This is the definitive site for acupuncture on the Web. Information is geared toward patients, practitioners and students of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Neighborhood practitioners can be located and the latest news and reviews can be read. Qi Gong and Tui Na can be explored and state laws regarding acupuncture are interpreted.
American Academy of Environmental Medicine
This site is geared toward supporting those in the profession of environmental medicine and recruiting the professional to study environmental medicine. The site provides a definition of environmental medicine and includes a page of links that may be useful to consumers. Other information is only accessible by membership.
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) is the national professional society representing naturopathic physicians who are licensed or eligible for licensing as primary care providers. This is both a consumer and professional site, including a members-only page.
Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP)
This site is directed to the consumer in that it contains very clear, basic information to educate about naturopathic medicine, its history, modalities, philosophy and educational institutions. The mission of this association is to promote naturopathic medicine and the health of Washington citizens. Members of the association can gain access to other elements of the site through a members-only portal.
Bastyr University Research Institute
This is a great place to find summary information about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) studies at the Bastyr University Research Institute. The institute conducts a wide variety of groundbreaking studies on CAM topics, including herbal remedies for immune support, qigong’s effects on health, and the effects of an integrative approach to cancer treatment. The web page includes an overview of current research studies as well as completed and published studies conducted by the institute.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
This site is maintained by the US department of Health and Human Services. It is extensive and covers everything from infectious diseases and outbreaks around the globe to tips on finding and using safe food and water. Information on emergency preparedness for public health threats can be found. Indispensable information for travelers can be found here such as the appropriate preparation needed to travel to various destinations, including special considerations regarding children and pets. Travel preparations for those with special needs are also discussed. Information on vaccinations of all sorts is available here. This is a highly professional site updated regularly.
FDA/Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
This link connects to the resources page. From here the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House and Thomas sites can be accessed. All featured sites are of the highest order of professionalism.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
NCCAM is one of 27 institutes which comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The site details their efforts on CAM research, including current studies, clinical trials and past results. Also provided is general information on treatments and therapies. Funding opportunities can also be found here. Consumers are provided with a good overview of the federal government’s current efforts in the field of CAM.
National Center for Homeopathy (NCH)
Promotes health through homeopathy; offers articles and research, education directory and homeopathic directory listing; publishers of Homeopathy Today.
Natural Choice Directory
This is a useful consumer directory for finding local Northwest practitioners, restaurants, organic farms and related services. It includes a calendar of events that would attract those interested in ecological sustainability, social responsibility and natural lifestyles.
Naturopathic Medicine Network
This is an information site about naturopathic medicine that appeals to consumers. Networking possibilities are many at this site. Its format is a “netzine” style with search options and pieces of interesting news. A person can learn about naturopathic medicine, find a local ND, participate in a round table, investigate classified ads, order health products, conduct a medline search and more. The classifieds are relevant to professionals.
United Plant Savers
This is the homepage of a grass-roots, nonprofit, membership organization whose mission is to protect medicinal plants native to North America and to encourage environmentally responsible cultivation of these same plants to ensure a renewable supply. This is a “must-visit” site for all people interested in herbalism.
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