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Villagers in Sagaing Region, Myanmar.
©2018 Chuck Peters


Sustainable Harvest of Wild Plant Populations

By Charles M. Peters, PhD

Botanicals sourced from wild populations typically have higher levels of secondary metabolites, and these populations are often more resilient and genetically diverse than cultivated plants. However, the potential for overexploitation of wild-harvested plants is a significant concern that deserves careful study, as guest author Chuck Peters, PhD, explains in this article



Daucus carota subsp. sativus
©2018 Steven Foster


Food as Medicine Update: Carrot (Daucus carota subsp. sativus, Apiaceae)

By Hannah Bauman and Kathryn MacLean

The common carrot has been used as both a food and a medicine for centuries. The root vegetable contains an array of beneficial phytochemicals, such as beta-carotene, lycopene, and quercetin, and in vitro research suggests that carrot preparations may have cytotoxic, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. This article, originally published in the December 2014 issue of HerbalEGram, has been updated to reflect the most current research on the potential health benefits of carrotRead more >>



Celebrate HerbDay with ABC on Saturday, May 5, 2018.


In Memoriam: Peter Gail (1939-2018)

By Hannah Bauman

HerbalGram Associate Editor Hannah Bauman explores the life and accomplishments of the late Peter Gail, PhD, the so-called “King of Dandelions.” Gail was a researcher, professor, and advocate of incorporating edible weeds and other wild plants into the human diet


Herb Profile:
Psyllium (Plantago spp.)

Systematic Review: Ivy Leaf Extracts

Research Review:
Korean Red Ginseng & HIV

Book Review:
Medicinal Plants of the World

Did you know? HerbalGram is available in three digital formats: PDF, page-flip, and HTML.

Featured Book
Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 1, was written by Jill Stansbury and published in 2018 by Chelsea Green Publishing. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, and the introduction, "Capturing the Wisdom."

 This text is the first in a five-volume set of formularies, organized by body system, to serve as a reference manual for health professionals. Volume 1 focuses on digestion and elimination, including the gastrointestinal system, liver, and gallbladder, urinary system, and the skin. The formulas include combinations from Western folklore, traditional Chinese medicine, and Stansbury's own recipes from her years of practice. Bursting with detail, each chapter allows physicians, herbalists, and other naturopathic practitioners to develop the intuition and ability to create safe, effective herbal formulas for many conditions.

 This excerpt is adapted from Dr. Jill Stansbury's book Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 1. (©2018 Chelsea Green) and is printed with permission from the publisher.
Media Watch
Orangutans Use Plant Extracts to Treat Pain. Scientific American. April 6, 2018. After observing orangutans for more than 20,000 hours, researchers reported the animals' topical use of Dracaena cantleyi to relieve pain — the first example of such behavior seen in an animal.

Genomics: Riding the Future Wave of Supplements. New Hope Network. April 4, 2018. New Hope provides video highlights of a presentation from Expo West that explores the up-and-coming field of personalized nutrition.

Gherkin Extract Improved Exercise Performance Compared to Placebo, Says Manufacturer-Backed Study. NutraIngredients. April 3, 2018. Authors of a randomized, controlled clinical trial found that subjects taking a cucumber extract had significantly improved exercise performance compared to those taking a placebo.

Brain-Health Nootropic Supplements Growing in Sports Nutrition. Nutritional Outlook. April 4, 2018. Increasingly, sports nutrition supplements are being marketed not only for improved physical performance, but also for enhanced cognitive function.

FACT CHECK: Calif. Judge Rules Coffee Must Come With A Cancer Warning, But Should It? NPR. March 30, 2018. Critics are pushing back against a judge’s ruling that coffee companies should warn consumers about acrylamide, a potentially carcinogenic compound in coffee that is produced during the roasting process.

The Medicine Woman: Emory Researcher Takes Up Fight Against Superbugs. WABE Atlanta. March 28, 2018. Emory ethnobotanist Cassandra Quave is leading the search for plant-based compounds that may help treat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.

Pot and Politics: Investigating Barriers to Medical Marijuana Legalization. Harvard Political Review. March 27, 2018. Bureaucratic barriers, “big pharma,” and law enforcement lobbying are three of the main barriers hindering medicinal cannabis research in the United States, according to the author of this review.

The Erosion of Predictability: Climate Change and the Botanical Supply Chain. NutraIngredients-USA. March 22, 2018. Shifting harvest periods, chemical changes in plants, and reduced yields are just a few ways in which climate change is impacting  botanicals.

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Community And Industry Releases

Senate Leader Plans To Spearhead Federal Hemp Reform.
NORML. April 5, 2018.

UNPA Announces MOU Partnership Agreement with the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Medicines and Health Products.
United Natural Products Association. April 5, 2018.

FDA Orders Mandatory Recall for Kratom Products Due to Risk of Salmonella.
US Food & Drug Administration. April 3, 2018.

Research Continues to Show Benefits of Cannabis in Fighting the Opioid Crisis.
Americans for Safe Access. April 3, 2018.

AOAC Leads Way for New Standards and Methods for Infant Formula, Food Safety, Dietary Supplements, and Alternative Methods.
 AOAC International. March 28, 2018.

AHPA Comments to FWS Provide Recommendations for CITES.
American Herbal Products Association. March 27, 2018.

FDA's Increased Intelligence of Tainted Products is Commendable, But Only if It Leads to Enforcement Action.
Council for Responsible Nutrition. March 27, 2018.

New Analysis Supports Health Claims for Soy Protein and Heart Disease.
Natural Products Association. March 20, 2018.

Updated AHPA Primer on Product Liability Insurance for the Dietary Supplement Industry.
American Herbal Products Association. March 19, 2018.

Review: Adjunctive Use Of Cannabinoids Efficacious In Patients With Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy.
 NORML. March 15, 2018.

Local Authorities and Communities Celebrate Success of Wild Plant Collection Initiative.
TRAFFIC. March 15, 2018.

Kew Launches 10-Year Plan to Share its Collections and Help Secure Future of the Planet.
 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. March 14, 2018.


Inaugural Inova Integrative & Functional Medicine Conference. April 14, 2018. Fairfax, Virginia.

NHPRS Annual Conference. May 14-18, 2018. Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Vitafoods Europe. May 15-17, 2018. Geneva, Switzerland.

International Horticultural Congress. Aug. 12-16, 2018. Istanbul, Turkey.

5th Annual Traditional Roots Conference. May 18-20, 2018. Portland, Oregon.

SupplySide China. June 28-30. Guangzhou, China.

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

Herbal IQ

Farmers have voiced concern about the potential negative effects of Chinese tariffs on various US products, including this energizing herb. Can you name it? Find out here!