Open Access Resources

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Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


Database covering subject of acupuncture and acupuncture research.

Acupuncture Today

Includes articles from current and past issues of Acupuncture Today, listings of Chinese herbs (by common name) with information about dosage, indications, and precautions, information on vitamins, minerals, and supplements, articles on using acupuncture to treat specific conditions, and many links to other informative websites. It also includes an acupuncturist locator searchable by name or city and general information on acupuncture.

Chinese Medicine Journal

An open access, online journal publishing evidence-based, scientifically justified, and ethical research into all aspects of Chinese medicine.

Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

An international peer-reviewed journal by Oxford University Press with free full text articles available via this site as well as via the PubMed Central.

The Institute for Traditional Medicine

Contains articles from the ITM’s publications about Chinese medicine and herbal treatments, the history of Chinese medicine, general information about acupuncture and herbal therapies, and herb safety, interactions, and therapeutic uses.

The Meridians of Acupuncture

Contains maps of all the meridians of Chinese acupuncture, including the 12 main meridians plus their inner pathways and the 8 extra meridians.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.


Free access to Medline, the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database covering both clinical and research aspects of biomedicine, complementary and alternative medicine. Research articles on many herbs and supplements are included in the literature.

The Qigong Institute

A not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the scientific understanding of the basis of Qigong through research and education.

University of Western Sydney’s Library

The library’s website contains a research repository of useful open access articles. The University of Western Sydney hosts The National Institute of Complementary Medicine ( Access the site to find current news, research, and clinical trials.

Herbs, Supplements & Prescription Drugs

American Dietetic Association (ADA)

Includes abstracts of articles from Journal of the American Dietetic Association; ADA’s Nationwide Nutrition Network, and national registered dietitian referral service; and links to food and nutrition resources.

Dietary Supplements Labels Database

Offers information about ingredients in more than 6,000 selected brands of dietary supplements. Provides information on ingredients in specific brands of supplements and the health benefits claimed by manufacturers.

DrugDigest, Herb/Drug Interactions

A noncommercial, evidence-based, consumer health and drug information site dedicated to empowering consumers to make informed choices about drugs and treatment options.

Drug Information Portal

A gateway to drug information from the National Library of Medicine and other key government agencies. Covers 15,000+ drugs from entry into clinical trials through entry in the market place.

International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS)/PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset

The Dietary Supplement Subset of NLM’s PubMed provides access to citations from the MEDLINE database and additional life science journals. It also includes links to many full-text articles at journal Web sites and other related Web resources.


An online medical resource dedicated to offering detailed and current pharmaceutical information on brand and generic drugs.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Information Databases (TCM-ID)

Provides information on all aspects of TCM including formulation, herbal composition, chemical composition, molecular structure and functional properties, therapeutic and toxicity effects, clinical indication and application, and related literature. Currently contains entries for 1197 formulae, 1098 medicinal herbs and 9852 herbal ingredients.

UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

The primary focus of its services and collections is to support the health and life sciences research, educational, and patient-care responsibilities of UCLA faculty, students, and staff.


Infertility & Reproductive Medicine

American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine

A non-profit corporation devoted to teaching, research, and the practice of Oriental Medicine as it relates to the treatment of reproductive disorders. Includes extensive bibliographies on Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine research related to infertility and IVF/ART.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Contains news and resources relating to reproductive medicine.


Award wining site provides simplified descriptions, pictures and video clips of medical topics relating to gynecology, pregnancy, female and male infertility, assisted reproductive technologies and ultrasonography.


Peer reviewed website for women’s health, Obstetrics, Gynecology and forums

WebMD – Infertility & Reproduction Health Center

Public oriented site that features information on drugs, tests, and current literature relating to infertility and reproduction.

Medicine (Allopathic or Biomedicine)

BioMed Central

Publishes 234 peer-reviewed open access journals. Journals cover subjects of medicine, life sciences, and some complementary and alternative medicine.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Data & Statistics

Statistical data about various diseases and conditions, compiled by the CDC.

Information on current clinical research studies: purpose, location and participants of trials.

Free Medical Journals

Search for articles in medical journals by specialty, title, or keyword. Only publications free on-line are available.

HighWire Press

A large archive of free full-text science and biomedical articles. Some restrictions apply. Searchable by keyword.


The premier consumer health information site from the National Library of Medicine. Contains extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 750 diseases and conditions. Also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, and latest health news.

The Merck Manual

The complete Merck Manual is available on-line at this site. It is searchable by keyword of table of contents and gives the most recently updated information available (even newer than the last published book).

PubMed Central

The National Institutes of Health free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. Some complementary and alternative medicine journals included. Searchable by keyword. This site provide free access to full text.

TOXNET Toxicology Data Network

Offered by National Library of Medicine, this site includes numerous databases covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas.

Webpath – The Internet Pathology Laboratory for Medical Education

Created to assist medical students in the study of pathology. It has many images and text, tutorials, lab exercises, and examinations for self-assessment.

Healthy Aging

Geriatrics, National Institute on Aging

The web site of National Institute on Aging; contains links to other related sites and information on clinical trials for seniors as well as recent news related to seniors and their health.

Biology of Aging

Easy-to-use website featuring health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health

General Reference

Acupuncture Products

Provides many free resources for professionals and students of acupuncture. Free meridian point locations, Chinese treatment formulas, articles and links to organizations and associations.


Free books and documents in life sciences and healthcare

CAM Resources Project

A wiki maintained by the Medical Library Association with links to various CAM resources.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

The web site of the NDLDT, an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).

TCM and Professional Licensing Organizations

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM)

ACAHM’s primary purposes are to establish comprehensive educational and institutional requirements for acupuncture and herbal medicine programs, and to accredit programs and institutions that meet these requirements.

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA)

Organization whose goal is to promote the integration of concepts from traditional and modern forms of acupuncture with Western medical training and thereby synthesize a more comprehensive approach to health care.

American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM)

Dedicated to the promotion and advancement of high ethical, educational, and professional standards in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) in the U.S.

California Department of Consumer Affairs, Acupuncture Board

The mission of the Acupuncture Board is to benefit, educate and protect the public through regulation of licensure; development of education standards; provision of consumer information; and enforcement of the Acupuncture Licensure Act.

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM)

A voluntary membership association for acupuncture schools and programs in the U.S., whose primary mission is to advance AOM by promoting educational excellence in the field.

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

A non-profit organization whose mission is to promote nationally recognized standards of competency and safety in acupuncture, Chinese herbology and Oriental bodywork therapy for the purpose of protecting the public. Allows you to search for a certified practitioner and download their newsletter for diplomats.

Local Public and Medical Libraries

County of Los Angeles Public Library

Patrons with a current library card are able to borrow materials, access databases and download audio books, eBooks and music. Library cards are available for free to permanent and temporary residents of California.

East-West Medicine Resources (UCLA Library and Center for East-West Medicine)

This guide is designed to serve as a starting point for locating information on any topic in the field of East-West medicine or Complementary Medicine/Alternative Medicine at UCLA Library.

Los Angeles Public Library

Patrons with a current library card are able to borrow materials and access all of the LAPL databases. Library cards are free for residents of California.

UCLA Library Catalog

Search all of the UCLA libraries and collections for materials.