The Library of Engineering & Science has a core collection of herbal reference works, listed below.
Search terms include:
Herbs, therapeutic use
and individual substances such as:
Search the Books and Media category of the Purdue Libraries catalog for the book titles above or for other titles using the search terms in this box.
Review of Natural Products is a "comprehensive and up-to-date source of referenced, evaluated, factual information about natural products." Review of Natural Products can be found in the Facts and Comparisons database, and includes scientific names, common names, botany or description of source, history, chemistry, pharmacology, interactions, toxicity, summary, patient information, and references for 180+ common natural products.
Lexi-Comp contains Natural Products Index, which presents the same information as Facts and Comparison's Review of Natural Products. (It is not unusual for competing database vendors to purchase and repackage the same information.)
Link to Lexi-Comp.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.
Link to NCCIH
PubMed is an important access point for primary literature about herbal medicines. Use the MeSH headings below as a starting point for a PubMed search.
MeSH terms for herbal medicines include:
Drugs, Chinese herbal
and individual substance names such as:
St. John's wort
You can access PubMed from the database list on the Purdue Libraries' home page, or click on the link below. Either path will give you access to full text articles from Purdue's collection as well as free articles available on PubMed.