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American Botanical Council Announces Recipients of James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award

Editor’snote:ThepreviousversionofthispressreleasemisstatedthenumberofcopiessoldofthefirsteditionofPrinciplesandPracticeofPhytotherapy.Approximately40,000copiesofthetexthavebeensoldworldwide,not7,000asoriginallystated.

(AUSTIN,Texas,Feb.26,2014)ThenonprofitAmericanBotanicalCouncil(ABC)ispleasedtoannouncethattwoauthorswillbejointrecipientsofthisyear’sJamesA.DukeExcellenceinBotanicalLiteratureAward.Co-authors,herbalists,clinicians,andresearchersKerryBoneandSimonMillswillreceiveABC’s2013awardforthesignificantlyrevisedandupdatededitionoftheirinternationallyrenownedherbalmedicineclinicalpracticeguide, PrinciplesandPracticeofPhytotherapy:ModernHerbalMedicine,2ndedition(ChurchillLivingstone,2013). TheABCJamesA.DukeExcellenceinBotanicalLiteratureAwardwascreatedin2006inhonorofnotedeconomicbotanistandauthorJamesA.Duke,PhD.OverthecourseofhislongandprestigiouscareerineconomicbotanyandethnobotanyattheUnitedStatesDepartmentofAgriculture(USDA),Dr.Dukeauthoredmorethan30 referenceandconsumerbooks.Heisalsoaco-foundingmemberofABC’sBoardofTrusteesandcurrentlyservesasDirectorEmeritus.TheDukeAwardisgivenannuallytoabookorbooksthatprovideasignificantcontributiontoliteratureinthefieldsofbotany,taxonomy,ethnobotany,phytomedicine,andotherdisciplinesrelatedtothevastfieldofmedicinalplants. In2011,duetothediversityofqualitybooksrelatedtomedicinalplants,ABCcreatedtwodistinctcategoriesfortheJamesA.DukeAward:reference/technicalandconsumer/popular.However,dependingonavarietyoffactors,ABCmayormaynotchoosetodesignaterecipientsforbothcategorieseachyear.PrinciplesandPracticeofPhytotherapy iswidelyregardedasthefirstcomprehensive,science-basedguideforherbalmedicinepractitioners.“Fromourworkaseducatorswerecognizedtheneedforherbalcliniciansandstudentstohaveamoderntextthatbalancedbothtraditionalpracticesandmodernevidence,”saidBone,co-founderanddirectorofresearchanddevelopmentatMediHerb,andanAustralia-basedmedicalherbalistwithmorethan25yearsofexperience.“Itreallywasthefirsttextthataddressedourownneedsintheclinic:howdoweformulateforanindividualwhoisaskingforhelpinfrontofus?”saidMills,managingdirectorofSustainCareintheUnitedKingdomandsecretaryoftheEuropeanScientificCooperativeonPhytotherapy(ESCOP),amultinationalconsortiumofEuropeanexpertsinherbsandmedicinalplants.“Aswedidnothaveareference,wehadtowriteoneourselves!Itisstilldistinctiveforthisreason.”BoneandMills—whohavebeencolleaguessince1981whentheymetattheSchoolofHerbalMedicineintheUnitedKingdom—previouslyco-authored TheEssentialGuidetoHerbalSafety (ChurchillLivingstone),whichwastherecipientoftheinauguralABCJamesA.DukeExcellenceinBotanicalLiteratureAwardfor2005.AsDr.Dukenoted,BoneandMills—whohaveacombined50-plusyearsofexperienceaspracticingherbalists—haveareputationforproducingqualityherbalmedicine-relatedwork.“Theauthorsare…meticulouslyscholarly,”hesaid.“I,asarogueherbalistintheherbalcommunity,havelongheldtheminhighregard.”Sincethepublicationofthefirsteditionof PrinciplesandPracticeofPhytotherapy in1999,morethan40,000copieshavebeensoldworldwideandithasbecomeanessentialcomponentofmanyrespected,upper-levelphytotherapyprograms,includingthoseattheMarylandUniversityofIntegrativeHealth(formerlyTaiSophiaInstitute),theUniversityofReadingintheUnitedKingdom,andtheEndeavourCollegeofNaturalHealthinAustralia.Containingmorethan1000pagesofpractical,thoroughlyreferencedinformation,theneweditionofPrinciplesandPracticeofPhytotherapy hasbeenextensivelyupdatedwiththemostrelevantscientificandclinicaldatafromthepast15years.Significantrevisionsweremadetosectionsonpharmacodynamicsandpharmacokinetics,safetyandherb-druginteractions,andherbaltreatmentforchronicdiseasestates.Inparticular,thesecondeditioncontainssixnewherbalmonographs,discussionsofmanyadditionalconditionssuchasasthma,migraines,andprostatecancer,andinnovativehypothesesonherbaltherapiesforinflammationandautoimmunedisease.“Biomedicalscienceisnowvalidatingandelaboratingmanyofthetraditionalinsightsofherbalists/naturaltherapists regardingthecauseandtreatmentofdisease,”notedBone.“Sothereisamuchbetterbiomedicalunderpinningofthethingswedoandteachinclinicalpractice….Allof[thisis]reflectedinthesecondedition.”“[T]herehasbeenanexplosionofinformationinthelast15years,”addedMills.“However,mostofitislaboratorybasedandofvaryingrelevancetothepractitioner.Ourmainchallengehasbeentowadethroughallthisnewmaterialandprocessitforclinicalrelevance.”“Theauthorsareabletoembracetraditionalherbaluseandrespectsciencerelatedtoherbalmedicine,”saidStevenFoster,chairofABC’sBoardofTrustees.“Sincethefirsteditionappeared14yearsago,scientificunderstandingofherbactionsandusehasevolvedtoprovidepracticalinformationfortheclinicianwhichisreflectedinthesepages.” Inaforewordtothenewedition,ABCFounderandExecutiveDirectorMarkBlumenthal—whorecusedhimselffromtheselectionprocessduetohiscontributiontothetext—similarlypraisedBoneandMill’sbalancedpresentationoftraditionalherbalknowledgewithmodernclinicalevidence.“Theseauthorsareeminentlyqualifiedtoconveythisinformation,andtheydosoinalucid,non-dogmatic,rationalmanner,”hewrote.PastrecipientsoftheJamesA.DukeExcellenceinBotanicalLiteratureAwardincludethefollowing: MedicinalPlantsandtheLegacyofRichardE.Schultes byBruceE.PonmanandRainerW.Bussmann(MissouriBotanicalGarden)inthereference/technicalcategoryand SmokeSignals byMartinA.Lee(Scribner)intheconsumer/popularcategoryin2012; HealingSpices byBharatB.Aggarwal,PhD,(SterlingPublishing)intheconsumer/popularcategoryandtheAmericanHerbalPharmacopoeia’s BotanicalPharmacognosy (CRCPress)inthereference/technicalcategoryin2011; BotanicalMedicineforWomen’sHealth byAvivaRomm,MD,(ChurchillLivingstone)in2010; AnOakSpringHerbaria byLuciaTongiorgiTomasiandTonyWillis(OakSpringGardenLibrary)in2009; Mabberley'sPlant-Book,3rdedition,byDavidJ.Mabberley(CambridgeUniversityPress)in2008;GoogleBookSearchin2007; MedicinalSpices byEberhardTeuscher(MedPharmScientificPublishers)in2006;and TheEssentialGuidetoHerbalSafety bySimonMillsandKerryBone(ChurchillLivingstone)in2005.PrinciplesandPracticeofPhytotherapy:ModernHerbalMedicine,2ndedition,canbepurchasedfor$125.00throughthe ABCe-Store andotheronlineretailers.(ABCmembersreceiveadiscount.)TheABCJamesA.DukeExcellenceinBotanicalLiteratureAwardwillbepresentedtoBoneandMillsatthe9thAnnualABCBotanicalCelebrationandAwardsCeremonyonMarch6inAnaheim,California.TheABCeventoccursduringtheNEXTInnovationSummit(formerlyNutracon)nutrition,naturalproducts,anddietarysupplementsconferenceandNaturalProductsExpoWest. TheABCBotanicalCelebrationandAwardsCeremonyisunderwrittenbygenerouscontributionsfromthefollowingmembersoftheherb,dietarysupplement,andnaturalproductsindustry(i.e.,rawmaterialsuppliers,supplementandteamanufacturers,analyticallaboratories,alawfirm,aninsurer,amediacompany,andatradeorganization):

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