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General Scientific Research Information

A variety of sources, ranging from medical research institutes to trade organization sites and private standards-setting organizations are listed here. Health and medical practitioners as well as manufacturers and researchers will find useful resources, including a number of sites representing NIH (National Institute of Health) and privately sponsored research organizations.

Foundation For Innovation In Medicine
www.fimdefelice.org

The Foundation was founded in 1976 by Dr. Stephen L. DeFelice, M.D. to promote research and understanding of the role played by natural substances in both pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements. Dr. Felice coined the term "nutraceutical" as a means of giving identity to natural substances and their importance in human health.

Institute for Nutraceutical Advancement (INA)
www.nsfina.org

Test methods for three raw materials so far: Kavalactones in Piper Methysticum, Flavonol Glycosides in Ginkgo Biloba, and Ginsenosides in Panax Ginseng and American Ginseng.

Medical Herbalism
medherb.com/PURPOSE.HTM

Published since 1989, Medical Herbalism's mission is to "strengthen the herbal practitioner, preserve and develop the science and art of herbal medicine..." Case studies, clinical tips, practice reviews of eclectic approaches and more make up the content of the publication. Of interest to those who seek instruction in herbal medicine and it use, the Medical Herbalism includes a listing of schools of herbal medicine and links to databases, research organizations and other resources for the active herbalist.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at NIH
altmed.od.nih.gov/nccam

The NCCAM began as the Office for Alternative Medicine in 1992, and has since been renamed and expanded.  Its mandate is to evaluate the effectiveness of complementary and alternative medical (CAM) treatment.  The NCCAM has funded eleven specialty research centers that focus on a variety of specific health conditions. See also our page of links to specific NCCAM centers.

National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA)
www.nnfa.org/services/science/index.htm

This page on the NNFA website includes summaries of research about germanium, glucosamine, herbal "phen fen", and kava.

 

   
 

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Sources of research information:

General scientific research information

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Ethnobotanical information (Use of plants by indigenous peoples)

Industry resources:

Trade organizations

Trade publications

Government regulation:

DSHEA: Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act

US government agencies

Codex Alimentarius Commission (UN)

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