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SMITHSONIAN AND ABC SPONSOR HERBAL MEDICINE CONFERENCE.
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"Nature's Pharmacy: the Power to Heal," a conference on herbal medicine and drug discovery from plants, was held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. on May 5 and 6, 1995. The conference was organized by Smithsonian Associates, the nonprofit educational division of the Smithsonian Institution, and the American Botanical Council.

Presenters included Dr. James A. Duke (U.S.D.A.), Dr. Peter Goldman (Harvard University), Dr. John Riddle (North Carolina State University), Dr. Freddie Ann Hoffman (FDA), Dr. James McChesney (University of Mississippi), Loren Israelson (attorney), Rosita Arvigo (Ix Chel Research Center, Belize), and Mark Blumenthal (ABC). The conference was organized and moderated by Dr. Andrew Parfitt (NIH).

"Interest in herbs is becoming a national obsession," said Blumenthal, the conference co-sponsor. "The retail market is booming." Blumenthal noted that herb use by the general public may be much higher than previously thought by health officials.

Partial funding for ABC's co-sponsorship was made possible by donations from the following herb manufacturers: Celestial Seasonings, Boulder, Colorado; Enzymatic Therapy, Green Bay, Wisconsin; Indena, Seattle, Washington; Nature's Way, Springville, Utah; Shaperite Concepts, Salt Lake City, Utah; and SunSource, Kihei, Hawaii.

A full report of the conference will be published in the next issue of HerbalGram, No. 35.

Article copyright American Botanical Council.