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Special Topics in Medicine & Health

CAM in PubMed

PubMed includes a subject filter for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) literature.

Enter keywords or MeSH terms in the PubMed search box. 

PubMed assumes AND to combine search terms; you will get the same results from either of the following:

  • St. John's wort AND depression
  • St. John's wort depression  

Use parentheses around OR statement when searching for synonyms:

  • (St. John's wort OR hypericum) AND depression

For CAM, add the MeSH term Complementary Therapies to the search:

  • depression AND complementary therapies

CAM in Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library offers a specific filter for Complementary & alternative medicine.

Cochrane Database ofo Systematic Reviews (CDSR)  - Search using keywords or select from subcategories such as Mental health.

  • Browse - From the Cochrane Reviews search page, scroll down the left side and select Complementary & alternative medicine from the Topics list. Select one of 58 subtopics, such as Mental health or infectious disease, for browsing.
  • Search - Enter keywords in the search box (upper right). Select specific fields for searching and select filters such as Date, Type and more from the menu on the left.


CAM and Cancer

From the NCCIH

Herbal & Dietary Supplements