AltHealthWatch is a FULL TEXT and image database of alternative medicine resources. Publication in AltHealth Watch include peer-reviews journals, reports, conference proceedings, newsletters, professional publications, consumer health magazines, pamphlets and reference materials. Access to AltHealthWatch is available at

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AltHealth Watch provides coverage of both professional and consumer publications across the full spectrum of Alternative Health subject areas:

  • acupuncture
  • aromatherapy
  • body work
  • childbirth
  • chinese medicine
  • chiropractic
  • creative therapies
  • cross-cultural therapies
  • energy medicine
  • herbalism
  • homeopathy
  • mind-body medicine
  • naturopathy
  • nutrition
  • osteopathy
  • veterinary medicine
  • and more...

Contained in AltHealthWatch are approximately 100 titles with full text articles. The database provides complete bibliographic records for each article, as well as publication records which include advertising information, submission criteria, staff names, editorial perspective and philosophy. Identification of the publication type for each record allows searchers to easily determine the level of sophistication and authority of the source of each article. The search interface allows for field and subject searching, and boolean logic using AND & OR.


Journals and Magazines
Access Magazine: Holistic Resource
Acupuncture in Medicine
AhHa!, Newsletter of the American Holistic Health Association
AIMS Occasional Papers
All About Healing
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
American Council on Science and Health Reports
The American Homeopath
American Journal of Health Behavior
American Journal of Natural Medicine
Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services Journal
Balanced Living: The Journal for Health-Minded Positive People
The Birth Gazette
Body, Mind, Spirit Magazine
California Journal of Oriental Medicine
Chiropractic Technique: A Journal of the National College of Chiropractic
The Choice Magazine, Journal of the International Council for Health Freedom
Choices (In Dying)
Conscious Choice: The Journal of Ecology & Natural Living
Delicious! The Magazine of Healthy Eating
Dinshah Health Society Newsletter
Dynamis, the Journal of the International Association for Veterinary Homeopathy
European Journal of Oriental Medicine
Food & Your Health
Genesis: The Lamaze Newsletter
The Gerson Healing Newsletter
Guidepoints; Acupuncture in Recovery
Harmony: New Approaches to Cancer
Healing Arts Magazine
Healing Your Body
Health Action
Health and Healing: Journal of Complementary Medicine
Health Counselor
HealthQuest: Black Wellness
Healthy Eating
Heart and Soul
The Herb, Spice and Medicinal Plant Digest
Holistic Health News
HTR's Lightweaver, Newsletter of the American Association of Alternative Healers
Imaginetics: The Journal of the American Institute for Mental Imagery
International Council for Health Freedom Newsletter
International Foundation of Homeopathy Conference Proceedings
International Journal of Arts-Medicine
International Journal of Childbirth Education
Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine society
Journal of Perinatal Education
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Journal of Sports Chiropractic
Journal of the British Association for Dramatherapists
Kashrus: Kosher Lifestyles
Leaven, Newsletter for LaLeche League Professionals
Life Extension Magazine
Lilipoh: Magazine for Natural Health
Macrobiotics Today
Massage Magazine
Medical Herbalism
Midwifery Matters
Midwifery Today; International Midwifery Journal
MMRC Health Reports
National Women's Health Report
Natural Parent (Mothers Know Best)
New Beginnings: Parents' Newsletter of LaLeche League
New Times
The Newsletter of the IAVH
Nutrition Health Review
Nutrition News
Nutrition Science News
Nutrition Today
Oriental Medicine Journal
Pathways to Health
People's Medical Society Newsletter
Positive Health
Priorities: For Long Life & Good Health
Proof: What Works in Alternative Medicine
The Prover: The Journal of the Chiropractic Academy of Homeopathy
Quarterly Review of Natural Medicine
RCCM's Research & Information in Complementary Medicine
Resonance: Magazine of the Intíl Foundation of Homeopathy
Share Guide, The
Similia - Journal of the Australian Homeopathic Association
Spectrum: The Wholistic News Magazine
Trager Newsletter, The: Trager Psychophysical Integration and Mentastics movement educaton
To Your Health
Vaccination? The Choice is Yours!
Vegetarian Journal
Vegetarian Journal's Quarterly Foodservice Update
What Doctors Don't Tell You
Yoga Journal
Yoga World

Reports, Pamphlets, and Booklets
5 HTP (5-Hydroxy-L-Tryptophan)
A.D.D. Report, The
Advance Directives and End-of-Life Decisions
Alar Five Years Later: Science Triumphs Over Fear
Alzheimerís Disease: A Status Report
Amino Acids For Pain, Stress And Anxiety
Anatomy of Anxiety
Artificial Nutrition and hydration and End-Of-Life Decision-Making
Ashwagandha, Calming Ginseng
Aspirin and Health
BCAA, Branch Chain Amino Acids
Beef Controversy, The
Biotechnology and Food
Blood Pressure
Boswella, Rediscovered Herb For Pain
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders and End-Of-Life decisions
Childbirth in Hospital: The Choice of the Mother or the Right of the Child?
Chlorine and Health
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
CoEnzyme Q10, The Miracle Enzyme
Depression, The Hidden Illness
Diet and Cancer
Dietary Fiber
Dioxin in the Environment
Does Moderate Alcohol Consumption Prolong Life?
Does Nature Know Best? Natural Carcinogens and Anticarcinogens in America's Food
Drugs in Labour and Birth
Dubious Dental Care
Dying at Home
Eating Safely: Avoiding Food-borne Illness
Efficacy, Safety and Benefits of Bovine Somatotropin and Porcine Somatotropin
Environmental Chemicals: Public Health Concern or PR Hype
Facts about Fats: Health Effects of Dietary Fats and Oils
Familiarisation - Informing Medical Practitioners and Students about Complementary Medicine
Fibrositis Or Chronic Muscle Pain Syndrome
Food Allergies, A Source Of Confusion
Food and Life: A Nutrition Primer
From Mice to Men: The Benefits & Limitations of Animal Testing in Predicting Human Cancer Risk
GABA, The Brain & How It Effects Our Behavior
Ginger, Amazing Herb
Ginkgo Biloba
Glutamine Report, The
Glutathione, The Biochemical Powerhouse
Heart Disease
Herbs For Insomnia
Holiday Weight Management
How Your Brain Affects P.M.S
Hypoglycemia Or Low Blood Sugar
Immune System Strength
Importance of Choice in Childbirth, The
Irradiated Foods
Is You Illness Chemical?
Laboratory Animal Testing: An Essential Component of Biomedical Research
Low Calorie Sweeteners
L-Tyrosine, The Amino Acid
Lyme Disease: Modernize our Food Safety Laws: Delete the Delaney Clause
Lysine Story, The
Magnesium , The Stress Mineral
Medicines from the Earth 1997: Exploring Nature's Pharmacy
Much Ado About Milk
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine)
Nutrition Accuracy in Popular Magazines (1992-1994)
Nutrition And Mental Illness
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Orthomolecular Nutrition And Brain Function
Panic Disorders
Penalties of Obstetric Technology
Priorities in Caring for Your Children: A Primer for Parents
Public Usage of Complementary Medicine
Pycnogenol, Super Antioxidant
Pyruvate Promotes Fat Loss
Quackery and the Elderly
Quackery By Mail
Reconstructive Therapy, The Answer To Your Pain
Reishi Mushroom, Healing Herb Of The Future
Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM) Reports, The
Responsible Use of Alcohol: Defining the Parameters of Moderation, The
Role of Eggs in the Diet , The
Searching for Published Information in Complementary Medicine - A Resource Guide
Silicone Breast Implants: Why Has Science Been Ignored?
St. John's Wort
Stress And Aging
Stress, Addiction And Amino Acid Deficiencies
Stress, Menopause And Amino Acid Therapy
Stress, W eight Control And Amino Acid Therapy
Symptoms of Vitamin Deficiencies
T M J Or Temporomandibular Joint Problems
Tobacco Industry's Use of Nicotine as a Drug,
Travel Hints ... Beating Jet Lag
Ultrasound - The Mythology of a Safe and Painless Technology
Understanding Adolescent Depression_
Unproven "Allergies" : An Epidemic of Nonsense
Update: Is There a Cancer Epidemic in the United States?
Vanadium, An Important Trace Mineral
Vitamin E
Vitamin K in Relation to Haemorrhagic disease
Vitamins and Minerals: Does the Evidence Justify Supplements?
What's Triggering Your Headaches, Part I
What's Triggering Your Headaches, Part 2
Whose Death Is It anyway? Talking About Your Choices

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