, and publications.
The Cochrane CAM Field is a group of international researchers who compile systematic reviews of clinical trials in a variety of CAM modalities. It is administered, in part, by the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. Links to consumer summaries, in plain language, are particularly useful. There is a list of Cochrane CAM reviews, but no links.
"The Bravewell Collaborative pursues its mission through supporting the growth of a dynamic community of committed and informed philanthropists that is organized to study integrative medicine, identify and fund key initiatives that advance that field, and collaborate with other organizations pursuing similar missions in a scientifically rigorous and responsible manner." (Closed June 2015)