(AUSTIN, Texas, December 6, 2016) The American Botanical Council (ABC) recognizes wellness company Naturopathica for its adoption of arnica (Arnica montana) through ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb program. This program provides support to ABC’s HerbMedPro database, a comprehensive, interactive online tool that provides access to important scientific and clinical research data on the uses and health effects of more than 250 popular herbs.
Naturopathica, a wellness company with healing arts centers, skin and body care products, herbal remedies, and holistic health treatments, was the first company to support the Adopt-an-Herb program upon its launch in 2009. The company sells numerous botanical-based products, including three that contain arnica flower extract: Arnica Muscle & Joint Gel, Alpine Arnica Bath & Body Oil, and Mighty Mint Rescue Cream. Through Naturopathica’s ongoing support, ABC ensures that new, up-to-date scientific publications related to arnica are entered into the extensive HerbMedPro database.
“ABC is deeply grateful to Naturopathica for its support of ABC’s nonprofit educational mission by adopting arnica in ABC’s robust HerbMedPro database,” said ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal. “Naturopathica’s adoption allows ABC to ensure that the arnica record is up-to-date with the latest scientific and clinical research papers, just shortly after they are published, so researchers and others can access the totality of arnica-based research in a unique, time-saving organized format in HerbMedPro.”
Arnica montana, also known as European arnica, is a member of the daisy family (Asteraceae) and is native to Europe. Historically, arnica preparations have been used externally for their anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, skin-conditioning, and muscle pain-reducing properties. Although there are some traditional internal uses for arnica, preparations of the herb are almost exclusively used externally, with the exception of certain highly diluted homeopathic products.
The species contains a variety of phytochemicals, including alkaloids, flavonoids, terpenoids, coumarins, and carotenoids. Modern human clinical trials have focused largely on the herb’s anti-inflammatory effects, and recent studies support the ability of topical arnica preparations to reduce bruising and relieve the severity and duration of osteoarthritis symptoms.
Naturopathica is 21st Century Wellness. The company empowers personal transformation with its healing arts centers, remedies, and rituals. Founder and product architect Barbara Close, a lifelong practitioner of natural health, creates skin care and body care products, herbal remedies, and holistic health treatments that support individuals on their path to wellbeing. Close has a master’s degree in therapeutic herbalism from the Maryland University of Integrative Health and holds credentials in esthetics, advanced massage, and aromatherapy. Today, Naturopathica can be discovered through its Healing Art Centers & Spas in East Hampton and New York City, New York, its spa partners, and online at www.naturopathica.com.
About Adopt-an-Herb and HerbMedPro
Naturopathica is one of 40 companies that have supported ABC’s educational efforts to collect, organize, summarize, and disseminate reliable, traditional, science-based, and clinical information on herbs, medicinal plants, and other botanical- and fungal-based ingredients through the Adopt-an-Herb program. This program encourages companies, organizations, and individuals to “adopt” one or more specific herbs for inclusion and ongoing maintenance in the HerbMedPro database. To date, 45 herbs have been adopted.
Each adopted herb is continuously researched for new scientific articles and pharmacological, toxicological, and clinical studies, ensuring that its HerbMedPro record stays current and robust. The result is an unparalleled resource not only for researchers, health professionals, industry, students, and consumers, but for all members of the herbal and dietary supplements community.
HerbMedPro is available to ABC members at the Academic level and higher. Its “sister” site, HerbMed, is free and available to the general public. In keeping with ABC’s position as an independent research and education organization, herb adopters do not influence the scientific information that is compiled for their respective adopted herbs.