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Drug Information: Natural Medicine Resources

Drug information resources

Search terms for Purdue Catalog - Herbal Medicine

Search terms include:

Herbs, therapeutic use
Medicine, herbal
Plants, medicinal

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

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.

Link to Facts and Comparisons from on-campus.       
Link to Facts and Comparisons from off-campus.


Lexi-Comp contains Natural Products Index, which presents the same information as Facts and Comparison's Review of Natural Products. 

Link to Lexi-Comp.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

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

MeSH terms for herbal medicine in PubMed

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:

Complementary therapies
Drugs, Chinese herbal
Herbal medicines
Herb-drug interactions

and individual substance names such as:

Black cohosh
Gingko biloba
Green Tea
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.