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Medical News and Perspectives
February 19, 2003

Web Site Showcases Science-Based Information on Herbs, Other Supplements

JAMA. 2003;289(7):829-830. doi:10.1001/jama.289.7.829

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.

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