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Paul Lee, Catalyst of American Herbal Movement, Dies at 91
By Hannah Bauman
Professor Paul Lee, PhD, former executive director of the Herb Trade Association, died in October 2022. Lee, an early advocate of psychedelic therapy and environmentalism, was instrumental in organizing the nascent US herb industry in the mid-1970s. His legacy continues in the foundation of the American Herbalists Guild, and early figures in the US botanical industry reflect on his methodical, thoughtful nature and his passion for environmental conservation and outreach. Read more >>

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Food as Medicine Update: Burdock (Arctium lappa, Asteraceae)
By Hannah Bauman and Bethany Diaz
Burdock root is rich in prebiotic fiber and beneficial phytochemicals that have made it a staple in traditional medicine practices around the world as a supportive ingredient for chronic inflammatory conditions and as a diuretic. In addition to the root, the leaves and seeds of burdock also hold promise for alleviating symptoms of allergic rhinitis, gastric ulcers, and topical skin conditions. Currently, early research into the ability of burdock extracts to modulate blood glucose levels offers insight into the possibility of burdock as a supportive therapy for patients with diabetes. Read more >>


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ABC Names Volunteer of the Year for 2022
By Connor Yearsley
The American Botanical Council (ABC) recognizes Lisa Lachs as its 2022 volunteer of the year. Almost every Monday since September 2021, Lachs has come to ABC’s headquarters in East Austin to work in the organization’s gardens. Lachs, who is a mother of three daughters and has significant gardening experience, is one of ABC’s first volunteers since the COVID-19 pandemic began. For Lachs, volunteering at ABC has reminded her of how much she loves gardening, which she finds therapeutic and rewarding, and she plans to continue to volunteer at ABC for as long as she can. Read more >>

Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program News

Industry Leaders and Former FDA Official Express Support for BAPP Best Practices SOP for the Disposal/Destruction of Irreparably Defective Articles. December 7, 2022.

Botanical Adulterants Prevention Monitor. November 2022. Issue 26 includes updates on quality markers in saffron supplements, analysis of commercial rooibos tea samples, and more.


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AHPA at 40

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In Memoriam:
Barbara Griggs: 1932–2022

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Featured Book
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CBD: What Does the Science Say? was written by Linda A. Parker, PhD, Erin M. Rock, PhD, and Raphael Mechoulam, PhD, and published by The MIT Press in 2022. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, and Chapter 2: “Chemical and Pharmacological Aspects.”

This book is a comprehensive review of the scientific literature, including preclinical and human clinical studies, on cannabidiol (CBD), a nonintoxicating compound in cannabis (Cannabis spp., Cannabaceae). The authors examine research about the chemical and pharmacological aspects of CBD and CBD’s interaction with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychotropic compound found in cannabis. They also review the current state of knowledge about CBD’s effectiveness for a variety of conditions including epilepsy, cancer, nausea, pain, anxiety, PTSD, depression, sleep disorders, psychosis, and addiction.

Excerpted from CBD: What Does the Science Say? by Linda A. Parker, Erin M. Rock, and Raphael Mechoulam. Reprinted with permission from The MIT Press. ©2022.
Media Watch
Rhodiola Extract May Support Blood Sugar Management, Metabolic Health: Study. December 12, 2022. Extracts of Rhodiola rosea may improve insulin resistance and metabolic activity in nematodes, which may have implications for similar actions in humans.

How Daredevil Drones Find Nearly Extinct Plants Hiding in Cliffs. Geo News. December 11, 2022. New technology, including drones, can help scientists identify and record populations of endangered plants in places that were previously inaccessible.

Center’s Role Critical in Quality and Safety of Supplements, Cosmetics. University of Mississippi News. December 7, 2022. The National Center for Natural Products Research, a globally recognized research center for botanicals, aids public health in the United States through its partnership with the US Food and Drug Administration.

How Research at Scotland’s Botanical Gardens Is Helping Worldwide Understanding of the Effects of Climate Change on Plants. The Scotsman. December 6, 2022. The lifecycles of more than 150 plants are being monitored by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh as part of a broader, Europe-wide effort to increase understanding of the effects of climate change and the plants’ ability to adapt.

Not All Micronutrients Created Equal: Study Identifies Some Supplements that Benefit Cardiovascular Health. ScienceDaily. December 5, 2022. A new meta-analysis of almost 900 studies evaluated 27 different antioxidant supplements to further explore which had the greatest benefits to cardiovascular health.

Upcycling Polyethylene Waste into Pharmacologically Useful Natural Products. News Medical. November 30, 2022. Genetically engineered fungi were able to break down polyethylene plastic, the most difficult to recycle and degrade, and produce additional bioactive substances that are used during drug development.

Inflation, Supply Chains Dent US CBD Companies’ Revenue. Natural Products Insider. November 21, 2022. Despite a decrease in sales due to a variety of factors, some larger CBD manufacturers express optimism about the future of the market.

Smell Training with Herbal Oils Could Restore Olfaction Post-COVID. Holistic Primary Care. November 16, 2022. Certain essential oils could help regenerate damaged epithelial linings, offering relief from the persistent loss of smell following infection with COVID-19.

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Featured Event
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Integrative Healthcare Symposium. New York, NY. February 23–25, 2023. This event will bring together practitioners from both the traditional and conventional medicine sectors to learn from evidence-based, clinically relevant presentations about alternative and complementary approaches to health care. Register here.

Food as Medicine:  Delicious Culinary Techniques Using Traditional, Cultivated, and Wild Herbs. Online. December 20, 2022.

SHP Webinar: Sustainability Standards and Certifications as a Tool. Online. January 19, 2023.

Nutraceuticals Europe. Barcelona, Spain. March 8–9, 2023.

Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 2023. Online. March 24–26, 2023.

SupplySide East. Secaucus, New Jersey. April 18–19, 2023.

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

Herbal IQ
Which traditional Chinese medicinal herb has shown strong activity against the influenza virus? Ward off the winter sniffles with the answer here.