Resource spotlight: ‘Natural Medicines’

Is vitamin C really effective for preventing a cold?  Will an herbal supplement interact with prescribed medication? It can be difficult to find trustworthy information about dietary supplements, natural medicines and alternative therapies. With 53% of adults reporting that they take at least one dietary supplement1, it is important to find reliable information to provide optimal patient care. Becker Library provides an evidence-based resource with reliable information: Natural Medicines. 

Natural Medicines provides information summaries about supplements and complementary therapy. Users can search by the name of a supplement, practice, or by a health condition. Each summary includes a general description and information about safety and adverse effects:

Screenshot of website results
Screenshot of website results

Another useful feature is the Interaction Checker. This allows users to check if a supplement may interact with a prescribed medication: 

There are many other features in Natural Medicines that can be explored. If you have any questions about using Natural Medicines, please contact 


  1. Mishra S, Stierman B, Gahche JJ, Potischman N. Dietary supplement use among adults: United States, 2017–2018. NCHS Data Brief, no 399. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2021. DOI: icon.