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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Index

What it is: The University of Maryland Medical Center’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Index. The UMMC Web site lets visitors search CAM topics by various categories and includes (on the top right side of the page) links to “Ask an Expert” as well as other general health resources.

Where it is:

What you’ll find there:  A LOT! A menu of topics on the left offers an amazing array of information including Condition, Depletion, Herb, Supplement Treatment, Condition Symptoms, Supplement Interactions, and more. Click one of the listed topics and the content box on the right side of the page provides links to further details.

For example, if you click the topic “Supplement Interaction,” the adjacent box shows you a list selection of supplements such as Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Betain, Carnitine, Coenzyme Q10, Quercetin, Red Yeast Rice, Vanadium, Vitamin K, and so on. Click on the supplement you’re interested in and the site will tell you what about any potential interactions such as from medications, chemotherapy, hormones, mineral oil, weight loss products, and more.

If you click on the “Conditions” topic, you’ll find information on everything from Acne, Alopecia and Angina to Viral hepatitis, Warts and Wounds.  Click any of the listed conditions and you’ll find information including: 

  • an Introduction explaining the basics about the condition, how many people have it, and so on
  • Signs and Symptoms  
  • What Causes It? (If no one knows the cause, UMMC tells you that and explains what is known)
  • Risk Factors
  • What to Expect at Your Provider’s Office
  • Treatment Options
    • Conventional medicine treatments such as over-the-counter and prescription drugs and surgery and other procedures
    • Complementary and Alternative Therapies such as nutrition, vitamins and other dietary supplements, herbal therapies, homeopathy, etc.
  • Other Considerations such as pregnancy, prognosis and complications. This section also tells you when the information on this page was last reviewed and by whom.
  • Supporting Research, a comprehensive list of medical journal articles and references used in the preparation of this page

They even include a survey section at the bottom of the pages where site visitors can rate how helpful they thought an  article was and add comments if they wish.

Recommendation:  This site is a keeper. Invest a few minutes to browse the site to see what’s there, save it in your Favorite Bookmarks and visit whenever you have an AltMed, medicine, or general health question.

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