Natural Medicines focuses on an evidence-based approach to systematically review and critically appraise the literature related to products sold as supplements.
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This interactive guide will:
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To receive a completion certificate, learners must answer all the questions posed throughout the tutorial.
From the AML home page, Select the Natural Medicines link to enter database
Selecting a tool from the list on the left of the website is an effective search strategy.
A patient reports taking feverfew, black cohosh and niacin for migraine prevention.
Click the Interaction Checker button. Then enter each supplement into the Selected Agents box to discover any potential interactions.
Are there any interactions listed between the supplements?
In addition, this patient suffers from migraines and takes verapamil for this condition.
Are there additional possible interactions?
Now the patient would like information on which supplements are most effective for migraine. Enter migraine into the Effectiveness Checker to find a list of natural medicines.
Which of the supplements taken by the patient is possibly effective in the treatment of migraine?
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Use the Nutrient Depletion tool to find which nutrients are depleted by prescription and over-the-counter medications.
If the patient takes Topamax for migraine, what supplement will she need to take?
After reading the detail, would you still suggest supplementation?
This tool is used to determine the safety of herbs, supplements, vitamins and minerals during pregnancy and lactation.
Which of the supplements taken by the migraine patient is likely safe during pregnancy?
The Adverse Effects Checker shows you which natural medicines have the potential to cause specific adverse effects. Selecting a symptom or side effect will generate a list of natural medicines that have evidence to suggest that they might cause that side effect.
If the migraine patient is experiencing joint pain and heartburn, which supplement is most likely suspected?
Natural Medicines is made up of multiple databases. Users of Natural Medicines have several search options and clinical tools to get the information desired. The search box found on the home screen is the integrated database search and collects results from all databases.
It can be useful to perform a more targeted search using only one of the databases. Individual databases are accessed from the Databases tab on the top of the page.
Natural Medicines contains over 1200 monographs on natural ingredients including
Each monograph provides scientific, evidence-based information on safety, effectiveness, interactions and more.
Selecting from the alphabetical listing, results include access to the patient handout as well as a list of products containing the substance, if any.
The Health & Wellness Database contains over 200 monographs covering a wide range of complementary and alternative treatment topics, including specialized diets and therapies.
The Sports Medicine Database includes all monographs relevant to athletic performance, including specific exercise regimes, injury treatments and sports supplements.
The Comparative Effectiveness Database allows users to review all therapies that might be used for a specific condition in one easy-to-read chart. Each chart provides a list of natural medicines and therapies that have been studied for a selected condition, ranked by level of effectiveness.
A list of all commercial product manufacturers included in the Natural Medicines Database. Selecting a manufacturer generates a list of all their products included in the database.
Natural Medicines contains over 90,000 dietary supplement products.
Search the Commercial Products Database by brand name product to find
Monographs also include an evidence-based rating tool, NMBER, unique to Natural Medicines.
Each Medical Conditions monograph provides detailed summaries on symptoms, risk factors, and conventional treatments. Also included are integrative therapy treatment options.
To find adverse effects in Natural Medicines, scroll down in the Professional Monograph to Adverse Effects section:
Drug interactions are found by scrolling further:
Scrolling up, you will find a section on effectiveness:
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