Herbal and botanical medicine has been around for centuries, but physicians
can take advantage of a 21st century spin on the practice by accessing a three-month-old
Web site to get up-to-date information on these agents.
Created and maintained by the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the free Web site (http://www.mskcc.org/aboutherbs) explains some of the conditions the agents are used to treat, adverse
effects, potential drug interactions, and other details about the properties
of 135 herbal and botanical agents. The Web site's goal is to publish unbiased
monographs that cite the scientific literature to bolster or refute the purported
clinical properties of each herb or supplement.
Mitka M. Web Site Showcases Science-Based Information on Herbs, Other Supplements. JAMA. 2003;289(7):829-830. doi:10.1001/jama.289.7.829