Other highly useful, licensed software on this site are HealthNotes Online and AltHealth Watch, which are tull text, searchable databases in the area of alternative health care. These are also password protected, licensed sites available only to on-campus users. Victor S. Sierpina, M.D., Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch said, "Healthcare practitioners are universally and reasonably concerned that before prescribing herbs, they must have reliable information on indications, contraindications, dosages, purity, strength, safety, and drug-herb interactions. They need this in an easily accessible, readable format. The Commission E Monographs by Blumenthal et al. offers this information in a concise fashion and from a trustworthy source. It has improved the confidence of practitioners who now have a reference they can rely on in their practice. Putting this online in a university medical center setting allows a wider variety of learners, facu lty, and practitioners to access it than would be likely to buy the printed version."
It is expected that the addition of the Commission E monographs to this educational website will increase access for students and faculty to reliable information on herbal therapies as well as their dosages, indications, contraindications, and potential drug interactions.
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