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©2017 Stefan Gafner


From Bog to Box: A Visit to a Cranberry Production Site

By Stefan Gafner, PhD
ABC Chief Science Officer Stefan Gafner, PhD, provides photos of a recent cranberry harvest in Quebec, Canada, and an overview of the fruit's history of use. Cranberries are a popular fruit in North America, and tribes native to the area introduced European colonists to the berries as a source of both food and medicine. In modern times, cranberry fruit and extracts are well-known preventive agents against urinary tract infections. Read more >>



Scutellaria baicalensis root
©2017 BRCCM


Appalachian Herb Growers Consortium: Fostering US-Based Chinese Herb Cultivation

By Karen Raterman
Established in 2014, the Appalachian Herb Growers Consortium encourages farmers in the Appalachian Mountain region of southwestern Virginia to sustainably grow and harvest herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine formulas. This program adds much-needed economic development to the area and provides local herbal practitioners with reliable and authentic herbal material. Read more >>



Carya illinoinensis
©2017 Dobbi


Food as Medicine: Pecan (Carya illinoinensis, Juglandaceae)

By Hannah Bauman and Haley Royer
The pecan nut has earned its place at the table as an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamin E, and essential fatty acids. Modern research has linked increased nut consumption with lower levels of cholesterol and a reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Despite the pecan’s high fat content, it has also been shown to have a low impact on weight gain when consumed in moderation. Read more >>


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Featured Book
Medicinal Plants of the World cover  
Medicinal Plants of the World, revised edition, was written by Ben-Erik van Wyk and Michael Wink and published in 2017 by CABI. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, preface, introduction, and a selection of plant profiles.

In the revised edition of Medicinal Plants of the World, first published in 2004, authors van Wyk and Wink have added profiles of 30 new plant species, new and improved full-color photography, and updates regarding the legal status of certain plants. This encyclopedia remains a user-friendly reference guide to plants and natural products derived from them. Each of the more than 350 plants profiled is given a short overview that describes geographic origin, known pharmacological activity, evidence of efficacy and safety, and history of use. The authors also provide information on the various health conditions for which medicinal plants are used, the active compounds found in the plants, and their modes of actions.

Medicinal Plants of the World can be purchased from the publisher’s website. ©2017, CABI. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.
Media Watch

Forest Farming Seen as Sustainable Alternative to Wildcrafting. NutraIngredients-USA. November 14, 2017. A university-led coalition is promoting the environmental and supply-chain benefits of forest farming, in which botanicals are grown in small plots in their native forest habitats.

Study Lists Foods for Fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms and Progression. EurekAlert! November 8, 2017. A comprehensive review has identified certain foods, including ginger, turmeric, and pomegranate, that have been shown to help improve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Botanical and Herbal Innovations to Dominate 2018’s Top Food Trends. FoodNavigator-Asia. November 7, 2017. Whole Foods Market has announced its predictions for 2018 food trends, which include botanical-related themes such as “floral flavors,” “super powders,” and “functional mushrooms.”

FDA Warns Companies Against Claims That Marijuana Cures DiseasesThe New York Times. November 1, 2017. The FDA warned three companies in early November for including therapeutic claims for cancer on their marijuana-based dietary supplements.

Artificial Intelligence Uncovers Anti-aging Plant Extracts. EurekAlert! October 31, 2017. An artificial intelligence program, which employs powerful computer simulations of metabolic pathways, has identified three promising anti-aging botanical extracts.

How Nicholas Culpeper Brought Medicine to the PeopleSmithsonian Magazine. October 18, 2017. This brief article explores the motivations and influences of the 17th-century physician Nicholas Culpeper, whose text The English Physician helped popularize herbalism.

Birthwort Cancer Risk: People Are Still Eating One of the Most Dangerous Plants on Earth as a Traditional Medicine. Newsweek. October 18, 2017. Researchers have linked a type of liver cancer in Taiwanese patients to a rare genetic mutation that is associated with the consumption of birthwort.

Community And Industry Releases

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD on FDA Advisory about Deadly Risks Associated with Kratom. US FDA. November 14, 2017. [Read more about kratom in this feature from HerbalGram issue 112.]

Report: Domestic Hemp Production More Than Doubles in Past Year. NORML. November 9, 2017.

Trade Associations Issue Joint Press Release in Support of FDA Action on SARMs. UNPA. November 8, 2017.

Medical Marijuana Study: 70 Percent of CBD Products Inaccurately Labelled. Americans for Safe Access. November 7, 2017.

Conservation through Cultivation: Forest Grown Verification for the Profitable Production of Medicinal Herbs. UpS. October 31, 2017.

AHPA Publishes Guidance on Foreign Matter Limits in Herbal Ingredients. AHPA. October 30, 2017.

AHPA Updates Guidance on Regulatory and Liability Implications for Herbal Products Under CA Prop 65. AHPA. October 30, 2017.

Five Chinese Citizens and Four Chinese Companies Indicted in Scheme to Sell Mislabeled Dietary Supplements. US Department of Justice. October 25, 2017.

UNPA Announces In-house Education and Training for Food and Supplement Companies. UNPA. October 23, 2017.

Dietary Supplement Usage Increases, Says New Survey. CRN. October 19, 2017.

Joint Commission Calls for Hospitals to Provide Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Pain. NUHS. October 17, 2017.

CRN Announces Supplement OWL Advisory Board. CRN. October 17, 2017.

Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island Have Added Naturopathic Medicine as a Regulated Healthcare Practice. AANP. October 8, 2017.


SOHO EXPO. December 2-3, 2017. Kissimmee, Florida.

24th International Conference: Kayachikitsa and Panchakarma. December 23-24, 2017. Belagavi, Karnataka, India.

An Ethnobotanical Journey to Hawaii: Traditional Healing and Plant Medicine on the Big Island. January 13-22, 2018. Big Island, Hawaii.

The Mexican Healthy Products Summit. January 26-28, 2018. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

2018 Food as Medicine Symposium. February 10-11, 2018. Portland, Oregon.

Integrative Healthcare Symposium Annual Conference. February 22-24, 2018. New York, New York.

More event listings can be found on ABC's website.

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