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June 28-29: Focus Meeting for the Development of Reporting Guidelines for Controlled Trials of Botanical Medicines at Toronto University in Canada

June 30: Seminar on Developing an Adverse Event Reporting (AER) System for the Dietary Supplement Industry, in St. Paul, MN, sponsored by the Center for Dietary Supplement Safety at the University of Minnesota and the Utah Natural Products Alliance.

July 18-21: American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Conference in Austin, TX

July 31-Aug 4: American Society of Pharmacognosy International Congress on Natural Products Research in Phoenix, AZ

The American Botanical Council licenses the use of its educational content to many entities. From the professor who wants to use an article from HerbalGram or an HerbClip in teaching a class, to the company that wants thousands of copies of a reprint of an article published by ABC, to the agency that licenses ABC content for their website, ABC receives many requests for use of its content. Getting educational material to a variety of audiences helps ABC fulfill its mission, so we are eager to help organizations use this content. Educational materials include HerbalGram articles, HerbClip summaries and critical reviews, monographs from the Complete German Commission E Monographs and Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs, and chapters from The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs. In some cases, permission may be granted on a complimentary basis and in other cases it involves a licensing fee. Depending on the situation, a licensing agreement may be required. None of these conditions are intended to inhibit the use of the educational content.

Ideas for reuse of ABC educational content:

  1. Classroom use
    2. Distribution to an organization’s members
    3. Reprint in a publication such as a newsletter, magazine, or book
    4. Display on a public Internet or internal Intranet website
    5. Large quantity reprints for companies in the form of Third Party Literature, under the provisions of DSHEA

To request permission to use ABC materials, email the American Botanical Council or call 512-926-4900.

by Ben-Erik van Wyk and Michael Wink. 2004. A comprehensive guide to the best-known and most important medicinal plants. Includes descriptions of more than 320 plants and more than 700 color photographs to assist in plant identification. Each entry gives a short summary listing of plant description, geographical origin, therapeutic category, historical and modern uses, active ingredients, and pharmacological effects. Hardcover, 480 pp. $39.95. Item #B525.

by David Hoffmann, F.N.I.M.H., A.H.G. 2003. A foundational textbook on the scientific principles of therapeutic herbalism and their application in medicine. Includes the most up-to-date information on preparations, dosage, and contraindications. Contains information concerning identification and use of medicinal plants by chemical structure and physiological effect, the art and science of making herbal medicine, and the limitations and potentials of viewing herbs chemically. Hardcover, 672 pp. $60.00. Item #B526.

ABC is having a plant identification contest. The first three people to correctly identify the tree in question will receive a free copy of Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs CD-ROM. To view the photographs of the plant and learn how to enter the contest, visit http://www.herbalgram.org/default.asp?c=mystery_plant.

Thank you for your continued support of the American Botanical Council!

Welcome to the third issue of HerbalEGram, ABC’s email newsletter. This service was created to keep ABC members informed on ABC’s involvement in the herbal medicine movement. As this newsletter is a benefit of your ABC membership, we encourage you to send your suggestions and comments to HerbalEGram. As always, thank you for your membership and continued support of the American Botanical Council.

Some of our members have recently notified us that their email(s) to ABC have bounced back. In order to increase our efficiency and better serve our members, we recently installed a new virus and spam filter on our mail server. The filter screens all email and rejects any email that is “relayed” or has a virus. An example of a “relayed” email is as follows: If you have an email address at work or school and you try sending an email from your home (e.g., via AOL or RoadRunner), you are “relaying” from your home to work/school and then to ABC. The work-around solution is to use your ISP's SMTP server for outgoing e-mail. If this still presents a problem for you, kindly Contact Us and we will “white list” your email address. “White listing” means we configure our software to allow your email to come through our mail server. This is a routine process that is very common especially for mail servers used by colleges, universities, and corporate entities. Thank you for your patience.

HerbalGram

In May you should have received the current issue of HerbalGram (#62). We hope you found it interesting and useful. Here is a link to the online version http://www.herbalgram.org/herbalgram/. Enter your user name and password to open any of the protected articles. ABC illustrates at least one feature per issue in the online version. In this issue it is an article on lycopene and the role that it plays in human health. Here is a link directly to that feature with some of the photos from the print version: http://www.herbalgram.org/herbalgram/articleview.asp?a=2696.

Look for these topics in future issues of HerbalGram:

• A series of articles on botanical and chemical reference standards on plants for increased good manufacturing practices (GMPs)

• Traditional Australian aboriginal bush medicines

• World Health Organization's release of guidelines for sustainable collection and distribution of herbs

Events

Listed below are a few conferences of special interest. To view ABC’s complete calendar of events, visit http://www.herbalgram.org/default.asp?c=calendar. To list an event on ABC’s web calendar, email the American Botanical Council with the words “calendar listing” in the subject line and provide all the pertinent information.

July 19-August 6: Horticulture Therapy Intensive I August 9-August 20: Horticulture Therapy Intensive II

New York, NY. New York Botanical Garden. Will offer healthcare professionals, horticulture specialists, and students new to the field the technical knowledge and practical experience necessary to plan, execute, and evaluate horticultural therapy programs for special population groups. For more information, call Melissa Jackson at (718) 817-8845 or email mjackson@nybg.org.

July 26-August 3: An International Training Program on Essential Oils, Medicinal & Aromatic Plants: From Sourcing/Production to Product Development and From Quality to Health Properties.

A week-long intensive course covering essential oils, medicinal and aromatic plants, and science-driven marketing. Conducted by herb, spice and aromatic plant horticultural expert Prof. Jim Simon and various other herb experts. New Brunswick, NJ. Rutgers University. For more information visit http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/announce/ITP2004.pdf.

July 31-August 4: International Congress on Natural Products Research.

Glendale, AZ. A joint meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP), the Association Française pour l’Ensignement et la Recherche en Pharmacognosie (AFERP), the Gesellschaft für Arzneipflanzenforschung (GA), and the Phytochemical Society of Europe (PSE). Includes day-long workshops dedicated to pharmacognosy and botanical medicines. More information on the conference is available at www.phcog.org, or contact: Dr. David J. Slatkin, Midwestern University College of Pharmacy Glendale, 19555 N. 59th Avenue Glendale, AZ 85308. Ph: (623) 572-3500. Fax: (623) 572-3510.

HerbClip

The current HerbClip bin was released on June 16. Some of the topics addressed include: mild heart failure treated with extract of hawthorn berries, natural compounds and mucosal immunity, herbal baths of the ancients, and problems in the herb industry and some potential remedies for lackluster sales.

Two samples have been made available to all members: “Green Tea and Cancer Care” and “Ethnomedical Uses of Sangre de Drago (Croton lechleri) and Clinical Research”.

Notice to all members who receive the full HerbClip Educational Mailing Service

The May 31, 2004 HerbClip regarding “Kava Related Hepatoxicity—A Critical Overview” included an original article that did not correspond to the kava review discussed in the HerbClip. The correct original article will be sent to all HerbClip Educational Mailing Service recipients with the June 30, 2004 batch. We apologize for this inconvenience. If you are in need of the original article before receiving the June 30 mailing, please contact Kim West at 800-373-7105 or the Development Department.

If your membership level does not give you access to HerbClip online, you may want to upgrade. HerbClip Online is a searchable database of more than 2,300 critical reviews and summaries of contemporary herbal literature, and is available at some levels of membership. To have full access to HerbClip Online, contact Kim West at the Development Department or 800-373-7105. To find out more about HerbClip Online, to see what is in the current bin, or to view more than 50 free samples, visit HerbClip.

Health Claims for Foods and Dietary Supplements: Regulatory History and Summary with a Focus on Qualified Health Claims

By Rakesh Amin

At present, claims for conventional foods and/or dietary supplements fall into three categories: health claims, nutrient content claims, and structure/function claims. Health claims include statements that describe a relationship between a food or dietary supplement ingredient and its effect in reducing the risk of a disease or health-related condition. Health claims must be approved by the FDA before they can be used on labeling or in marketing materials. There are three ways in which a health claim may be used in food or dietary supplement labeling. They include NLEA-authorized health claims, health claims based on authoritative statements, and qualified health claims.

Qualified health claims are allowed when there is enough evidence to show a relationship between a food or dietary supplement and a reduced risk of disease or health-related condition. The evidence required for qualified health claims is not sufficient to meet the SSA standard. On a qualified health claim, qualifying language must be included as part of the claim to show that the evidence doesn’t meet the SSA standard and that the evidence in itself is limited. There are currently eight qualified health claims that have been approved by the FDA.

Read the rest of the article here.