Will prickly pear cactus cure a hangover? Will lavender mist help you sleep? Is having a grapefruit with your morning coffee a good idea? The RDC Library’s Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database can help answer these questions and more.
The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database is a wealth of evidence-based information about the possible interactions between foods, natural remedies and pharmaceutical drugs, as well as providing information on what remedies may or may not be effective in treating a variety of ailments.
Features include a Natural Product/Drug Interaction Checker, and a Natural Product Effectiveness Checker.
From their website:
“Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database approaches the subject of natural medicines from a completely objective and unbiased perspective. It seeks to answer questions about natural medicines by systematically identifying, evaluating, and applying scientific information. As a result, it curtails perpetuation of myths and age-old beliefs and replaces them with reliable scientific data.”
How to Find Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database through the Library:
* From The Loop, click on the Library tab
* In the Find Your Subject column, click on Health & Human Services, then Pharmacy
* On the Pharmacy subject guide, click on Find Articles
* Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database is listed under Pharmacy Article databases
Look up your everyday medication or favourite remedy. You may be surprised!