Sloan-Kettering Integrative Medicine

By AltMed1-Peggy  

Sloan-Kettering Integrative Medicine

What it is:  the Web site for the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The Service was established in 1999 “to complement mainstream medical care and address the emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients and families.” 

Where it is

What you’ll find there:  Many excellent resources on alternative medicine.

Most useful: the “About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products” searchable database of information on herbs, vitamins and other supplements. Entries range from from “714-X” and “Acai Berry” to “Zyflamed” and “Zymactive.” The database is divided into two parts. Click one tab to see the healthcare professionals version; the other to read the consumer version which is written in layman-friendly language, with each report broken down into sections that explain how the herb or supplement works, what it is used for, what the evidence from research says about the supplement, cautions (“Do Not Take If”), side effects, and special points.  At the end, you’ll find each entry includes a line noting when the entry was last updated so you’ll know how current the information is.

The Integrative Medicine site also includes a selection of clear, understandable videos clips in which Sloan-Kettering doctors explain four topics:  acupuncture (15 minutes), herbs and other botanicals (30 minutes), complementary therapies, and introduction to integrative medicine (3 minutes).

Recommendation:  Bookmark this site. The database is a must-check stop for anyone who is planning to try a new supplement or who needs the latest update on something you’ve been taking for a while.


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