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The Top 10 HerbalEGram Stories of 2019

By ABC Staff
The HerbalEGram editors take a look back at the most popular stories of the year, as determined by the readers. Revisit the top articles of 2019, which cover a diverse range of topics including federal cannabis regulation, a confiscated iboga plant, and several installments from the ongoing Food as Medicine series. Read more >>






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Herb Profile: Guayusa (Ilex guayusa, Aquifoliaceae)

By Josef Brinckmann and Thomas Brendler
This member of the holly family, native to Central and South America, has been used as a sacred and medicinal plant since at least 500 BCE. In modern applications, guayusa is attracting interest for its caffeine content, triterpenoids, and antioxidant capacity. In this herb profile, the authors report on guayusa’s history of use, current authorized uses, modern research, and future outlook. Read more >>


In Case You Missed It:

American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Publishes Boneset Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium. By Connor Yearsley. December 2019.

Food as Medicine: European Plum (Prunus domestica, Rosaceae). By Jenny Perez. November 2019.

Conference Report: GA Pre-Conference Workshop on Economic Adulteration of Botanical Ingredients. By Stefan Gafner, PhD. October 2019.






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Mushrooms of the Gulf Coast cover  
Mushrooms of the Gulf Coast States: A Field Guide to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida was written by Alan E. Bessette, Arleen F. Bessette, and David P. Lewis and published in 2019 by University of Texas Press. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, preface, and introduction.

Mushrooms of the Gulf Coast States is a user-friendly field guide that features more than 1,000 common and lesser-known species — some of which are being illustrated in color for the first time.

Using physical characteristics and a color key, readers can learn about the numerous species of mushrooms encountered in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Each entry includes information on edibility or toxicity, and the text also adds detailed instructions for collecting, cleaning, testing, preserving, and cooking wild mushrooms. Providing encyclopedic knowledge that fits in a backpack, Mushrooms of the Gulf Coast States will appeal to a wide audience, from professional mycologists to amateur mushroom hunters. 

Mushrooms of the Gulf Coast States can be purchased from the publisher. ©2019 University of Texas Press. This excerpt has been reprinted with permission and may not be used for any other purpose.



Media Watch
Chinese Herbal May Be Chemoprotective Against Colorectal Cancer. MedPage Today. January 13, 2020. The results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial indicate that berberine could significantly decrease the risk of recurrence of colorectal adenomas, and researchers recommend further study of its mechanisms of action.

High Anxiety: Proposed US Hemp Rules Worry Industry. Associated Press. January 13, 2020. Following years of record growth and a popularity boom for CBD, hemp growers now worry that a draft regulation involving THC levels could destroy an estimated 20% of hemp lots.

How the Ginkgo biloba Achieves Near-Immortality. Science. January 13, 2019. The remarkable ginkgo tree doesn’t slow down with age — according to a genetic study done on 34 healthy Chinese trees, indicators of tree health remained the same in trees ranging from three to 667 years old.

Demand for Ginseng Is Creating a ‘Wild West’ in Appalachia. National Geographic. January 9, 2020. International demand for American ginseng has tensions in its native Appalachia high, as landowners battle poachers and involve law enforcement.

Botanical Science: TCM Plant Extract Library & Chamomile for Skin Disorders. Nutraceuticals World. January 7, 2020. The American Herbal Products Association has compiled recent research on botanicals and plant compounds published in peer-reviewed journals.

Sweeping Changes Proposed to Dietary Supplement Notification System. Natural Products INSIDER. January 3, 2020. A paper recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine has suggested closing a loophole that allows manufacturers to market a new dietary supplement ingredient without providing safety documentation.

Here’s What We Really Know About CBD’s Benefits. Futurity. January 3, 2020. An associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Johns Hopkins discusses his research on CBD, one of the non-intoxicating compounds in cannabis, and his concerns about the inflated claims on the market.

Study Clouds Picture of Role of Aronia Extract in Muscle Growth. NutraIngredients-USA. January 3, 2020. Aronia berry supplementation can increase signaling associated with muscle protein synthesis but doesn’t result in more muscle growth in the end, a study in rats has found.

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