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Fantastic Fungi Film Explores the Magic and Mystery Underneath Your Feet

By Connor Yearsley
Fungal species greatly outnumber plant species and have existed longer than land plants, but people often forget about fungi, which help ecosystems flourish. Fantastic Fungi, a new documentary that features notable naturalists like Paul Stamets, explores the complexity, diversity, and versatility of fungi. The films shows that fungi can alleviate existential distress, break down oil, filter water, and much more. Read more >>





ABC Board of Trustees Members Holly Shimizu and Michael Balick Recognized with Prestigious Horticultural Awards

By Hannah Bauman
ABC celebrates the recent accomplishments of two Board of Trustees members, Holly Shimizu and Michael J. Balick, PhD. Shimizu and Balick’s work in the fields of horticulture and plant science have been recognized by the Scott Arboretum and American Horticultural Society, respectively. Their noteworthy contributions have helped advance plant research, garden science, and traditional botanical knowledge for habitat conservation. Read more >>



Long, green pods from the moringa plant. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Moringa pods
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Food as Medicine: Moringa (Moringa oleifera, Moringaceae)

By Jenny Perez
Moringa, with its long, alien-looking pods, is a nutritional and medicinal powerhouse. All parts of the moringa plant have been used medicinally in Asia, India, and Africa, but it is specifically moringa leaf that may provide a solution to malnutrition and maternal care in underserved communities. Drought resistant and packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein, moringa has been labeled as a plant that “might save the world.” Read more >>

Sustainable Herbs Program News:

A Declaration of Dependence. April 22, 2020.

The Free SHP Sustainability and Regenerative Practices Toolkit. April 21, 2020.

COVID-19 and the Botanical Industry. April 16, 2020.



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Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 3: Endocrinology was written by Jill Stansbury, ND, and published in 2019 by Chelsea Green Press. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, and a selection from “Specific Indications: Herbs for Endocrine Conditions.”

Endocrinology is the third instalment in a five-volume set that serves as a comprehensive, practical reference manual for herbalists, physicians, nurses, and other health professionals. Organized by body system, each volume includes hundreds of formulas to treat common health conditions, as well as formulas that address specific energetic or symptomatic presentations. Traditional uses of both Western and traditional Asian formulas and herbs are referenced in the text.

Volume 3 focuses on the endocrine system and offers formulas and supporting information for thyroid disease, adrenal disorders, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, as well as conditions related to the reproductive systems such as menstruation and PMS, fertility and pregnancy, and the prostate. Other conditions covered include pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids, and more. Each chapter includes a materia medica section that describes individual herbs and their properties, modes of action, and the specific symptoms each plant best addresses.

Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Vol. 3, can be purchased from a variety of retailers. ©2020 Chelsea Green Publishing. This material is reprinted with permission from the publisher and may not be used for any other purpose.


Media Watch
Scientists Discover a New Compound in Medieval Ink That Was Once Lost to Time. ScienceAlert. April 22, 2020. A compound in Chrozophora tinctoria fruit has revived the creation of a delicate blue dye once used in illuminated manuscripts.
A Role for Ayurvedic Medicine in Blood Sugar Support? Nutritional Outlook. March 24, 2020. The benefit of supplements and growing consumer awareness are driving diabetes patients to seek natural support systems, and Ayurvedic herbs may help.

Using Cannabinoids to Treat Acute Pain. EurekAlert! March 23, 2020. A new systematic review and meta-analysis showed a small but significant reduction in subjective pain scores for cannabinoid treatment compared to placebo in patients experiencing acute pain.

Supplements for Coronavirus Probably Won’t Help, and May Harm. The New York Times. March 23, 2020. Customers are reaching for supplements to boost their immune systems in unprecedented numbers, but uninformed use by an anxious public could lead to more health problems.

How COVID-19 Is Impacting Natural Sales, Manufacturing, and Distribution. New Hope Network. March 20, 2020. With unexpected surges in sales following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, natural brands are working out strategies to ensure the supply chain is not interrupted and workers are protected.

Magnolia Bark Compound Could Someday Help Treat Drug-Resistant Epilepsy. ScienceDaily. March 11, 2020. A potential new treatment for epilepsy comes from traditional Chinese medicine, where a compound from magnolia bark was effective against drug-resistant epilepsy in animal trials.

The Dawn of American Plant Science Was Lost in a Botanist’s Prolific Notes. You Can Help Digitize Them. Discover. March 6, 2020. A New York Botanical Garden project called Transcribing Torrey is asking volunteers to decipher the notes and correspondence of one of the most prominent botanists of the 1800s, John Torrey, who identified and named thousands of species.

Molecule Found in Oranges Could Reduce Obesity and Prevent Heart Disease and Diabetes. ScienceDaily. March 3, 2020. Nobiletin, a molecule found in sweet oranges and tangerines, has been shown to drastically reduce obesity and reverse its negative side effects.

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Community And Industry Releases
Byzantine Herbals: Which Plants Were Used? Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. April 21, 2020.
AHG Issues COVID-19 Best Practice Guidelines for Herbalists. American Herbalists Guild. April 13, 2020.
2020 AHPA Awards Recognize Excellence in the Herbal Products Industry. American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). April 9, 2020.
Review: Clinical Evidence Lacking in Support of CBD as an Anti-Viral Agent. NORML. April 2, 2020.

AANP Urges Physicians and Hospitals to Utilize IV Vitamin C to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic. American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. April 1, 2020.

US Pharmacopeia (USP) Offers Hand Sanitizer Toolkit in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. US Pharmacopeia. April 1, 2020.

Dietary Supplement, Other Herbal Product, and Cannabis Operations Identified as ‘Essential Businesses’ and ‘Critical Infrastructure’. AHPA. March 23, 2020.

Navigating Challenging Times with Scientifically Sound Resources. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. March 19, 2020.

AHPA COVID-19 Information and Resources. AHPA. March 16, 2020.

Beijing University of Chinese Medicine Collaborates with Elsevier to Launch First Branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine Taxonomy. Elsevier. March 4, 2020.
Featured Events

NPEENatural Products Expo East. September 23-26, 2020. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. More information.

Aromatic Study Tour of Croatia. June 25 – July 5, 2020. Croatia.

Phytopharm 2020. July 1-3, 2020. St. Petersburg, Russia.

28th International Conference and Expo of Functional Food Center. August 28-29, 2020. San Diego, California.

12th International Vaccinium Symposium. August 29 – September 3, 2020. Halifax, Nova Scotia and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

4th Annual Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat. September 25-27, 2020. Almond, Wisconsin.

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


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