Scientific Research Information
variety of sources, ranging from medical research institutes to
trade organization sites and private standards-setting organizations
are listed here. Health and medical practitioners as well as manufacturers
and researchers will find useful resources, including a number of
sites representing NIH (National Institute of Health) and privately
sponsored research organizations.
For Innovation In Medicine
Foundation was founded in 1976 by Dr. Stephen L. DeFelice, M.D.
to promote research and understanding of the role played by natural
substances in both pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements. Dr.
Felice coined the term "nutraceutical" as a means of giving identity
to natural substances and their importance in human health.
for Nutraceutical Advancement (INA)
Test methods for three raw materials so far: Kavalactones in Piper
Methysticum, Flavonol Glycosides in Ginkgo Biloba, and Ginsenosides
in Panax Ginseng and American Ginseng.
since 1989, Medical Herbalism's mission is to "strengthen
the herbal practitioner, preserve and develop the science and
art of herbal medicine..." Case studies, clinical tips, practice
reviews of eclectic approaches and more make up the content of
the publication. Of interest to those who seek instruction in
herbal medicine and it use, the Medical Herbalism includes
a listing of schools of herbal medicine and links to databases,
research organizations and other resources for the active herbalist.
Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at NIH
The NCCAM began as the Office for Alternative Medicine in 1992,
and has since been renamed and expanded. Its mandate is
to evaluate the effectiveness of complementary and alternative
medical (CAM) treatment. The NCCAM has funded eleven specialty
research centers that focus on a variety of specific health conditions.
See also our page of links to specific
Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA)
This page on the NNFA website includes summaries of research about
germanium, glucosamine, herbal "phen fen", and kava.