The link sections below reflect Meridian's
focus and interest. All sites have been reviewed and chosen by
Meridian to be most likely helpful to our patients; your suggestions
and feedback are welcome.
General Alternative Medicine Links
Herb Research Foundation
Nonprofit organization dedicated to researching and providing
scientific and proven information on the safety and health benefits of
botanicals, particularly Chinese herbal medicine. Emphasis is on
making herbal medicine information available for scientists,
complementary and conventional doctors, legislators, the herb industry
and the public.
This informative site by Dr. Stephen Barrett provides
comprehensive nutritional information about nutrition and food safety.
In also contains analysis of health claims made by nutrition-related
products emphasizing warnings against illegal or inappropriate claims.
National Center for Complementary and
Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
This is a factual and reliable site maintained by one of the centers
of the National Institutes of Health, specifically to promote and
disseminate information regarding complementary medicine. Particularly
useful is its two bibliographic databases of CAM information evaluated
and selected by the NCCAM for dissemination to the public via the
CAM Citation Index ; as such,
NCCAM's CAM Citation Index provides bibliographic citations of more
than 180,000 journal articles describing CAM research studies and
their results. This database includes biomedical research information
that also is found in the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE
database. While MEDLINE covers a wide range of biomedical topics, the
CAM Citation Index focus specifically on topics of interest to CAM
stakeholders. AM Database of
CHID; through its Public Information Clearinghouse,
the NCCAM maintains the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (AM)
Database of the Combined Health Information Database (CHID). The AM
Database contains bibliographic summaries of books, journal articles,
research reports, audiovisuals, and other materials about CAM. As a
single source of information from the Federa Government about a wide
range of health topics, CHID is a convenient reference tool for health
professionals, patients, and the public.
Although the Center is no longer active, the comprehensive site maintained by a pioneering alternative medicine
research center led by Fredi Kronenberg is still up. It is a gateway to resource information on
acupuncture, botanical/herbal medicine, chiropractic, homeopathy as
well as complementary and alternative treatments for women's health.
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Alternative and Conventional
Cancer Care Links
About.com's section on cancer related
is an impressive starting point to explore many commonly asked
questions and issues on cancer, both conventional and alternative.
A site maintained by cancer survivor Steve Dunn - this site
contains practical guidelines to those who want basic information
about cancer, trials, and help regarding how to rationally make
treatment choice decisions. Particularly inspiring is the quoted piece
from Stephen Jay Gould's "The Median Isn't the Message" which offers
deep and humane advice about confronting the statistics and finding
true hope through reason and understanding. It can also be very
helpful to read Stories of other patients on this site and see how
they've coped with difficult situations.
This federal site provides access to current info on cancer
diagnosis and treatment, including the National Cancer Institute's
database on cancer care, a registry of cancer trials worldwide, and
directories of physicians and institutions providing cancer care. On
the site is also found selected articles from the Journal of National
Cancer Institute and entry to CANCERLIT, which provides citations and
abstracts from the NCI bibliographic database. Patients and families
will find extensive info on cancer screening and prevention, as well
Cancer Treatment Guidelines
This is a collaborative effort of the American Medical Association
and the US Dept of Health and Human Services, and the American
Association of Health Plans. The site contains practice guidelines and
has useful guidelines and decision trees from breast cancer screening
and treatment to prostate cancer management.
A comprehensive jump-off site for over 1300 sites of cancer info
on the net maintained by Simon Cotterill of the University of
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. although alternative treatment sites are not
generally included in the resource database maintained here.
This site belonging to the Syracuse Cancer Research Institute
provides scientific papers on hydrazine suolfate and also sheds light
on the twenty-year controversy. If interested in this topic, the
Kathy Keeton Foundation is also a
useful site to visit.
Ralph Moss is noted expert in the area of alternative cancer care
and provides a unique service to cancer patients with a personalized
review of appropriate and available treatments for specific cancers
which a patient can order and use to make rational therapy decisions.
This is the excellent and trusted comprehensive resource site put
up by the University of Pennsylvania Cacer Center for cancer patients.
information on diseases of the prostate, with an emphasis on
Your Cancer Risk
This Washington University site provides visitors with
personalized estimates of their cancer risk for the 12 most common
types of cancer as well as prevention tips.
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Hepatitis C FAQ
This page maintained by "Peppermint Patti" (?) may be the most
extensive (over 150 pages) FAQ collection on the WWW for the
Alternative Therapies for Hepatitis C
A site maintained by the Vancouver Hepatitis Support Group (VHSG)
provides detailed background information on hepatitis C as well as its
alternative treatment. Included is an extensive section on traditional
Chinese herbal treatment for the condition.
Herbal Treatment of Hepatitis C
A detailed academic review published in Hepatology V.30 in 1999 by
Drs. Schuppan1, Ji-Dong Jia, Benno Brinkhaus1, and Eckhart G. Hahn of
the universities of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Free University of Berlin in
Germany. This reviews Chinese herbs, herbal formulae, as well as
common Western herbs efficacy against hepatitis C.
MTH-68 and hepatitis C
Dr. L. Csatary of Hungary reports on the use of a non-pathogenic avian
virus in successfully treating Hepatitis C.
Traditional Chinese Herbs for Hepatitis C
This page has a brief review by Dr. Batey of the John Hunter Hospital
of Australia on a trial they have done using Chinese herbs for
hepatitis C. It contains lists of some herbs and formulae that are
used for this condition.
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Traditional Chinese Medicine
Institute for Traditional Medicine
A highly credible site mainted by the Institute of Traditional
Medicine, which is an educational non-profit institute directed by
respected herbalist Subhuti Dharmananda, a member of our parent
institute's Advisory Board. This site maintains a large catalog of
monographs of Chinese medicine treatments for specific conditions,
specific Chinese herbs, as well as acupuncture.
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ACUPUNCTURE RESEARCH
An extensive site offering 2302 citations on acupuncture from
January 1970 through October 1997, Prepared by Lori J. Klein,
M.A.L.S., National Library of Medicine and Alan I. Trachtenberg,
M.D., M.P.H., National Institute on Drug Abuse
NCCAM info page on Acupuncture
Good introduction to what acupuncture is about (history, theory, and
practice) and what are considered appropriate conditions to be
treated by this technique, as well as practical advice on how to
find a good acupuncturist.
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A periodical published periodically by the International Trust
for Traditional Medicine and supported by the
Institute of East West Medicine. It contains original articles,
reports, book reviews, interviews, and other materials on
Indo-Tibetan traditional medicine. Click on "Articles for
downloading" to access articles in past volumes.
First International Congress on Tibetan
This site provides detailed information from the First International
Congress on Tibetan medicine which was sponsored in part by the
Institute of East West Medicine.
Intro to Tibetan Medicine
This is an official site maintained by the Government of Tibet in
exile and contains useful introductory material on Tibetan Medicine,
Tibetan Astrology and Horoscope, as well as addresses of reputable
Tibetan Medical clinics worldwide.
Tibetan Medicine Home Page
Contains basic discussions on Tibetan healing, Tibetan Medicine's
Spiritual Basis, Resources for study of Tibetan Medicine and a
useful section on Tibetan Medicine News.
Web Directory - Health > Alternative > Tibetan
Search results on WWW for topics related to Tibetan Medicine
Yuthog Foundation for Tibetan Medicine
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