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About Access Restrictions to Electronic Resources

Access and use of electronic resources made available by the Becker Medical Library are governed by license agreements between the School of Medicine and publishers or third parties. Several of the electronic resources carry some restriction on their use. Access may be restricted by user location, number of concurrent users, and/or password.

In short, most people experience access limitations based on the network to which their computer is connected. Below is a quick breakdown of what can be accessed from various networks.

BJH (Limited to) SLCH (Limited to) Proxy (Remote Access) WUSM Off Campus
AccessMedicine
STAT!Ref
UpToDate Online
AccessMedicine
American Academy of Pediatrics Journals
Applied Clinical Informatics
Harriet Lane Handbook
Red Book Online
ScienceDirect
STAT!Ref
UpToDate Online
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Natural Medicines: Providing evidence-based information about herbal, complementary, and alternative medicine

Can green tea actually aid weight loss? Can acupuncture cure anxiety? We are bombarded by claims about the healing properties of herbal or vitamin supplements, and it can be difficult to ascertain if these claims have any merit. Physicians also have to understand if commonly used alternative medicines or therapies may interfere with treatment plans for their patients. Searching for alternative or herbal remedies in Google or elsewhere on the open internet often leads to low-quality information like customer testimonials, and advertisements disguised as legitimate medical information. The next time you need evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine you should, instead, consider using a resource like Natural Standard.

Natural Medicines is a database that provides evidence-based information about supplements, complementary medicine, and alternative medicine. Each entry contains extensive information about the supplement/herb/alternative medicine practice, including its known history, common dosages, side effects, and contraindications. Entries also have an evidence table where treatment claims are graded based on the available evidence. Here is an example of an evidence table from the entry for green tea:

The evidence grade for green tea aiding weigh loss/obesity is a D, indicating that there is fair negative scientific evidence backing this claim. Each entry cites the articles that were assessed to create the evidence grade.

Natural Medicines also has useful tools like quick check guides for basic and advanced drug interactions, pregnancy and lactation safety guides, and patient handouts. Here is an example of the Interactions tool:

Natural Medicines provides an easy way to access high quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine. You can access Natural Medicines here: Link. Note, you must be on the WUSM network or log-in to your Becker proxy account in order to access Natural Medicines.

If you have any questions about using Natural Medicines, contact us at askbecker@wustl.edu.

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