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These links include information on "The Complete German Commission E  Monographs: Therapeutic Guide To Herbal Medicines" and the US Pharmacopoeia, both of which are exhaustive sources of authoritative information. For those who seek to substantiate the clinical use of dietary supplements, a wealth of information is available here. Only recently translated into English, The Complete German Commission E Monographs are notable for the comprehensive information they provide.

American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP)

From their website: "The primary goal of the AHP is to produce authoritative herbal monographs containing accurate, critically reviewed information on botanicals which can provide guidance in the appropriate use of herbal therapeutics."  An excerpt from their monograph on St. John's wort is on the website.  Several monographs are currently finished and available for purchase.  Others are in development.  Their goal is to develop comprehensive monographs for 300 specific botanicals.

The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines

This document, which contains 380 monographs now translated into English, can be purchased through the American Botanical Council website (same link as above), or through our own bookstore.

United States Pharmacopoeia (USP)

The U.S. Pharmacopoeia establishes standards for nutritional supplements, botanical preparations, and excipients — as well as for drugs and medical devices.  From their website: "These standards are published in the United States Pharmacopoeia and the National Formulary (USP-NF).  USP standards are reviewed by hundreds of health care professionals prior to publication and are enforceable by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration."  The USP is a private nonprofit organization, established in 1820.  We recommend searching for "supplement" or "monograph" or the particular substance you want to know about.



Other Links:

Consumer empowerment:

Information about specific supplements

Consumer publications & information

Consumer advocacy groups

Healthcare practitioners and alternative medicine

Suppliers of high-quality supplements

Sources of research information:

General scientific research information

Databases of scientific literature


NCCAM research on specific health issues

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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