Alternative and Complementary Medicine Research and Legal Resources

Alternative medicine legal and research resources are now copiously listed by Georgetown Law Library.

The online guide notes that:

   "Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), as defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), "is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine." This research guide suggests research strategies and useful print and electronic resources on this emerging field to help you start your research."

The Complementary and Alternative Medicine Law Blog is listed among the resources:

   "CAMLaw: Complementary & Alternative Medicine Law Blog (Published by Michael H. Cohen, Esq.) Published by the leading expert in the field, CAMLaw is a great current awareness resource for new laws and new secondary sources."

Also cited among CAM blogs is "The Whole Child: An Integrative Pediatrics Forum Hosted by Dr. Larry Rosen" [http://www.thewholechild.us/].

CAM and major medical journals listed include:

* Alternative & Complementary Therapies
* Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
* American Journal of Law and Medicine (Vol. 1, 1975- )
* BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
* Complementary Therapies in Medicine
* Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery
* Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM
* Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
* Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA)
* Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
* Journal of Legal Medicine
* New England Journal of Medicine

Significantly, major CAM associations and professional organizations listed include the following:

* Alternative Medicine Foundation [http://amfoundation.org/] is a non-profit organization aiming to "respond to the public and professional need for responsible and reliable education, information, and dialogue about the integration of alternative and conventional medicine." The Web site provides many useful resources, including HerbMed - "an interactive, electronic databases - provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health," and resource guides to different CAM modalities and health issues.

* American Association of Naturopathic Physicians [http://www.naturopathic.org/] provides information on naturopathy - what is it, what kind of education and licensing requirements do practitioners have to meet. The Web sites also include a Legislative Action Center [http://capwiz.com/naturopathic/home/] which provides details of current legislation having impacts on naturopaths.

* American Association of Oriental Medicine [http://www.aaom.org/] The Web site provides updates on business and professional issues, on educational issues, as well as legislative issues that have an impact on its members . It also includes a How to Find an Acupuncturist page.

* American Chiropractic Association [http://www.amerchiro.org/] has general information about chiropractic practices and the activities of its Department of Government Relations. The Legislative Action Center is a great resource for new legislation with an impact on chiropractic practices.

* American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) [http://www.acam.org/index.html] is "a not-for-profit medical society dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the latest findings and emerging procedures in preventive/nutritional medicine." The Web site includes general information about the association, and a database of its members. A few sections of the Web site are still under construction.

* American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA) [http://www.holisticmedicine.org/] "The mission of AHMA is to support physicians in their evolving personal and professional development as healers and practitioners of holistic medicine." The Web site has a member only section. The public side includes general information about holistic medicine, including FAQs and press releases.

* American Massage Therapy Association [http://www.amtamassage.org]

* American Medical Association [http://www.ama-assn.org/] Three of the reports by its Council on Scientific Affairs are related to CAM:
o Alternative Medicine
o Folk Remedies Among Ethnic Subgroups
o Alternative Therapies for the Symptoms of Menopause

* American Osteopathic Association [http://www.osteopathic.org/] is the primary certifying body for D.O.s and is the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical colleges and health facilities.

* National Center for Homeopathy [http://www.homeopathic.org]

* National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) [http://www.ncbtmb.com/] The Web site includes a directory of nationally certified practitioner.

* National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) [http://www.nccaom.org/] The Web site includes the NCCAOM Directory of Diplomates (Practitioners) who meet national requirements for board certification in one or more practice areas: Oriental medicine, acupuncture, Chinese herbology, or Asian bodywork therapy.

* Qigong Association of America [http://www.qi.org]

* Tai Sophia Institute [http://www.tai.edu] One of the first schools of acupuncture in the United States. The Web site provides information about its educational programs, as well as a National/International Practitioner Referral List for Acupuncturist, herbalists, animal acupuncturists, and Chinese Herbalists, among other things.

* Touch for Health Kinesiology Association of America [http://www.tfhka.org/]

Kudos to the Georgetown Library for compiling such an extensive list of journals, websites, blogs, and other resources for legal and research information concerning holistic health modalities and complementary and alternative medical therapies.

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