“I have been using your database for one day and certainly do not know all of the ins and outs yet, but it has proved very informative and extremely helpful in accessing different categories of information very quickly. I am really liking the way I can go from conditions, to nutraceuticals, to herbs, to PubMed with very few clicks of the mouse. My initial thought for subscribing was to streamline my time spent researching and cross-referencing. Just using your service this one day has shown me that the money spent was well spent. Looking forward to a very productive first year.”

Marvin "Skip" Smith, BSc DC
Nutritional Health Coach

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Edrianna Stilwell, SHL, CSMC
Body Centered Process & Energy Work

“Your site is great. I plan to use the information in your site to support my own research when putting together talks and seminars.”

Catherine Gladwin NT BSc (Hons) MBANT
Nutrition Consultant & Trainer

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Kelly Phipps
Founder and CEO
KUMA Interactive, Inc.

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Guy H. Johnson, PhD
Executive Director
McCormick Science Institute

“The best and most authoritative web site available on herbal medicines.”

The World Health Organization (WHO)

“The Administrative Rule in South Dakota (ARSD 20:51:07:04 Publication and reference library) lists examples of appropriate references in several categories. Natural Standard certainly meets our requirements for a reference on natural or herbal medicines.”

Ron Huether, RPh
Executive Secretary
South Dakota Board of Pharmacy

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Bose Ravenel, MD
Cornerstone Pediatrics

“It has been a pleasure working with Natural Standard as we finalize our Integrative Medicine Program's long term goal. Mercy Hospital and Medical Center is excited to have Natural Standard in our repertoire of tools regarding the safety and outcome of our patients. I am wholly excited for our facility and the impact Natural Standard will have on our vision and mission and am looking forward to utilizing this database to improve patient care and education.”

Rachelle Meade, RD, LDN
Clinical Dietitian/Manager 
Mercy Medical at Dearborn Station and Integrative Medicine & Wellness Program

“On livestrong.com we wanted to have trusted information on alternative medicine so we reached out to Natural Standard. Their evidence-based research and documentation on herbs, supplements, and alternative medicine therapies was just what we needed. The Natural Standard content helps to make livestrong.com a well-rounded and complete health information resource for consumers. We are proud to be working with Natural Standard.”

Bryce Stevens
Demand Media, developers of livestrong.com

“Natural Standard is an AAFP recommended resource for development of EB CME content.”

American Academy of Family Physicians

“Natural Standard is like having access to the best library in the world so you don't have to look things up in ten locations!”

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS
Author, The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth (Fair Winds Press 2007)

“Natural Standard is a recipient of Natural Health Journals Editor's Choice Award. The award is made to selected health web sites that exhibit:

  • Quality and reliable information on natural health topics including alternative and holistic medicine, conditions
    and diseases, exercise and fitness, healthy lifestyles, diet and nutrition
  • User accessibility and support
  • Exceptional web design and easy navigation”

Tim Lawrence
Chief Editor of the Natural Health Journals

“At last! An authoritative reference on the many nuances of Alternative Medicine. How to separate the good from the bad and the unknown. An extraordinary piece of work that will become the standard text in this area.”

Vincent T. DeVita Jr., MD
The Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine
Yale Cancer Center, Yale School of Medicine
Former Director, National Cancer Institute

“Natural Standard provides exceptionally high quality, authoritative, rigorous scientific reviews on complementary and alternative medicine treatments. The resource is an invaluable resource for healthcare providers and consumers alike. The sections on precautions/contraindications and interactions offer useful, easy to use information that will help to guide the safe use of herbal products and supplements.”

Lorenzo Cohen, PhD
Director, Integrative Medicine Program
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

“Natural Standard is simply the BEST resource for high quality, up-to-date, evidence-based information in the field. I continue to be impressed with the comprehensive job they've done in this challenging, rapidly evolving field. I can say from personal experience that their evidence-based expert opinion and many layered review is invaluable and not available anywhere else. NS is way ahead of the pack.”

Ellen Hughes, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Director of Education, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

“Natural Standard provides a critical and transparent review of the evidence regarding herbs and supplements. As such, it is an extremely valuable resource for both clinicians and investigators.”

David Eisenberg, MD
Director, Osher Institute
Division for Research and Education
in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies
Harvard Medical School

“A fabulous resource for clinicians who wish to practice in an informed and responsible manner when working with patients who use herbs and supplements. By expertly evaluating traditional uses in the light of up-to-date scientific evidence, both clinicians and their patients will benefit immensely from this guide.”

Karl Berger, ABT, LMT 
President, Integrative Medicine Alliance
Shiatsu Therapist

“Natural Standard has provided just what the doctor ordered - an evidence-based review to tell us what is known, and what is not. Given the clear imperative to talk with our patients about CAM, here's the evidence summary you need.”

Harley Goldberg, DO
Medical Director, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Kaiser Permanente

“Natural Standard is a consortium of researchers, pharmacists and physicians affiliated with prominent academic institutions including Harvard Medical School. As a recognized authority in integrative medicine, they offer multiple services extended well beyond herbal medicinals to include other complimentary medicine modalities.”

Lucinda Miller, PharmD, BCPS
President, Miller Pharmacotherapy Consultants, Inc.
Founding Editor, Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy

“Natural Standard is a very useful resource for any healthcare practitioner who is looking for an evidence-based medical perspective on herbs, dietary supplements, and other complementary therapies. I incorporate the Natural Standard's results into my routine drug information searches at our Center, and also make sure that our students are familiar with this database.”

Lana Dvorkin, PharmD
Acting Director, Center for Complementary and Alternative Pharmacotherapy
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

“The authors have conducted a systematic and careful review of the scientific literature, and provide clear summaries of what is known about the risks and benefits of herbs and supplements.”

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Health Publications

“Natural Standard's guides could not come at a better time. Systematic reviews of this kind remain essential to resolution of the U.S. healthcare crisis, even as gaps in the national health information infrastructure begin to be addressed. These reviews support interim comparisons of the economic, health, health-related quality of life and patient satisfaction outcomes of conventional, complementary and alternative care to advance the nation's best practices? Expect to see these guides applied to a broad range of health policy challenges ranging from eliminating disparities in ethnic and minority health to supporting consumer choice and consumer-driven health plans.”

Synthia Laura Molina
Chief Executive Officer
Alternative Link

“Natural Standard's evidence-based review articles are a "must" for all physicians, nurses, and pharmacists who need an unbiased review of nutritional supplements. The reviews are comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy to maneuver for the information you need.”

Joseph Pepping, PharmD
Assistant Director, Integrative Medicine Service
Kaiser Permanente
Alternative Medicine Contributing Editor, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy

"Natural Standard is unsurpassed as a source of high-quality, unbiased information about Complementary and Alternative therapies. They have built a sound reputation for thorough, up-to-date research. This book will be a welcome adjunct to the Natural Standard web site as a trustworthy source of information."

Miriam S. Wetzel, PhD
Medical Content Analyst, InteliHealth
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Ret.)
Harvard Medical School

“The reviews published by Natural Standard are the most reliable source of up to date, balanced information on herbs and supplements I have found. Knowing that the information is based on a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence, considers the historic/folkloric perspective, is developed by experts in the field, AND peer-reviewed makes Natural Standard my top choice for information on herbs and supplements. When The Rx Consultant develops an issue on herbs or supplements, Natural Standard is a key resource.”

Terry M. Baker, PharmD
Editor, The Rx Consultant

“Natural Standard has created an important evidence-based database to objectively evaluate a number of complementary therapies. This is incredibly important given their widespread use in our society. This field is rapidly changing so it is the first place I look for obtaining unbiased, current, and accurate information for cancer patients and their families to help them make informed decisions.”

Deborah K. Mayer, RN, MSN, AOCN, FAAN
Program Manager
Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies
Tufts-New England Medical Center

“Natural Standard is such an outstanding resource that we now include a subscription for each of our new students!”

Georgianna Donadio, DC, MSc, PhD
Program Director
The New England School of Whole Health Education

“There is a critical need among healthcare providers for an evidence-based, continuously updated, and practical database on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). With a large percentage of the US population employing CAM therapies, healthcare providers in this country must be able to quickly grasp the clinical significance of these therapies with regards to the overall management of patients' health. Natural Standard provides a credible, rigorously researched, unbiased source of information on an ever-expanding number of complementary and alternative therapies. Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education has partnered with Natural Standard to sponsor many of the NS modules for AMA PRA Category 1 credit for physicians. ”

Julie L. White, MS
Administrative Director
Continuing Medical Education
Boston University School of Medicine

“This database has my highest recommendation.”

Jane D. Saxton
Director of Library Services
Bastyr University

“I find it well-researched and comprehensive.”

Rob Stibravy
History Division Assistant
Collection Development for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA

“Clinicians need reliable information about alternative therapies, and Natural Standard is the definitive source of information on herbs, supplements, and manual therapies. Natural Standard established an international reputation with its website, and now with these books provides practitioners and researchers with a vital reference that will be used every day.”

John O'Toole, MD
Department of Neurosurgery
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

“I heard about your superb database through Dr. Weil's PIM fellowship, and greatly appreciate the discount you've offered us Fellows... I'm looking forward to having your database at my fingertips!”

Sharon DeMocker, MD
Program of Integrative Medicine
University of Arizona

“I love Natural Standard, I think they are the best monographs on the market...well done.”

Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Clinical Asst. Professor
Department of Medicine
Director of Botanical Studies
Program in Integrative Medicine
University of Arizona

“Thank you for your wonderful books and website.”

David S. Craig, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Psychosocial, Palliative Care, 
and Integrative Medicine Department
Director, Pain and Palliative Care Specialty Residency
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

“I absolutely love your product. It's comprehensive, and includes information that other resources do not.”

Joan Colburn, MLIS, North Carolina

“We absolutely love the Natural Standard Herb & Supplement Handbook here. It's extraordinarily reliable and the most convenient resource I've ever seen for finding expert, researched, balanced information on herbs and supplements. I consult it regularly. Thank you for putting together such a valuable book.”

Leigh Ann Hubbard
Managing Editor
My Family Doctor: the Magazine that Makes Housecalls

“It is truly a fabulous resource. I heard about it from a speaker from NCCAM who uses it all the time. If that isn't a testimonial, I don't know what is.”

Jane Lincoln, MSW
Healthmark Multimedia, LLC

“I found [Natural Standard Herb & Supplement Handbook: The Clinical Bottom Line] well written, comprehensive and very informative”

Olivier Wenker, MD, MBA, DEAA
The Internet Journal of Nutrition and Wellness

“This is part of our process to make our allopathic providers rise to a more consistent standard with regard to giving advice to patients who ask about herbal treatments or complementary practices. We found after investigation that advice or knowledge was widely scattered or variable among our staff. As the medical director, this sort of random variability is less than desirable, and we needed to employ a fix that could be easily used and was felt to be accurate. This site allows us to close this variability gap and assists providers who are not otherwise confident about their knowledge base about these issues to feel more supported. Patients may also get more timely information about items who, prior to this addition, were only using friends and family as resources, and who also displayed a wide variability of opinion that was often based on very limited evidence.”

“While we may not shift our focus strongly toward the delivery of complementary care, this allows our system to more appropriately provide advice to patients, and also serves to address the JCHAO requirement of collecting an accurate list of all medications being taken, and the list of potential interactions that could result.”

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Steve Tierney, MD
Medical Director
Southcentral Foundations
Primary Care Medical Services Division

“This is the best site I have ever seen. I am member and will be forever!”

Debbie Fein

“ Natural Standard Herb & Supplement Reference: Evidence-Based Clinical Reviews and Natural Standard Herb & Supplement Handbook: The Clinical Bottom Line- both indispensable books for all the health professionals involved in complementary and alternative medicine. In a clear and simple way, the books offer a very good resume on herbs with cross-reference to conditions. With these two books any health professional should be able to advise- a must in a medical office for CAM or traditional physicians. I will recommend. Congratulations.”

Dr. Fernando García-Rojas Rivera
Medicina Integral y General
Universidad Anáhuac

“I have been able to access the site and love it. To me it is the ‘missing link’ in herbal resources. Many offer information, but Natural Standard puts it in perspective.”

Kevin Hoehn, RPh, MBA, CGP
Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
Faxton- St. Luke's Healthcare

“I find Natural Standard a very helpful tool in my practice and use it often.”

Karen Hopenwasser MD

“We are very impressed with the format, level of detail, and even-handed treatment of the research. I especially like the interpretations. In short, I am very satisfied with the report and performance of Natural Standard. This report has enabled me to speed up the claim substantiation process.”

Luke Bucci, PhD, CNN
Vice President of Research
Schiff Nutrition International

“Clinical decisions about natural therapies are especially challenging amidst a landscape of imperfect evidence. The Natural Standard comprehensive herbal monographs are brilliant: the folkloric perspective, evidence tables arranged by condition, and herbal interactions with drugs, other herbs, foods, and lab tests are highly useful. I especially appreciate the confidence of the ‘Bottom Line’ safety and effectiveness perspectives. Thank you for a great compilation of evidence.”

Anne Meneghetti, MD, DrAnne.com
Medical Educator & Broadcaster

“In reference to Natural Standard, I use this DAILY in my personal practice as well as for resident teaching. I direct the integrative medicine curriculum and this reference is indispensable to me in that role. It is evidence based, up to date and complete. Our library could only be enhanced by acquiring such a reference tool.”

“I have to say that I have been impressed with the PDA version. I am enjoying it because it gives me evidence-based information at hand if a patient asks a question I cannot answer.”

Tanmeet Sethi, MD
Swedish Providence Family Medicine Residency

“I have been visiting your site for some time and I find the information to be extremely useful and unbiased. I do training and presentations regularly, using your materials with your permission.”

Edward Wong
Spa Professional

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“Your ‘flashcards’ which are designed to make it easy for a client to read are outstanding! With your permission, I use them to hand out to clients during Aromatherapy consultations. ”

Carmen Homolya
Australasian College of Health Sciences

“…it certainly looks as if you are doing all the right things to create the gold standard by which other integrative medicine information resources will be judged. It is with great pleasure that I [support] your superb organization. Again, my congratulations and very best wishes for your continued success.” 

Elizabeth Adams Smith, EdD
Jerawyn Publishing Inc.

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Donna Hoffman

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Marcia Prenguber, ND
Director of Integrative Care
Center for Cancer Care at Goshen Health System

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Richard Kajut

“I am aware of your connection with MD Anderson, which is why I turned to Natural Standard to help with my chapter. It is a most useful resource in my day to day practice, as well.”

Judy Boyce, MD
Vancouver, BC

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Dr. Mazen

“I've used many other nutritional reference programs and I can assure you that NOTHING compares to Natural Standard. Besides being able to look up general herb/prescription outlines, I'm also able to cross reference supplements for other names the may be known by and check for interactions. With daily updates to the site, how can you go wrong? Also, let me express how impressed I am with all of the links leading to important studies and cases that any supplement may have and the extensive team of professionals used to put it all together! They have covered every nook and cranny and have left no stone unturned in their research and all of their hard work makes Natural Standard my program of choice. Natural Standard has truly raised the bar for other programs to stand up to!”

Cesar M. Corado
Holistic Health Practitioner
Palm Springs, CA

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Dipi Songara
Happy Subscriber

“More and more of our patients want to incorporate complementary and alternative therapies into the regimens that we prescribe to them. We wanted to help guide patients in making these decisions. Natural Standard provides a reliable reference to help them with their choices. It grades the effectiveness of herbs and vitamins for various conditions and even warns of interactions between herbal remedies, over-the-counter medicines, and prescription medicines. It is one of the best online resources to date for such information.”

Russ Krienke
Medical Director, Austin Regional Clinic

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Jeanne Ricks
Institute of Integrative Nutrition

Ph. D. in natural health graduate and current doctor of naturopathy student Karen Stophel said the following about Natural Standard© in her practicum overview: Identifying my preferred resources, like the Natural Standard© database, has been a valuable benefit of this practicum work. Stophel felt that the database would be a wonderful resource for her continued education as a natural health practitioner and researcher.

“This is an impressive collection of evidence on herbal and non-herbal dietary supplements.”

Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies , March 2005

“I am happy to contribute to such a fine and reputable collaboration.”

Brett White, MD
Director of Student Health
KSOM- University of Southern California

“Biossential Nutrition is proud to use the Natural Standard database. The information learned and the time we save is priceless, and it allows us to ensure that what we tell our customers is backed by the latest research, giving them confidence in what they read on our website, and increasing our credibility. Thank you Natural Standard, keep up all the hard work!”

Mark Kabana
President, Biossential Nutrition

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“From the distance of time, I can honestly say now that Natural Standard is much more than a ‘database.’ It is the commitment and hard work of a team of experts and researchers who really want the ultimate in alternative evidence-based healthcare and information for their subscribers and their clients. In conclusion, I urge you to subscribe for it because it proved an outstanding resource and investment.”

Damyan Damyanov
0-24 Pharmacy
Sofia, Bulgaria

“Great site!”

Kenneth M. McIntyre, MD, PC

“I'd like to thank and acknowledge the most comprehensive and thorough database on natural medicine in the world, The Natural Standard, whose staff generously allowed me access to their subscription-only website, www.naturalstandard.com. Their assistance was invaluable and was greatly appreciated, and I recommend them highly.”

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS
Board Certified Nutrition Specialist
Author: The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth (Fair Winds 2008)

“Thank you for your website which is fantastic.”

Dr. Carey Nazzer

“Natural Standard is an inspiration to all who practice integrative healthcare.”

Sara Lou O'Connor
Whole Health Media

“Food As Medicine faculty votes www.naturalstandard.com the winner amongst most frequently used references.”

Center for Mind Body Medicine
James S. Gordon, MD, Founder & Director

“I am a pharmacist and have subscribed to the Natural Standard site for the last 2 years. I have found the information invaluable.”

Center for Mind Body Medicine
Dennis Booth, Pharmacist
Mansfield Dispensary, New Zealand

“Thank you so much for your help, alacrity in replying and the wonderful clear, personal style and enthusiasm with which you corresponded. I can assure you, it was one of the best things to come out of the NHAA Conference last year to learn that members receive a special subscription offer from Natural Standard, and that's really saying something because the conference was fantastic! I'm sure that your enthusiasm and personableness attacts many subscribers (in addition to the high-quality of Natural Standard's reviews).

“I had a wonderful day exploring the Natural Standard database. Phew - what a lot of work and brain power has gone into it. I spent the entire day just looking at the garlic monograph and was so blown away by what I read and the work that has gone into systematically investigating and exploring trials, clinical data and meta-analyses that I was moved to go and consume a couple of cloves, despite the fact that we were going out to dinner with friends last night! I forewarned them before giving them a welcome peck on the cheek though!”

Claire Montgomery
Syndey, Australia

“Thank you for the very awesome tool Natural Standard is!”

Nancy Jacobson, CNHP, ND, MH
Ohio, USA

“This database is amazing. Congratulations.”

Felipe Prates da Silva
Bioprocess and Biotechnology Engineer
Researcher Student at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil