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ABC has just published its latest Market Report, which shows that herbal dietary supplement sales increased 4.5% in 2011 — the eighth consecutive year of rising sales. Read the report in the new issue of HerbalGram, also available online, to find out which herbs were the top-sellers.


Cordially, The American Botanical Council


HerbalGram 95, now available online,HG95 cover includes ABC’s Annual Herb Market Report, which shows an increase in herb sales by 4.5% in 2011 over 2010. The issue also features an overview of new research supporting the synthetic origin of DMAA, which some supplement manufacturers have alleged is derived from oil of geranium. Additional articles include research reviews on pelargonium and acute bronchitis in children, as well as curcumin for rheumatoid arthritis.

Featured Book


 September’s featured book excerpt comes from Chocolate: History, Culture, and Heritage edited by Louis Evan Grivetti and Howard-Yana Shapiro. The excerpt selected for readers of HerbalEGram includes the book’s title page, table of contents, foreword, preface, and Appendix 10, “Nutritional Properties of Cocoa,” by Robert Rucker. This voluminous work offers an in-depth look at many aspects of this popular food from its medicinal value to information on planting and production.

 ©2012 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Media Watch

We have tested the links of the following articles prior to publication; however, some news organizations remove stories and disable links at various times.

China Botanic to get Patent for Traditional Medicine. BioSpectrum Asia. 8-29-12. The Chinese government decided to grant China Botanic Pharmaceutical, Inc. a patent on enhancing the medicinal value of schisandra. 

State Changes Law on Ginseng. WSMV-TV. 8-29-12. Tennessee recently changed its state law to push the beginning of ginseng harvest season from August 18th to September 1st, and is proposing more changes.

Dietary Supplement Lowers Bad Cholesterol. 8-25-12. A French study on 39 participants found that a supplement containing red yeast rice, artichoke leaf extracts, and sugar cane extract decreased LDL cholesterol by 21.4%.

Daily Dose of Dark Chocolate May Help Lower Blood Pressure. National Public Radio. 8-15-12. A recent Cochrane Collaboration review of 20 studies concluded that consumption of dark chocolate or cocoa powder resulted in small reductions in blood pressure.


The History of Herbal Abortion Medicines. 8-10-12. During the early 1800s, prior to the invention of modern-day oral contraceptives, some women ingested toxic plants with the hope that they would work as abortifacients.

Mandatory Clinical Trials for Herbal Drugs Soon. Times of India. 8-9-12. India will soon require all patented herbal medicines to be supported by clinical trial evidence in order to obtain market approval. Executives Fined for Selling Steroids. Natural Products Insider. 8-2-12. The largest Internet supplement retailer in the world must pay $8.1 billion after the FDA discovered that the company was selling misbranded and illegal products.

Taiwan Introduces Herbal Medicine for Cancer-Related Fatigue. Central News Agency. 7-31-12. The health authority in Taiwan recently approved an expensive intravenous form of astragalus intended to give cancer patients increased energy.


September 13-16: 10th Annual Restorative Medicine Conference. San Diego, CA. 

September 21-22: Mechanism-Based Natural Product Development Conference. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.

October 19-21: 2012 American Herbalist Guild National Symposium. Seven Springs, PA. 

November 2-9: SupplySide West 2012. Las Vegas, NV.

More event listings are available on ABC's website.

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Echinacea purpureaEchinacea purpurea ©2012 Ulf Eliasson

UK and Irish Governments' Echinacea Warning CriticizedBy Lindsay Stafford Mader, HEG Staff. The decision from the MHRA and Irish Medicines Board, which now requires all echinacea products to feature a warning against use in children under 12, is being denounced by several herbal groups and a major echinacea product manufacturer for ignoring current safety evidence and several decades of experience.

Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) ©2012 Richard Bartz

American Medical Organizations Recommend Butterbur Root Extract for Migraine PreventionBy Tyler Smith, HEG Staff. The joint report published in the April 2012 issue of Neurology concludes that a proprietary extract of butterbur root is effective in reducing the frequency of episodic migraines.

Herbs Provide Sun Protection Benefits. By Lindsay Stafford Mader, HEG Staff. Even with the hottest summer temperatures behind us, the risk of sun-related skin damage persists through the fall and winter, and recent research suggests several herbal extracts may provide sun protection.

AHPA Adds Grapefruit Seed Extract to Known Adulterants List. By Tyler Smith, HEG Staff. The American Herbal Products Association recently added grapefruit seed extract to its “Known Adulterants” list, making it the 14th herb to be recognized by the trade association as having established potential adulterants.