Links utili

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Useful Links

Research organizations

ABIHM (American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, Duluth, Minnesota, USA)

CAHCIM (Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine – Co-ordinator: Janet Polli, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA)

The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine is supported by membership dues and grants from philanthropic partners including the The Bravewell Collaborative. Our membership currently includes 46 highly esteemed academic medical centers.

The mission of the Consortium is to advance the principles and practices of integrative healthcare within academic institutions. The Consortium provides its institutional membership with a community of support for their academic missions and a collective voice for influencing change.

The Bravewell Collaborative consists of a group of philanthropists from around the United States which is committed to advancing public awareness about the benefits of integrative health care and promoting education and clinical services in integrative medicine.  Their 2006 PBS special The New Medicine describes how these approaches can transform healthcare. The generosity of The Bravewell Collaborative has supported the development and infrastructure of the Consortium as well as educational initiatives.

CAM-QUEST®-databases have been designed as search tools for people interested in responsible information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The aim of the databases is not to rate clinical studies but rather to point out that indeed a huge body of clinical research in the field of CAM does exist.

The CAM-QUEST®-Quick Search provides a fast and easy way to get information on most common diseases and their alternative treatment options investigated in clinical research with just a few mouse clicks.

The CAM-QUEST®-Expert Search provides a tool for detailed search requests of clinical research in CAM embracing all CAM therapies and diseases .

CAM-QUEST® is a European-wide unique search portal which is regularly updated. It was designed for people interested in looking for scientifically certified treatment options within complementary and alternative medicine. Thereby, CAM-QUEST® (amongst others) provides a solid ground for discussions on CAM in general as well as the integration of CAM in general health systems. In addition, CAM-QUEST® alleviates the preparation of manuscripts related to CAM and may stimulate the initiation or continuation of CAM research projects.

As special feature, the CAM-QUEST®-Expert Search enables practitioners of homeopathy and other people searching for homeopathic case reports (casuistics), even if they have only been published in German.

CHAMP (Charité Ambulanz für Prävention und Integrative Medizin, Berlin – Director: Prof. Dr. Stefan N. Willich)

EICCAM (European Information Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Berlin – Director: Prof. Dr. Claudia Witt)

EITAM (European Initiative of Asian Medicine, Heidelberg – Walburg Maric-Oehler)

Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit (University of Southampton, United Kingdom, Director: Dr. George Lewith)

GAMED (Wiener Internationale Akademie für Ganzheitsmedizin, Vienna, Austria)

HRI (Homeopathic Research Institute, St Athan, Barry, United Kingdom, Director: Dr. Alexander L. Tournier)

ICCR (International Collaboration for Complementary Therapy Resources – Co-ordinator: Dr. Thomas Ostermann, Univerversity of Witten-Herdecke)

IN-CAM (Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for CAM Research,  – Co-ordinators: Dr. Heather Boon, Dr. Marja Verhoef)

ISCMR (International Society for Complementary Medicine Research)

KIKOM (Kollegiale Instanz für Komplementärmedizin, University of Bern, Switzerland)

KUFAB (Interdisciplinary CAM research at the University of Copenhagen)

NAFKAM (National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, University of Tromso , Norway)

NCH (National Center for Homeopathy, Alexandria (VA), USA)

NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, London, United Kingdom – Director: Josephine P. Briggs)

NIFAB (National Information Center for CAM, Norway – Director: Petter Viksveen)

OCCAM (Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, USA)

OCIM (Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden)

RCCAM (Research Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, London, United Kingdom)

Samueli Institute, Alexandria, Virginia, USA

ViFAB (Knowledge and Research Center for Alternative Medicine, Denmark)

ZMF (Zentrum für naturheilkundliche Forschung der II.Medizinischen Klinik und Poliklinik der Technischen Universität München, Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Dieter Melchart)

Vision for Complementary and Alternative Medicine CAM (or Integrative Medicine) Research and Education

To tap and direct new sources of private funding for integrative medicine research to achieve this vision.  Steward of private funding – promoting integrative medicine research and education meeting gold scientific standards with an open mind and conventional skepticism.

EICCAM (European Information Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Berlin – Director: Prof. Dr. Claudia Witt)

The European Information Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (EICCAM) has been created with the aim of providing and disseminating understandable, objective and high-quality information on the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

EICCAM has been set up as a Public Utility Foundation under Belgian Law, with a Management Board and a Scientific Board. The Scientific Board consists of scientists and functions independently of the Management Board. The Scientific Board has sole responsibility for selecting the publications and for the scientific accuracy of the information produced.

The Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) is a section of the National Cancer Institute. As with NCCAM, OCCAM supports research in the area of complementary approaches for Cancer.

Educational Development for Complementary & Alternative Medicine Project (EDCAM) 
Administered by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), EDCAM is a five-year, $1.2 million R25 education grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a division of the NIH. The 3 components of the project include: 1) the piloting of a CAM curricula at 6 pilot schools, 2) an annual CAM Leadership Training Program for twenty allopathic and osteopathic medical students, and 3) the expansion of AMSA’s online CAM resources, such as a national directory of student opportunities in CAM. The site offers a multitude of resources for students, residents & health professionals interested in CAM Education.

The Academic Consortium for Complementary & Alternative Health Care

Traditional Medicine

The Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health was created in May 2003 at the Fifty-sixth World Health Assembly which adopted resolution WHA56.27.

Traditional medicine (TM) refers to the knowledge, skills and practices based on the theories, beliefs and experiences indigenous to different cultures, used in the maintenance of health and in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness. Traditional medicine covers a wide variety of therapies and practices which vary from country to country and region to region. In some countries, it is referred to as “alternative” or “complementary” medicine (CAM).

Traditional medicine has been used for thousands of years with great contributions made by practitioners to human health, particularly as primary health care providers at the community level. TM/CAM has maintained its popularity worldwide. Since the 1990s its use has surged in many developed and developing countries.

Patient-oriented organizations

AEHA (Anwenderbündnis zum Erhalt homöopathischer Arzneimittel, Karlsruhe, Germany)

ANME (Association of Natural Medicine in Europe e.V., Europäisches Netzwerk für Naturheilkunde und komplementäre Heilverfahren – CAM, Schöneck, Germany)

EFHPA (European Federation of Homeopathic Patients’ Associations, Brussels, Belgium)

EFPAM (European Federation of Patients’ Associations for Anthroposophic Medicine, The Netherlands)

Doctors’ associations

Dialogforum Pluralismus in der Medizin, Berlin, Germany

DZVHÄ (Deutscher Zentralverein Homöopathischer Ärzte, Bonn and Berlin, Germany)

ECH (European Committee for Homeopathy, Brussels, Belgium )

ECPM (European Council for Plurality in Medicine, Basel, Switzerland)

EFCAM (European Forum for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Brussels, Belgium)

ICMART (International Council for Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques, Den Haag, The Netherlands)

IKAM (Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum, International Coordination, Dornach, Switzerland)

IVAA (International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations, Dornach, Switzerland)

ZAEN (Zentralverband der Ärzte für Naturheilverfahren und Regulationsmedizin e.V., Freudenstadt, Germany)

The mission of CAMDOC Alliance is to develop and facilitate the integration of the well established and respectable CAM-methods into European Health Policies with the aim to provide the European citizens with the added value to medicine that CAM can provide.

Libraries and databases

CAMBASE (Database of CAM literature at the university chair of medical theory and complementary medicine of the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany)

CAMLIS (Complementary and Alternative Medicine Library and Information Service, London, United Kingdom)

Documentation Subcommittee (organized within the framework of the European Committee for Homeopathy (ECH)). Available via this website: Lists of homeopathic resources, dissertations and journals, International Guide of Homeopathic Documentation Resources, Homeopathic Thesaurus (availabe in four languages)

HOMINFORM - Database of homeopathic scientific literature (British Homeopathic Library, Glasgow, Scotland)

Specialist library on the history of homeopathy, Institute of History in Medicine, Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany. Catalogue accessible via electronic database search.

CAM database section in PubMed

Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database. Enables search for evidence-based information on plants, substances, dietary supplements etc.

CAMline is an evidence-based website on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for healthcare professionals and the public

Natural Health Products – Health Canada