Virtual Library

Virtual Library

Subscription Research Databases

Staying current with industry research is crucial in all health-related fields, particularly in natural health. To best provide students with access to the most comprehensive, up-to-date industry information available, ACHS has purchased subscriptions to two invaluable online library data resources. Access to these research databases is now cost free to all current ACHS students!

  • Natural Medicines (Formerly Natural Standard Database)
  • Alt HealthWatch Database

Natural Medicines Database

The Natural Medicines Database (formerly Natural Standard Database) was founded by clinicians and researchers to provide high quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. This international multidisciplinary collaboration now includes contributors from more than 100 eminent academic institutions. For each therapy covered by Natural Medicines, a research team systematically gathers scientific data and expert opinions. Validated rating scales are used to evaluate the quality of available evidence. Information is incorporated into comprehensive monographs, which are designed to facilitate clinical decision-making. All monographs undergo blinded editorial and peer review prior to inclusion in Natural Medicines databases.

To access, click on: Natural Medicines Database

Alt HealthWatch

The alternative health research database Alt HealthWatch focuses on complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to healthcare and personal wellness.

It provides emerging research and materials for the evolving practice of holistic medicine and therapies, including in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by the term “complementary and alternative medicine.”

Alt HealthWatch provides access to full-text articles from 200 international, and often peer-reviewed, journals and reports. It also contains hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research, and book excerpts.

Available full-text titles include (among many others):
•    American Journal of Chinese Medicine
•    American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine
•    California Journal of Oriental Medicine
•    European Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
•    Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine
•    Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
•    Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society
•    Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association

To access this database, click on: Alt HealthWatch Database

Please note that you must enter these database libraries from this page. Copying the URL or bookmarking will not work. Entry from this page ensures that the services are used only by ACHS students and graduates.

This service is free to current ACHS students. Graduates qualify for reduced rates to purchase their own subscription, including a version available for your PDA (such as a Palm), invaluable for your consulting practice.

These databases are impartial services and not supported by any interest group, professional organization, or pharmaceutical manufacturer.