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An Alternative and Complementary Medicine Resource Guide


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   Professional and Referral Organizations
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Conventional Approaches

A diversity in medical choices for prevention and treatment modalities are of utmost importance in the maintenance of health.  Generally, conventional medicine focuses on the treatment of symptoms rather than teaching healthy living and awareness of the body's natural tendency towards health. This approach views the woman's natural physiological processes, such as menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, as conditions requiring medical treatment. Although conventional medicine is effective in the extensive field of women's health, there are other approaches that may also be used to support women's intrinsic cycles and to facilitate the body's natural course of healing.

Alternative Approaches

Alternative and complementary medicine recognizes the intimate unity of the mind with the body's immune, endocrine, and nervous systems. This relationship illustrates how the structure and function of one system within the human body is dependent upon all other systems within the body. The alternative and complementary medical approach to women's health is to treat these systems as one, facilitating the body's innate ability to heal itself and to restore intrinsic cycles through noninvasive, natural therapies for symptoms and diseases.

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NOTE: The following resource listings are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to be used as a guide for treatment.   They are provided for information only.  The resources are selected and categorized to help you with your own research.



frye.gif (16997 bytes) Joyce C. Frye, DO, MBA
"Herbs in Women's Health Care," Chapter 3 of Current Review of Complementary Medicine (Edited by Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD)
Current Medicine, Inc., 1999
This chapter provides an overview of the use of medicinal herbs and a more detailed discussion of the therapeutic use of hormonal herbs and anti-infective herbs for gynecological problems.


nissim.gif (5937 bytes) Rina Nissim
Natural Healing in Gynecology: A Manual for Women
Pandora Press, 1996
A scientifically written guide that explains the actions of antibiotics and offers alternative herbal treatment for gynecological disorders.  Nissim clearly describes what the body's reactions might be to either allopathic or herbal remedies in a voice that is appropriate for both the layperson and the health professional.


simone.gif (13381 bytes) Charles B. Simone, MD
Breast Health: What You Need to Know
Avery Publishing Group, 1995
A summary of the latest research into the diverse causes of breast cancer, stating that a heightened awareness offers women the best chances for survival. Dr. Simone provides a simple yet detailed ten-point plan on maximizing breast health, focusing on prevention, detection, and treatment.


blum.gif (4887 bytes) Jeanne E.  Blum
Woman Heal Thyself: An Ancient Healing System for Contemporary Women
Charles E. Tuttle Company, Incorporated, 1995
Blum describes a simple system that identifies the 24 acupressure points on the body and shows women how to use their healing power to cure premenstrual syndrome, treat the symptoms of menopause, and aid in conception and contraception.


gladstar.jpg (3330 bytes) Rosemary Gladstar
Herbal Healing for Women: Simple Remedies for Women of All Ages
Fireside, 1993
In this comprehensive and easy-to-use guide, Gladstar explains how to create remedies--including teas, tinctures, salves, and ointments--for the common disorders that arise in the different cycles of a woman's life.


gold_women.gif (10220 bytes) Burton Goldberg Group
Alternative Medicine Guide to Women's Health - Two
Future Medicine Publishing, Inc., 1998
Individual physicians discuss their experience of treating women.  All work on the basis that not one cause, but multiple factors, can result in health problems in women.


harrar.gif (13560 bytes) Sari Harrar and Sara Altshul O'Donnell
The Woman's Book of Healing Herbs: Healing Teas, Tonics, Supplements, and Formulas
Rodale Press, 1999
A definitive book on herbs for women’s health issues that incorporates scientific research and the wisdom of the world’s most trusted herbalists to provide safe, effective treatments for a variety of ailments.


northrup.gif (11839 bytes) Christiane Northrup, MD, FACOG
Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing
Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing, 1998
Completely revised, this book provides the most up-to-date information on the entire range of women’s health issues, incorporating Western and alternative medicine into a complementary whole. Several new perspectives in women’s medicine, natural treatment programs, and health care resources are offered, which emphasize Northrup’s view of mind-body wellness.


weedww.gif (11688 bytes) Susun S. Weed
Wise Woman Herbal Series: Healing Wise
Ash Tree Publishing, 1989
The wise-woman tradition, according to Weed, focuses around women as healers and nurturers. In this herbal medicine guide, Weed provides complete instructions for using common plants for medicine and longevity.


weedmy.gif (5960 bytes) Susun S. Weed
Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way-Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90
Ash Tree Publishing, 1992
This book focuses on many aspects of women’s natural health remedies, from massage and energy work to herbs, supplements, diet, and medications.


Patsy Westcott and Leyardia Black
Alternative Health Care for Women: A Woman's Guide to Self-Help Treatments and Natural Therapies
Harper Collins, 1989
Examines the factors that contribute to women's health, discusses symptoms of conditions, then provides information about conventional and alternative treatments.


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Journal of the American Medical Women's Association (JAMWA)
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Phone: (757)-446-7468.
JAMWA is a peer-reviewed, quarterly medical journal that focuses on women's health. The official publication of AMWA, the American Medical Women's Association, this journal includes issues such as cardiovascular disease, abortion, HIV/AIDS, genetics and women's health, managed care, the health of older women, and much more.

Journal of Nurse Midwifery
American College of Nurse-Midwives
818 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 728-9860
Fax: (202) 728-9897
As the official publication of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, this journal promotes current knowledge in the fields of nurse-midwifery, parent-child health, obstetrics, well-woman gynecology, family planning and primary care.

Journal of Women's Health and Gender-Based Medicine
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
2 Madison Avenue
Larchmont, NY 10538
Phone: (914) 834-3100
Fax: (914) 834-3688
Produced by the Society for Women's Health Research, this journal is peer-reviewed and focuses on diseases and medical conditions prevalent among women. Included are clinical papers, review articles, and case-reports. The publications department of this journal's publisher, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers, offers a wide selection of books, journals, and newsletters that emphasize alternative and complementary medicine.


Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology On-Line
This site is maintained by the Library of the National Medical Society and allows you to view the contents of the current issue as well as search the Medical Library and previous issues of the journal.

Journal of Women and Aging
Easily perform searches, view tables of contents and abstracts. Although this collection of material is relatively small (since 1995), this site links to other useful women’s health related journals.

Women's Health Issues
The official bi-monthly, peer-reviewed journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health. Click on "Table of contents for individual issues" to view the topics covered in volumes from the years 1995-1999.

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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
409 12th St., S.W.
PO Box 96920
Washington, DC 20090-6920
A private, voluntary, nonprofit organization providing professional education, advocacy and patient education.

American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)
6728 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101
Phone: (703) 556-9728
Fax: (703) 556-8729
This organization unites allopathic and osteopathic physicians who practice medicine that acknowledges the interrelationship of body, mind, and spirit. These professionals embrace all modalities that are safe and effective, including conventional allopathic medicine. Click on "AHMA Doctor Finder" to view a compilation of physician members of the AHMA.

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)
801 N. Fairfax St.
Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 838-0500
Fax: (703) 549-3864
Women physicians and medical students dedicated to the care of women patients. Searchable and provides relevant links.

National Association for Women's Health (NAWH)
300 West Adams
Suite 328
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 786-7468
Fax: (312) 786-0376
Association for all health professionals who influence, develop and promote quality health care programs for women.

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Herb Research Foundation
1007 Pearl St., Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: (303) 449-2265
Voice Mail: (800) 748-2617
Fax: (303) 449-7849
American Botanical Council (ABC)
PO Box 144345
Austin, TX 78714-4345
Phone: (512) 926-4900
Fax: (512) 926-2345

These two organizations provide research data on the safety and health benefits of herbs, and disseminate information to the public and to professionals.

National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC)
120 Albany St.
Suite 820
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Toll Free: (877) 986-9472 (98-NWHRC)
Fax: (732) 249-4671
NWHRC is the national clearinghouse for women’s health issues, providing membership, ordering and subscription information for their newsletter, staff-performed searches, and access to their resource library and database. This site also has a comprehensive list of related links.

National Women's Health Network
514 10th St., NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 628-7814
Fax: (202) 347-1168
The National Women's Health Network is an advocacy organization dealing with women's health issues. In addition to lobbying Congress and other government agencies they have a clearinghouse of women's health information to help individuals make well-informed health care decisions.

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NOTE: Promotional and commercial sites are not included in this listing unless they provide significant impartial information resources.


The Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Center-Women's Health Information Resources
This web site is no longer maintained but has been retained as an archive. The Women's Health Information resources comprise a categorized and annotated listing of internet resources on general and specific women's health issues, including academic centers, government sites, electronic journals, professional associations, and other research resources.


Dr. Donnica
Clear, categorized information. Click on Women's Health Resources in the sidebar for a list of topics, or use the search feature.

Healthfinder and the National Women's Health Information Center
Click on "hot topics" for listings of associated web resources and organizations.

HealthWorld Online
Collection of information from selected practitioners in the fields of self-care, integrative medicine, naturopathic medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrition and acupuncture.

Herbs for Women's Health
Written by Gail Faith Edwards, an herbalist and educator with over thirty years of experience.

HIV AIDS Facts for Patients
This resource will help women self-educate on safe practices to prevent further transmission, find supportive counseling and treatment services to ensure well being.

Homeopathic Perspective on Women's Conditions
A brief guide to homeopathic medical treatments specific to women’s health conditions, and an additional resource list.

In Her Prime
A categorized listing of resources put out by Arbor Nutrition Guides.

New York Times Women's Health
Categorized list of resources and with free registration, access to the NY Times’ Women’s Health web site.

Wellness Web Women's Health Center
Links to resources and references categorized into complementary medicine, conventional medicine, nutrition/fitness, as well as an additional non-categorized list.

Women's Directory
The Pleiades Web site is a listing of organizations related to women's health issues--a good starting point.


HealthWeb Women's Health
A useful meta-directory from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Health Sciences Library.

Medscape - Women's Health
A medical information site with on-line publication of peer-reviewed, clinically-oriented articles on the health care needs of women.

MedWeb: Women's Health
Use keywords "women's health" in the MedWeb Quick Search to access this listing.

Yahoo! Women's Health
A comprehensive site for health information, providing categorized listings, sophisticated search facilities, and the latest breaking news items.

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Last updated: June 28, 2010
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