Mobile Apps & Resources: About Herbs


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  • In the ‘Usability’ section, we assess the organization of information and other usability factors that may contribute to user experience

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About Herbs


About Herbs

Version reviewed


Device & OS used

iPhone 6s, iOS 12.4.1

Date of review

October 22, 2019

Reviewers Courtney Ellsworth & Susanne King-Jones
Technician Support Melanie Belliveau



Image Source: About Herbs, Apple App Store. ​Retrieved on November 18, 2019 from:


Stated Purpose  

In this app, our Integrative Medicine Service — under the leadership of a pharmacist and botanicals expert — provides comprehensive, objective information about herbs, botanicals, supplements, complementary therapies, and more. Each topic has a clinical (professional) summary and a consumer (layperson) summary. For each topic mechanisms of action, warnings, contraindications, adverse events, and drug-herb interactions are listed. 

More than 200 monographs describing the structure, purported uses, adverse effects, and drug interactions of various herbs, botanicals, supplements, complementary therapies, and more. The consumer summaries have a “purported uses” section.


​Browse alphabetically, search, bookmark, professional and consumers. Easy to use, beautiful design 



Patients and health professionals, public. 

Oncology and general


Can be used by professionals and patients

Part 1: Editorial committee, content updates, and evidence grading

The app is relatively basic without a grading system. Nonetheless, we both like the app and think it is very useful because the content is evidence based, trustworthy, high quality, regularly updated, and easy to access.

Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries

We would have preferred a more transparent approach to authorship but the content is well researched, professionally written and frequently updated. All entries follow the same structure (protocol), they are consistent and comprehensive. 

Organization of information

You have to know what you are looking for. No autocorrect.


The icons/links for each item are large and clear.


Bookmarks are available.

User Account required: No

Internet connection required for use: No

Text search field: No

Browsable content: No; A-Z list

Advertisements: No

Pop-up advertisements: No

In-app purchases: No



Compatible with iPad, Phone, and iPod touch devices.  Requires Apple iOS 8.0 or later.  Last updated (as per App store listing): app version 1.3 (updated October 2019).

Compatible with Android: A web app version for all other mobile devices is also available


56.2 MB                                                                                                                                                         

App Developer

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Service

Country of Origin



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