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Chinese Medicine resources

Key databases

Access Medicine provides you with thousands of online resources that are updated weekly with the newest research and emerging trends across a number of healthcare professions. You might want to select this database if you are focusing on an emerging trend, or current event within the health field.

Alt HealthWatch focuses on the multiple perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care. Full-text content comes from more than 180 international peer-reviewed and professional journals, magazines, reports, proceedings, and association and consumer newsletters, plus hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research, and book excerpts. You might select this database if you are looking for multiple perspectives, or a discussion, on a specific treatment or method.

AMED – The Allied and Complementary Medicine Database is an alternative medicine database designed for students, researchers and clinicians looking to learn more about alternative treatments. It contains details of relevant journal articles from over 500 journals many of which are not indexed elsewhere. It is a bibliographic database produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library

CINAHL with Full Text – Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature* CINAHL, the Cumulated Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, is a comprehensive nursing & allied health research database, providing full text for more than 760 journals. CINAHL with Full Text also contains searchable cited references for more than 1,150 journals and provides full text for 329 journals, plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials. PDF backfiles to 1982 are also included.

The Cochrane Library is a collection of three databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and tool you can use to get quick answers to clinical questions. Includes: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) – Cochrane Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) – Clinical Trials, Epistemonikos – “Other Reviews,” Clinical Answers.

HerbMedPro is an interactive, electronic herbal database provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and general public.

Natural Medicines a resource which provides information about specific herbs and supplements and their effects, as well as citation for effects for further research.

PubMed: Grants access to MEDLINE (which contains citations and abstracts, and provides access to a broad range of biomedical and health literature). This could lead you to find articles you might need an ILL request for. New reference items for not yet indexed in MEDLINE are included in PubMed. Alternative Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine journals are included

ScienceDirect provides access to more than 18 million articles and book chapters from over 2,650 peer-reviewed journals and 42,000 e-books, including books, book series and major reference works, and digital archives that reach as far back as 1823 to help users discover more science, use their time efficiently and make decisions with the highest-quality scientific information.

UpToDate This resource is designed to answer the clinical questions that arise in daily practice. UpToDate covers over 10,000 clinical topics in over 20 medical specialties and includes links to fulltext articles, drugs & drug interaction databases, and medical calculators.

Selected ejournal titles

  • 中草(英文版) = Chinese Herbal Medicines – Available from 2012. Available through the Directory of Open Access Journals. Focuses on herbal medicines from different countries or regions and providing a forum for the theoretical and clinical studies on traditional medicines, herbal medicines and natural products. Includes the subject of pharmacology, toxicology.
  • Chinese Medicine – Available from 2006 –  Chinese Medicine is an open access journal publishing evidence-based, scientifically justified research and review papers in all aspects of Chinese medicine, including – but not limited to – chemistry, biology, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, engineering, clinical applications and socioeconomics that are relevant and significant to Chinese medicine.
  • Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine – Available from 1997 – Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine is an open access journal. You are able to download the articles. They are also seeking new articles as well.
  • Journal of Chinese Medicine – Available from 2005. Provides practitioners, students & researchers with the highest level of theoretical & clinical articles on acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary medicine, medical qigong and Chinese medical history and philosophy.

Browse print books

  • Find shelves on 3rd floor with call number ranges below.
  • Books within these call number ranges are organized by subject, so you can find other related books.
Keyword Call # range
anatomy QM 1 – QM 695
physiology QP1 – QP 981
pharmacology RM 1 – RM 950
medical ethics R 723 – RM 726
pathology RB 1 – RB 214
public health RA 421 – RA 790.95
nutrition RM 214 – RM 259
taijiquan GV 481 – GV 506
qigong RA 781.8 – RM 727
buddism BQ 1 – BQ 9800
confucianism BL 1830 – BL 1883
taoism BL 1899 – BL 1942.85
acupuncture RM 184
chinese medicine – diagnosis RC 71 – RC 73.3
chinese medicine – physical therapy RM 7231 – RM 723
chinese medicine – materia medica RS 160 – RS 190


Famous Physicians:

Are you looking for the work of a specific Physician? Below is a list of physicians to assist you in your search.

扁鵲 Bian Que [戰國 401 – c. 310 B.C.]
張仲景 Zhang, Zhongjing [東漢 150 – c. 219]
華佗 Hua Tuo [東漢 140 – 208]
葛洪 Ge Hong [東晉 283 -343]
孫思邈 Sun, Simiao [唐 581 – 682]
談允賢 Tan, Yunxian [明 1461 – 1556]  女名醫
李時珍 Li, Shizhen [明 1518 – 1593]

University of Bridgeport uses two major eBook Databases, they are “eBook Central” and “eBook Collection”. You can search both of the linked databases, we have compiled a list of some eBooks you have access to start your research.

ebook Central: The linked search will bring you to the search term of “Acupuncture”. The texts available you can view on your devices, and you can find more modern texts on this resource as well. You might need to log into your BU account to be able to access the text after following the link.

eBook Collection: The linked search will bring you to the search term of “Acupuncture”. The texts available you can view on your devices, and you can find more modern texts on this resource as well. You might need to log into your BU account to be able to access the text after following the link.

 Hathi Trust: This is a digital library with the mission of research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge. This resource has information about Acupuncture available, what is unique about this resource is there are resources multiple languages, as well as older articles as well.


In addition to the previously mentioned eBook Databases, as a student of University of Bridgeport, you are also granted access to the following textbook:

Handbook of Traditional Chinese Medicine this gives you access to three volumes of this textbook. This textbook, based on the unique characteristics of TCM, discusses its principle theories and presents a comprehensive daily practice guide for health maintenance and disease treatment. – 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.

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.

Student Involvement:

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.

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