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:
Another useful feature is the Interaction Checker. This allows users to check if a supplement may interact with a prescribed medication:
- 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: https://doi.org/10.15620/cdc:101131external icon.