AUSTIN, Texas (August 10, 2016) — The American Botanical Council (ABC) acknowledges the generous support of Nature’s Way for ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb program. Nature’s Way, a premier supplement manufacturer and member of the Schwabe Group, has adopted five herbs on ABC HerbMedPro database: black cohosh (Actaea racemosa), hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), umckaloabo (Pelargonium sidoides), lavender (Lavandula spp.), and ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba). Nature’s Way’s adoptions ensure that new scientific publications for these herbs are entered into the HerbMedPro database in a timely manner and that the research on these herbs in HerbMedPro is up to date.
HerbMedPro is a comprehensive, interactive online database that provides access to important scientific and clinical research data on the uses and health effects of over 250 herbs.
“ABC is deeply grateful to Nature’s Way for its long-standing and strong support for herb and phytomedicinal research,” said Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of ABC. “Nature’s Way and its parent company, Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals in Germany, are recognized world leaders in medicinal plant research, being the first-ever company to receive ABC’s prestigious Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award in 2007. Nature’s Way’s/Schwabe’s research and education commitment help to benefit millions of people who look to clinically tested phytomedicines for self-care and in health care.”
The botanicals supported by Nature’s Way include some of the most popular herbal remedies on the market. Their uses are varied: black cohosh is popular for menopausal support in older women; hawthorn leaf and flower extract is recognized for its cardiotonic benefits; the South African herb umckaloabo root strengthens the immune system and supports recovery from colds and upper respiratory infections; lavender flower essential oil can be applied topically, inhaled through aromatherapy, or taken internally for relief from anxiety; and ginkgo leaf standardized extract is one of the most well-known herbs on the market, famous for its circulatory and cognitive-enhancing properties.
About Nature’s Way
Since its founding in 1968, Nature’s Way has sought to balance traditional knowledge with scientific advancements. It was the first major supplement company in the United States to be certified as an organic processor and certified by TRU-ID, an independent authenticity testing program. The company also is certified by the Non-GMO Project and NSF International. In 2000, Nature’s Way integrated with Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals, a global leader in plant-based medicine.
About Adopt-an-Herb and HerbMedPro
Nature’s Way is one of 40 companies that have supported ABC’s educational efforts to collect, organize, 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, 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 the 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.