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The Top 10 HerbalEGram Articles of 2021
By ABC Staff

Each January, the editorial staff compiles a list of the most-clicked stories from the previous year. These reader favorites reflect the far-ranging interests of the American Botanical Council’s diverse audience and include many facets of the world of herbal healing. From tributes to travelogues, the year 2021 held some surprising favorites. Read more >>

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ABC Expanded Educational Mission in 2021 with More to Come
By Mark Blumenthal

In 2021, the American Botanical Council (ABC) continued its commitment to science-based herbal medicine education and supporting a sustainable and regenerative global value network. ABC’s innovations and milestones included free webinars through the Sustainable Herbs Program, the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program finishing its 11th year, the ongoing search for a new executive director, and so much more. Read more >>


In Case You Missed It:

Remembering Frank Stephen D’Amelio Sr.: 1940–2021 by Hannah Bauman. August 2021.

Book Review: Ethnobotany of Palau, Vols. 1 and 2 by Steven R. King, PhD. September 2021.

Three People Convicted in Death of Guatemalan Maya Healer Domingo Choc Che by Connor Yearsley. October 2021.

Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program News:

Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes St. John’s Wort Laboratory Guidance Document. December 16, 2021.

Issue 24 of the Botanical Adulterants Monitor is out now! This issue includes regulatory and science updates on cumin seed, commercial turmeric root extracts for veterinary use, and ginkgo leaf tea, among others. December 2021.

Sustainable Herbs Program News:

Herbal Reality: Sharing Herbal Medicine. December 11, 2021.

Rosemary Gladstar: Plants at the Center. December 6, 2021.


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Saw Palmetto: History, Biology, and Trade

Research Review:
Psilocybin and Depression

Saffron and Sleep

In Memoriam:
Peggy-Ann Wetmore Kessler Duke: 1931–2021

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Featured Book
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Clinical Herbalism: Plant Wisdom from East and West was written by Rachel Lord, RN, and published by Elsevier in 2021. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, preface, and a selection from Chapter 10: Energetics Related to Western Herbology.

This textbook, ideal for herbal practitioners, integrates Western herbalism and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) from an energetics context. Topics covered include theory, formulation, client interaction, and wildcrafting, while a compendium of herbs covers usage, indications and contraindications, and herb-drug interactions. Functional medicine principles address the root causes of many conditions, and Lord offers case studies that illustrate specific therapeutic principles. There are also chapters divided by body system (gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, etc.) for easy reference.

Clinical Herbalism can be purchased from the publisher. ©2022 Elsevier. This material is reprinted with permission from the publisher and may not be used for any other purpose.
Media Watch
OSU Research Shows Hemp Compounds Prevent Coronavirus from Entering Human Cells. January 11, 2022. KTVZ. Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered that a pair of cannabinoid acids bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, blocking a critical step in the process the virus uses to infect people.

Study Shows Adding Artichoke to Bergamot Helps Ameliorate ‘Non Responder’ Issue. January 11, 2022. NutraIngredients-USA. A new study has found that adding an artichoke leaf extract to a bergamot phytosome ingredient can benefit subjects with high cholesterol, even if those subjects had previously derived little benefit from bergamot alone.

Why I Traveled to the Rainforests of Belize to Learn About Medicinal Plants. Lonely Planet. January 10, 2022. A cancer survivor describes his trek into the Belizean rainforests and the personal lessons he learned about the traditional medicine of the region.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Maker Expands Amid Rising Overseas Demand During Pandemic. Global Times. January 9, 2022. As the pandemic continues, Chinese formulas for antiviral indications are becoming more sought after, allowing one Chinese company to quadruple its production capacity.

Sixteen Food and Drink Trends for 2022: Buzz-less Booze, Turmeric, Hibiscus, and the New Happy Hour. January 7, 2022. The Gazette. Predictions for 2022 trends in health and wellness include several herbs and botanicals, the resurgence of grain products, and new applications for sunflower seeds.

UAE’s First Herbal Medicine Production Goes Live at Dubai Investments Park. Gulf News. December 23, 2021. A new line of anti-inflammatory supplements has been approved by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and will go into production soon, the first of its kind in the United Arab Emirates.

WHO Decides Against Scheduling Kratom. WholeFoods Magazine. December 17, 2021. The World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence recently assessed seven substances, including the Southeast Asian plant kratom, and ultimately decided against a critical review and scheduling decision for it.

The One and Only Moringa Stand in Texas Fulfills a Lifelong Promise. Texas Monthly. December 14, 2021. After seeing the results of moringa supplementation during a family friend’s battle with cancer, a Texas woman is dedicated to introducing more people to the benefits of this plant.

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Community and Industry Releases
Dick Griffin — In Memoriam. American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). January 6, 2022.

Kew’s 2021 Top Ten New Species List. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. January 6, 2022.

Review: Minor Cannabinoids Acknowledged to Possess Therapeutic Properties. NORML. January 6, 2022.

Herbs & Spices Program: Joint Rainforest Alliance and UEBT Certification. Rainforest Alliance. January 6, 2022.

AHPA Releases Seven Updated Entries to the Online Botanical Safety Handbook, 2nd Ed. AHPA. January 5, 2022.

AHPA Celebrates 40 Years of Leadership and Advocacy in the Herbal and Natural Products Industry. AHPA. January 4, 2022.

Jaguar Health Launches Canalevia-CA1 (Crofelemer) for the Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Diarrhea (CID) in Dogs. Jaguar Health. January 4, 2022.

Encouraging Cancer Research. Project CBD. January 1, 2022.

2021 Year in Review: NORML’s Top Ten Events in Marijuana Policy. NORML. December 30, 2021.

AHPA Adopts Revised Guidance Policy on GMO. AHPA. December 27, 2021.

China Issues Catalogue of Herbal Medicines That Are Also Foods. Hong Kong Trade Development Council. December 24, 2021.

HKBU Establishes Centre for Chinese Herbal Medicine Drug Development to Enhance the Creation of Novel Chinese Medicine Drugs in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Baptist University. December 22, 2021.

Medicinal Cannabis Watchdog Group Launches Campaign to Implement Ryan’s Law. Americans for Safe Access. December 21, 2021.

Bringing Back the American Chestnut Tree and Native Medicinal and Food-Producing Species. United Plant Savers. December 16, 2021.

UK Epileptic Children Denied Cannabis Prescriptions. Project CBD. December 15, 2021.

UM Sets over Ten International Quality Standards for Chinese Medicine. University of Macau. December 15, 2021.

In Memoriam: Peter Richard Bradley (1937–2021). Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research. December 14, 2021.

MAPS and Vine Ventures Pioneer Novel Regenerative Funding Structure to Infuse Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Research and Access with Timely $70 Million. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. December 2, 2021.

Sustainable Foods Summit 2022: Sustainable & Plant-Based Food Innovations. NSF International. December 2021.

Featured Event

Integrative Healthcare Symposium. New York, NY. February 17–19, 2022. This international conference will bring together practitioners from all disciplines of both traditional and conventional medicine to learn about subjects including the evolution of integrative medicine, culinary medicine, post-COVID-19 syndrome, and more. Register here.

Cross-cultural Understanding of Local Herbal Knowledge and Chinese Traditional Daodi Materia Medica. Online. January 20, 2022.

Herbal Support for Deep Winter Blues. Online. February 22, 2022.

Natural Products Expo West. Anaheim, California. March 8–12, 2022.

CanMed 2022. Pasadena, California. May 3–5, 2022.

Healthplex Expo 2022/Natural and Nutraceutical Products China 2022. Shanghai, China. June 22–24, 2022.

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

Herbal IQ
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