Additional Websites and Databases:
ClinicalTrials.gov – A searchable database, run by the National Library of Medicine, of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world.
The National Institute of Health’s Herb List – This resource is an app you can download to either iOS or Android. It was created by the National Institute of Health, and contains information on potential safety problems, side effects, and herb-drug interactions with additional links to resources for more information. They can also mark favorite herbs for quick recall and offline accessibility.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Care, Herbs at a Glance–Herbs at a Glance is a series of brief fact sheets that provides basic information about specific herbs or botanicals—common names, what the science says, potential side effects and cautions, and resources for more information.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, About Herbs, Botanicals and Other Products– This website has a public databases which focuses on herbal remedies and their effectiveness, usual doses, and drug interactions. It is important to note that the focus is on Cancer treatment, though other information is available.
A Modern Herbal by Mrs. M. Grieve – Hypertext version hosted by Botanical.com. This is an index of herbs, it is important to note that this resource would be useful if you needed the historical perspective for your assignment. The resource was written with the conventional wisdom of the early 1900’s.
American Herbal Products Association – National trade association, focusing on herbs, botanicals and herbal products.
Henriette’s Herbal Homepage – Many articles, images, and hypertexts compiled by Finnish Herbalist Henrietta Kress. There are information on Medical Herbs as well as Culinary Herbs, including an FAQ section. You need to register to the site to browse, but it is free to register.
Herb World News Online – World’s oldest source of science-based information on the health benefits and safety of medicinal plants.
Medline Plus: Herbs and Supplements – This database focuses on herbal remedies and their effectiveness, usual doses, and drug interactions. The information comes from the National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health and the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.
Native American Ethnobotony – A database with a focus on plant-derived Foods, Drugs, Dyes and Fibers of Native American Peoples.
American Botanical Council –Operating since 1988, the American Botanical Council provides education and promotion of the responsible use of herbal medicine using information derived from traditional resources as well as scientific studies. If you are visiting Austin, Texas you can schedule a tour of their facilities and gardens as well.
There are ways that you can get involved and build experience and familiarity with your field on campus. You can join, or start a student chapter of a Professional Organization, of which a few are linked and listed below. To start a club or organization, contact or drop by the Office of Student Activities. You can also volunteer your services as well to gain experience as a professional.
In addition to student organizations, there is also UB’s Clinic. You can ask your professor about further information on how or when you will be able to be involved.
Joining Established Student Organizations:
Student Organizations: To get involved on campus, you can participate in events. Information about student organizations is listed in the previously linked page. If you click on the name of an organization you are interested in you can see if they have any upcoming events, as well as any other organization that is co-hosting or co-chairing their event. Below are some relevant student organizations to your field you might be interested in.
An example of an active student organization on campus that is related to your field is the The Society of Minority Health Professionals. The Society of Minority Health Professional’s mission is to create a positive and motivational atmosphere for minorities working toward becoming our future health care providers. They aim to encourage a movement of leaders to fulfill the need of diversity in the health field. They host, and co-chair many events and are an active group.
Biology Club: The biology club’s primary purpose of this organization shall be to foster and promote understanding of important biological issues among members of the Biology Club and the campus community. They host a variety of events, and promote career awareness for students interested in Biology as a career.
Office of Civic Engagement: You can connect with University of Bridgeport’s Office of Civic Engagement to find further information about volunteer work. Their mission is to serve as a catalyst for students, staff, faculty, and administrators to connect with, build, and sustain meaningful service initiatives in the greater Bridgeport area.
Connecticut Government Volunteering: There are a variety of projects that the Connecticut Government is seeking volunteers for assistance with. An example of a project that might be interesting would be the “iNaturalist Project- Discover Outdoor Connecticut”. This project would have you track, and share your observations of Connecticut’s wildlife alongside our DEEP Wildlife Division biologists, Master Wildlife Conservationists (MWCs), and other dedicated volunteers to help identify as many plants and animals as possible from across the State.
To further your involvement in your field, you might want to join a professional organization. A professional organization would assist you in research, networking, mentorship, and much more. You can read about the specific organizations on their individual websites listed below. As a student of the University of Bridgeport, you would qualify for the Student Membership rate, which is either free or at a reduced cost.
American Holistic Nurses Association: Their goal is to illuminate holism in nursing practice, community, advocacy, research and education. They have scholarships and research grants that are available to members. There is a local chapter of this organization established in Bridgeport as well.
Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine– (AIHM) – An emphasis is put on treating the mind, body, and spirit, members are dedicated to integrative health and want to transform the health systems globally to include traditional, complementary and integrative health in universal healthcare for all. They allow for student chapters, and you could start one at UB!
Connecticut Botanical Society: This society is based out of New Haven, they focus on the flora of Connecticut. They have annual meetings, and seek contributions to their newsletter from members.
The International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine – (IASTAM) – Promotes and encourages the study of traditional Asian medicine, including both the ‘classical’ systems and local traditions, in all their aspects – historical, philosophical, philological, anthropological, sociological, and scientific.
American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine– (AAOM) –The AAOM focuses on Practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. There is networking, volunteering opportunities, and events, as well as discounts available to members as well as some job postings. The University of Bridgeport pays for your admission to this organization, you would need to contact your faculty member to find out how to be registered.