Helpful Tools

Free Online Tools & Resources for Help with Natural Medicine

Dr. James A. Duke, PhD, Ethnobotanist, PhD in Botany and creator of the Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases

Link: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases

The reputable, well known guide on medicinal plants, Dr. James Duke, developed a very powerful database detailing the constituents of many plants. This database provides information on a comprehensive array of common medicinal plants. Plant parts (such as roots, leaves, bark, and fruit) may also be specified for a plant species. Generally, you can find out what chemicals are in various plants; and, often specific parts of a plant. Also, many chemical constituents of a plant species will have related reference material (to a scientific study, or book, for example) cited as well. If you have an herb, or essential oil you are thinking about using, you can use this database to get an idea about what is in the item (of course, if Dr. Duke’s database contains the relevant plant; and, it contains a lot of plants!).

Dr. James A. Duke, PhD, Ethnobotanist, PhD in Botany (UNC, Chapel Hill; Phi Beta Kappa; Distinguished Alumnus) has written quite a few books on herbs and their medicinal applications. His writing is quite explanatory, and his books on medicinal herbs cover what you need to know when using a plant based item (such as an essential oil, tea, extract, or the herb directly). The following books have been authored by Dr. Duke:

  • View this Book at Google Books -- The Green Pharmacy: New Discoveries in Herbal Remedies for Common Diseases and Conditions from the World's Foremost Authority on Healing Herbs
  • View this Book at Google Books -- The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods: Proven Natural Remedies to Treat and Prevent More Than 80 Common Health Concerns
  • View this Book at Google Books -- The Green Pharmacy Anti-Aging Prescriptions: Herbs, Foods, and Natural Formulas to Keep You Young

Use the free USDA Food Composition Database to learn the nutrition facts of various food items.

Link: USDA Food Composition Databases

The USDA provides a comprehensive database of the nutritional components of various food items. Macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates, and proteins) are clearly indicated as well as a substantial number of micronutrients (e.g., vitamins and minerals) are also listed as well. And, calories are also indicated for each individual food item as well. As different types of sugar (dextrose, fructose, sucrose, etc.) and starch an item contains are also listed, you can search for foods on these criteria--instead of just the total amount of carbohydrates. Using the power of this information can be one way to reduce the sugar in your diet and optimize it for getting Candida yeast out of your body.

Visit the NCCIH website to find information regarding natural medicine and alternative therapy practices.

Link: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), founded October 1998, is part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.  The NCCIH website is a great resource for information regarding alternative health practices; such as yoga, medicinal herbs, aromatherapy, and more.  The NCCIH website provides safety guidelines for various natural remedies; that can prove invaluable to know before you begin a treatment.  The NCCIH provides excellent videos, audio, and infographics in their multimedia section as well.  Consequently, this website is a powerful, free resource you can consult to find information on alternative health topics.  The following list contains links to a few of the various resources available on the NCCIH website:

The Candida Genome Database provides genetic information regarding various species in the genus Candida.

Link: Candida Genome Database

The Candida Genome Database provides a lot of very technical information related to the genetics of various species of Candida. The information provided is in no way conveyed in a leisurely manner. Consulting this database may be superfluous for those not interested in a deep understanding of these fungal pathogens. And, if you are not a physician or natural health practitioner, it may very well be something that is not practical to invest time on. However, the tool is available for free, and anyone can use it. This tool is indeed quite powerful; and, can help explain some things listed in scientific studies regarding certain strains of Candida and their genomic references as well. The database is s funded by the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research at the US National Institutes of Health.

MedlinePlus is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, and provides a great deal of health related information.

Link: MedlinePlus

Provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus primarily explains various health conditions and treatment methods. Treatment methods covered on MedlinePlus include natural remedies, prescription medicines, and dietary practices. Safety measures, such as recommended dosages and possible drug interactions, for various types of drugs and natural medicines are also provided. The website does tend to favor synthetic pharmaceuticals over natural remedies; and, often leaves the healing efficacy of natural items at an ambiguous “maybe.” Yet, there are few places to go on the web that can provide you with very reasonable, conservative safety guidelines for how to use pharmacologically active substances.

An extensive Medical Encyclopedia provided by the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Link: University of Maryland Medical Encyclopedia

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) offers a free to use, medical encyclopedia that can be quite helpful. Although not every treatment and disease will be covered by this encyclopedia; quite a few topics are discussed. If the treatment or disease is well known, this is one possible place to get some questions answered. One interesting feature, of this resource, is the ability to see what various symptoms may indicate about your health.

Free videos from Candida Hub on Youtube.

Link: Candida Hub on Youtube

Although a lot of information is provided in our articles, if you would like a quick summation of a topic, our videos can help. The videos provided by Candida Hub cover topics quickly; and, can provide a bit more information than our writing on a topic will.