Membership contributions allow ABC to achieve its mission to provide education using science-based and traditional information to promote the responsible use of herbal medicine. In addition to a major source of funding for the resources ABC produces, membership is a way for ABC to get information out to large numbers of people and for them to participate in a meaningful way with ABC.
Membership benefits and services have been expanded recently in a number of ways. One of the most exciting new benefits is online access to HerbMedPro™, an interactive resource that provides hyperlink access to categorized scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. Through a cooperative arrangement with the Alternative Medicine Foundation, it is now available to ABC members at the Academic level and above. HerbMedPro™ enables simple keyword searches which may include herb names, particular chemicals or other substances, health issues, research journals, authors, or specific articles. This unique database permits users to navigate through herbal resources found in PubMed, among others, and provides additional information and searching capabilities.
Members who join or renew at the Academic, Professional, and Organization levels now receive a free copy of Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs on CD-ROM. This complete electronic version of the book allows quick navigation to different sections of each herb chapter.
All members now receive discounts on ethnobotanical tours offered through HealthQuest Travel. This new benefit gives members a trip discount equal to their membership dues up to $150. More information on these discounts and the different trips offered by HealthQuest Travel is available on page 9 or by contacting Stacy Elliott at <the American Botanical Council> or 800/373-7105 ext. 101.
New services have been added to the ABC website to facilitate communication between ABC and members, and make it easier for members to access online information. The updated website now allows new members to access members-only sections immediately upon enrollment. Members may now also renew, update their contact information, and change their username and password online.
More information on ABC membership levels and detailed lists of benefits are printed on page 2 or contact Kim West at <the Development Department> or 800/373-7105.
- Kim West