Links and Third Party information

General Herbal Research and Informational Sites

Michael Moore - SW School of Botanical Medicine.- Educational, Informative and Professional.  This site is full with good articles and photgraphs.  Take the time to bookmark this site.  5 star information.

Title : Holistic Alternative Medicine
Description :  Center for Health and Healing: A professional natural holistic health healing center offers natural medicine, alternative medicine, hormone therapy, natural hormone  replacement and naturopathic health care services in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Subhuti Dharmananda and the Institute of Traditional Medicine -High caliber articles on Chinese medicine.  One must read, is Drug interaction.  

Traditional Chinese & Western Herbal Medicine in Humans & Animals
Very full site, some links are dead, but others are excellent.

Self Improvement from

URL of website is: is the most complete guide to information about Self Improvement on the Internet.
Title: Menopause  
Description: Doctor recommended herbal alternatives for prescription medication. 

Dr. James Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases - Scientific information on botanicals.   It's all here on Jim Duke's database.

Health World Online - Covers several different issues. Review their online Herbal Materia Medica.

Rosacea, Body Acne and Anti Aging Skin Care
Reverta offers all-natural skin care including treatment of rosacea, body acne and the effects of aging upon the skin.

Chinese Herbal Tea
Herbal Tea website introduce some Chinese tea that contain no calories, caffeine and are alcohol free.

Backyard Herbalist  A nice site that covers all sorts of topic such as cooking, cleaning, gardening.

Steven Foster Group, Inc. - Steven is a renowned herbalist and author.  This site features his stunning herb photography services.  Photographer Martin Wall is also represented by this group.

American Herbal Pharmacopoeia - Roy Upton's inspiring effort to bring the state of herbal monographs on planet Earth to a much higher caliber.  Herbal medicines have provided the world's populations, including Americans, with safe, effective and low cost medicines for centuries.

Diabetes Medicine Info
'Diabetes Heal portal' 
Diabetes is a disorder that affects the way your body uses food for energy. Normally, the sugar you take in is digested and broken down to a simple sugar, known as glucose. The glucose then circulates in your blood where it waits to enter cells to be used as fuel... Read More

The Wikipedia page on Herbs and Herbal medicine

Herbasin Herbal Data Base in English and Chinese Easy to read and sorted

Herb Reference Loads of information including Common Health ailments

Nail Abnormalities: Pictures and information on what nail abnormalities

Tongue Diagnosis:  Check out these pictures, and what our tongues say about our bodies

Online Pet Shop


Description: Pet Club UK offer a wide range of pet supplies and

products for a variety of different animals. 

Circle of Healers- Where holistic healers meet...discussion forums, daily health journal, articles, a practitioners directory and more!

Directory World   sources

Internet Resources

AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access): access to bibliographic data on how to grow herbs and medicinal plants and includes references from The Herb Research Foundations' HerbalGram
Great for resource for research.

The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia: produce authoritative herbal monographs containing accurate, critically reviewed information on botanicals which can provide guidance in the appropriate use of herbal therapeutics"

American Herbal Products Association: promotes the responsible commerce of products which contain herbs. Timely news from the Association, keeping you informed of important developments.

American Herbalists Guild
:  primary goal is to promote a high level of professionalism and education in the study and practice of therapeutic herbalism.  "only peer-review organization for professional herbalists specializing in the medicinal use of plants"

Associations-International and United States, HerbNET: A directory which lists many of the associations and organizations

Botanical Medicine Information Resources: Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine,  links to virtual gardens, legal information, databases, journals, mailing lists, regulatory information

British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA) BRITISH HERBAL COMPENDIUM Volume 2
A handbook of scientific information on widely used plant drugs
  This new volume of the Compendium, written by Peter Bradley, former Chairman of the ESCOP Scientific Committee, is the most ambitious work ever published by the BHMA. In a concise and readable style the monographs summarize and review the evidence base for many important phytomedicines, providing up-to-date information of interest to everyone in the field.

Chinese Herbal Sciences
, Education and Research.   Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute (RMHI)  Their mission:  To identify the best quality health and nutrition products through independent testing.  independent testing of herbs and health & nutrition products for purity, potency, bio-availability, and consistency and gives an approved quality seal

Creating an Herbal Apothecary: An Implementation Guide:  Reports from the publishers of Strategic Health Care Marketing

Ethnobotanical Resource Directory:  The Ethnobotanical Resource Directory is a collection of more than 150 links which are divided into 12 areas.  links to "information on useful plants (food, medicine, material for textiles, etc.) and harmful plants (plant pathology, poisonous plants, weeds)", Anthony R. Torkelson, Ph. D., Research Scientist, Department of Pharmacokinetics, Bioanalytical, and Radiochemistry, G.D. Searle Research and Development: "information on the use of herbs and other natural products in biochemistry, pharmacology, and traditional medicine"

European Herbal Practitioners Association

Representing Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Across Europe

Flower Essence Society: Interesting reading on promoting plant research and empirical clinical research on the therapeutic effects of flower essences"

Herb Research Foundation: Power packed with all sorts of information.  This nonprofit research and educational organization focusing on herbs and medicinal plants. Publishes HerbalGram and maintains Herb World News Online includes research reviews and world, science, industry and political news

Herbal Medicine, Medlineplus, National Library of Medicine

HerbDotCom: Home of the Professional Herbalists Discussion List

HerbMed™ - " herbal database – provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers and general public, project of the Alternative Medicine Foundation"

Longwood Herbal Task Force: The Herbs and Supplements monographs and clinician information from Children's Hospital, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Massachusetts,  A Clinical Journal for the Herbal Practitioner: great links and resources

Medicinal Herb Garden at the University of Washington, Seattle, a resource of images for herbalists, medics, and botanists at all levels.

Medicinal and Poisonous Plant Databases, Michael C. Tims: taxonomy, biochemistry and uses

Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center New York, New York: Information Resource: About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products: "objective information for oncologists and healthcare professionals, including a clinical summary for each agent and details about constituents, adverse effects, interactions, and potential benefits or problems"

A Mini-Course in MEDICAL BOTANY SYLLABUS , James A. Duke, Ethnobotanist
Learn about Medical Botany

The Mycological Society of America: "the study of fungi including mushrooms, truffles, yeasts, lichens, plant pathogens and medically important fungi"

National Nutritional Foods Association: "represents the interests of some 3,000 retailers and 1,000 manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of health foods, dietary supplements, natural ingredient cosmetics and other natural products": maintains "industry's only self-regulatory testing program, which fosters quality assurance"

New York Botanical Garden: Gardening Classes, as well as Botanical Art.   Continuing Education: offers a variety of classes on herbs and medicinal plant research free service to individuals registering with the site,  Access to Herbal data base. Which is easy to use. "sponsored by Herbwork Corporation, an Australian company dedicated to ensuring that practitioners are supplied not only with high quality herbal medicine, but also clinically relevant, scientifically validated technical information, and Phytomedicine, manufacturer quality herbal extracts for practitioners." Even though it is a commercial service the herbal monograph database contains indications, actions, constituents, studies & articles.

St. John's Wort, National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The Society for Economic Botany: News, Newsletter,  publications, and articles. established to "encourage scientific research in the past, present and future uses of plants"

Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences: Absolutely fascinating information. leading organization in drug discovery in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)

Southwest School of Botanical Medicine Home Page: Albuquerque, New Mexico: links to herb resources, medicinal plant images, botanical and medical glossary and information on this school.

Spices Exotic Flavors and Medicines, Spices Spices, and more Spices!   History and Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library: descriptions, history, medicinal properties, and historical view of individual spices

Tang Center for Herbal Medicine Research,  The recent discoveries section is of great interest. University of Chicago: investigate efficacy and safety of medicinal herbs and other dietary supplements supported by world-wide collaborations"

Data Bases

Databases: Alternative Medicine Resources
Please note, several of these will require passwords

CRISP (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects)  A little difficult to navigate because of its size, but well worth the effort.   database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions. These projects are funded by theNational Institutes of Health (NIH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Office of Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH) locate current information on disease treatment at particular institution or by a disease, drug, modality, therapy or procedure. Search by letter.

Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases, Specific Queries of the Phytochemical Database

Directory of Databases, Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York : "compilation of established sources in the USA, Eur ope and Asia, designed to facilitate research by both professionals and the public. This may be clinical, biomedical, review, meta-analytical or survey research. The listing is hyperlinked to existing Web sites where available, or to brief information on the resource, such as: how to obtain further details; type of literature covered; size of the holding; and mode of access"

EMBASE : an international database to citations covering the biomedical, pharmacological and drug literature. Detailed description can be found at the EMBASE home page

HerbMed™ - " herbal database – provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers and general public, project of the Alternative Medicine Foundation"

The Hom-Inform Database of indexed literature references in homoeopathy.

Index to Chiropractic Literature: bibliographic citations produced by "the Chiropractic Library Consortium (CLIBCON: a group of health science librarians working in chiropractic colleges throughout the world whose goal is to improve access to the chiropractic literature"

The International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) database:
To notch data base. 5 Star rating    "produced by the Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health, in conjunction with the Food and Nutrition Information Center, National Agricultural Library, United States Department of Agriculture. IBIDS contains bibliographic records, including abstracts published in international scientific journals on the topic of dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, herbal and botanical supplements. The general public, scientists, researchers, and other interested parties will be able to search the database using keywords to obtain the citations of research journal articles."

NAPRALERT, NAtural PRoducts ALERT from STN International: contains bibliographic and factual data on natural products, including information on the pharmacology,biological activity, taxonomic distribution, ethno-medicine and chemistry of plant, microbial, and animal (including marine)extracts. In addition, the file contains data on the chemistry and pharmacology of secondary metabolites that are derived from natural sources and that have known structure. The NAPRALERT File contains more than 100,000 records from 1650 to the present. Approximately 50% of the file is from systematic survey of the literature from 1975 to the present. The remaining records were obtained by selective retrospective indexing dating back to 1650.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Native American Ethnobotany Database , Dan Moerman, Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan-Dearborn: "foods, drugs, dyes, fibers and other uses of plants (a total of over 47,000 items). This represents uses by 291 Native American groups of 3,895 species from 243 different plant families."

Natural Standard, "an international research collaboration synthesizes data on complementary and alternative therapies. Using a comprehensive methodology and reproducible grading scales, information is created that is evidence-based, consensus-based, and peer-reviewed, tapping into the collective expertise of a multidisciplinary Editorial Board". Register and subscription required to use. Information arranged by herbs and supplements, conditions and alternative modalities.

Online Archive of American Folk MedicineSuper simple to use. "For more than fifty years, folklorists associated with the University of California, Los Angeles have systematically documented beliefs and practices relating to folk medicine and alternative healthcare. In order to make the data more readily available to the worldwide community of researchers and medical practitioners, this Archive was established in 1996 under the direction of Dr. Michael Owen Jones, a professor of folklore and history at UCLA.

Patent Database, United States Patent and Trademark Office: tool to locate registered patents in complementary and alternative medicine free service to individuals registering with the site, "sponsored by Herbworx Corporation, an Australian company dedicated to ensuring that practitioners are supplied not only with high quality herbal medicine, but also clinically relevant, scientifically validated technical information, and Phytomedicine, manufacturer quality herbal extracts for practitioners." Even though it is a commercial service the herbal monograph database contains indications, actions, constituents, studies & articles.

Poisonous Plant Database , FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs.   United States Food & Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition, Office of Plant and Dairy Foods and Beverages

 The Special Nutritionals Adverse Event Monitoring System , United States Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition, Office of Special Nutritionals: database of adverse effects from the use of a special nutritional products: dietary supplements, infant formulas and medical foods" reported to this agency by the health professional or consumer Note: This database/website has been removed. Read the information at Adverse Event Reporting Dietary Supplements, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Food & Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition

Education Links - Learning about Herbs

California School of Herbal Studies
PO BOX 39, Forestville, CA 95436
(707) 887-7457

National College of Natural Medicine
049 SW Porter St

Portland, OR 97201
(503) 499-0027

The Columbine School of Botanical Studies

Howie Brounstein

PO BOX 50532, Eugene, OR 97405

(541) 687-7114

North American Institute of Medical Herbalism

(Correspondence Courses Available)
Paul Bergner
PO Box 20512
Boulder, CO 80308
(303) 541-9552

Down to Earth Workshops

Donna D'Terra

PO BOX 382, Willits, CA 95490

(707) 459-5030

The Northwest School for Botanical Studies

Christa Sinadinos

Post Office Box 4543

Arcata, CA 95518


East West School of Herbology

(Correspondence Courses Available)

Michael and Leslie Tierra

BOX 275, Ben Lomond, CA 95005

(800) 717-5010
5 Star rating

School of Natural Healing

(Correspondence Courses Available)

PO Box 412

Springville, UT 84663

(800) 372-8255

Foundations of Herbalism

(Correspondence Courses Available)

Christopher Hobbs

35170 Lillian Drive

Philomath, OR 97370

(541) 929-5307

Sierra Institute of Herbal Studies
Dodie Harte
PO BOX 426, Big Oak Flat, CA 95305
(209) 962-7425


Global College of Natural Medicine

(Correspondence Courses Available)

250 Natural Bridges Drive

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 458-4196

Australasian College of Health Sciences
5940 SW Hood Ave, Portland, OR 97239
(800) 487-8839

Fax- (503) 244-0727


Herbal Transitions

Sharol Tilgner

PO Box 523

Pleasant Hill, OR 97455

Living Awareness Institute
Kami McBride

PO Box 5381
Vacaville, CA 95695
(707) 446-1290


Clayton College of Natural Health

2140 11th Avenue South Suite 305

Birmingham, AL 35205
(800) 995–4590

Northeast School of Botanical Medicine

PO Box 6626

Ithaca, NY 14851
(607) 539-7172

Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine
PO Box 213

Asheville, NC 28802
(828) 275-6221

Sacred Plant Traditions Center for Herbal Studies
Kathleen Maier
PO Box 1313

Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 295-3820

Heart of Herbs

(Correspondence Courses Available)

Demetria Clark

48 Commonwealth Ave, Springfield, VT 05156

(866) 303-HERB

Sage Mountain
(Correspondence Courses Available)
Rosemary Gladstar
PO BOX 420, East Barre VT 05649
(802) 479-9825

Mountain Spirit School of Herbalism

(at the North Carolina School of Natural Healing)

Michelle Middleton
1054 Riverside Drive

Asheville, NC 28804
(866) 446-2764

Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts

7750 Montpelier Road

Laurel, MD 20723

(800) 735-2968

The North Carolina School of Holistic Herbalism

2 Westwood Place

Asheville, NC 28806

(828) 350-1221

Wise Woman Center

(Correspondence Courses Available)

Susun Weed

PO BOX 64, Woodstock, NY 12498

(845) 246-8081


Industry Related Organizations

ABC - American Botanical Council

HRF - The Herb Research Foundation

National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA)

CRN - Council for Responsible Nutrition

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

NPI Center - Natural Products Industry Center, informative industry news website..

Nutra USA - Novis Nutraingredients News and Information Website for the USA

Medscape Comprehensive Allopathic Medicine site with Medline searches and more.

Pub Med Also through the National Library of Medicine

Industry Magazines and Journals

Virgo Publishing - Trade magazines and Supply Side industry trade shows.

Health Supplement Retailer Magazine  - Virgo's retailer trade magazine - Virgo Communication's online ingredient buyer's guide

Delicious Living Magazine  - New Hope Natural Media's consumer magazine

Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients - An alternative medicine publication

Whole Foods Magazine

Nutritional Outlook Magazine

Nutraceuticals World Magazine - Rodman Publishing's industry trade magazine, targeting nutraceutical products manufacturers.