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Herb Expert Christopher Hobbs Donates 1636 Edition of Gerard’s Historic Herbal to ABC
By Tyler Smith

In December 2021, herbalist, author, and researcher Christopher Hobbs, PhD, LAc, donated a 1636 edition of John Gerard’s The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes to ABC. Commonly known as Gerard’s Herbal, the text is one of the most famous and influential English herbals — a term that refers to books that contain descriptions and other information about selected medicinal plants. In keeping with ABC’s educational mission, the nonprofit plans to preserve and display the 386-year-old book at its headquarters in the historic Case Mill Homestead in Austin, Texas. Read more >>

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Jaguar Health’s Plant-Based Prescription Drug Crofelemer Granted FDA Conditional Approval for Chemotherapy-induced Diarrhea in Dogs
By Hannah Bauman

A plant-based, prescription-only drug based on the sap of the Amazonian Croton lechleri tree gained conditional approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Canalevia®-CA1 contains crofelemer, a purified tree sap extract produced by Jaguar Health, and is the only drug with any kind of FDA approval to treat chemotherapy-induced diarrhea in dogs. This symptom of cancer therapy significantly impacts the quality of life of both dogs and their owners, and Jaguar Health hopes that once the drug gains full approval, the company can expand its offerings in the pet health sector. Read more >>


HerbalGram 133

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Featured Book
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The Mind of Plants: Narratives of Vegetal Intelligence was edited by John C. Ryan, Patricia Vieira, and Monica Gagliano and published by Synergetic Press in 2021. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, introduction, and foreword by Dennis J. McKenna, PhD.
The Mind of Plants takes a cerebral and creative approach to human-plant interaction. This collection of essays, narratives, and poetry also features personal reflections from the editors and illustrations by José María Pout. The exploration of how humans interact with plants and plants interact with each other brings together works from contributors who focus on both the scientific and the spiritual. Plants as commonplace as apples and as psychoactive as ayahuasca all play a part in the betterment of nature and humanity, and many aspects of botanical intelligence are honored in this text.
The Mind of Plants can be purchased from the publisher. ©2022 Synergetic Press. This material is reprinted with permission from the publisher and may not be used for any other purpose.
Media Watch

Plants that Feed Livestock Could Be Key to Climate Change Mitigation. EurekAlert! April 11, 2022. The use of long-rooted tropical plants as livestock forage could increase the amount of carbon sequestered in the soil, an outcome that may help mitigate the effects of ranching on climate change.

Evidence Suggests Cocoa Flavanols Can Prevent CVD Mortality. NutraIngredients. April 11, 2022. Researchers observed a 27% reduction in deaths from cardiovascular disease in older adults treated with a cocoa extract, although there was no improvement in the death rate for patients with invasive or site-specific cancer.

Researchers Look to Licorice for Promising Cancer Treatments. ScienceDaily. April 6, 2022. A research review into licorice-derived glycyrrhizin suggests that the compound’s anti-inflammatory properties could be beneficial against cancer in a clinical setting.

Curcumin Research for Cognition, Immunity, and Skin Health. Natural Products Insider. April 5, 2022. The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, have made it a product of interest in a variety of wellness market sectors.

Growing Your Own Medicine in the Garden. Luxembourg Times. April 4, 2022. Simple recipes made with common garden plants can enhance personal health and wellness.

Syrians Resort to Herbal Medicine Amid Drug Crisis. Al-Monitor. March 30, 2022. As drug prices soar and doctor consultations become increasingly hard to acquire, many in northwest Syria are using herbal and alternative medicines instead.

The Healers Who Treat ‘Bad Luck.’ BBC News. March 17, 2022. Tourists and locals alike seek out the ministrations of Ecuadorian curanderos, who use herbs and spiritual practices to heal the body and mind.

Herbal Medicine and ‘Our Healing Environment’ with David Winston. Wellness Lehigh Valley. February 18, 2022. An interview with herbalist David Winston looks at the different elements and factors that can help people lead healthy lives.

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Community and Industry Releases
AHPA Updates Eight Entries to the Online Botanical Safety Handbook, 2nd Ed. in First 2022 Release. American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). April 7, 2022.

FDA Denies Petitions to Accept NAC in Dietary Supplement Definition. AHPA. April 7, 2022.

UpS x Caledonia Northern Folk Studios: The Ohio Herbal Elders Project 2.0. United Plant Savers (UpS). April 5, 2022.

How Your Company Can Support Regenerative Agriculture. Rainforest Alliance. April 4, 2022.

‘Biodiversity Loss Is Our Shared Burden. It’s Also Our Shared Responsibility.’. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. April 1, 2022.

Pharmacognosy Dispatches from the Ukrainian Frontline. American Society of Pharmacognosy. March 2022.

Analysis: Legal Cannabis Sales Projected to Top $72 Billion by 2030. NORML. March 31, 2022.

Poll: Super-Majority of Voters Favor Federal Repeal of Marijuana Prohibition. NORML. March 31, 2022.

Senate Unanimously Approves Legislation Providing Attorney General with Greater Say in Cannabis Research Decisions. NORML. March 31, 2022.

Call for Special Guest Editor Sections for the Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL. AOAC International. March 30, 2022.

Revised Edition of The Secret Chief Revealed: Conversations with Leo Zeff, Pioneer in the Underground Psychedelic Therapy Movement to Publish April 19, 2022. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. March 30, 2022.

NPA Says Mandatory Product Listing in FDA FY 2023 Budget Request Is a ‘Non-Starter’ and Amounts to ‘Pre-Market Approval’. Natural Products Association. March 28, 2022.

AHPA Releases Educational Materials in Chinese for Prevention of Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid Contamination. AHPA. March 24, 2022.

Scientists Develop Model to Improve Biodiversity Protection Using AI Technology. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. March 24, 2022.

New Measures to Support Transition to 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Standard. Rainforest Alliance. March 23, 2022.

AHP Pledges Its Support to the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA) Call for Humanitarian Aid to Ukrainian Refugees. UpS. March 17, 2022.

Construction Slated to Begin on New Home for Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. University of Arizona. March 16, 2022.

CRN’s Mister Applauds COSMOS Research, Says Results to Drive Industry Innovation. Council for Responsible Nutrition. March 16, 2022.

Based on More than a Decade of Research, Field Guide to the Palms of Belize Is Now Available from NYBG Press in Hardcover, Softcover, and Digital Formats. New York Botanical Garden. March 16, 2022.

Featured Event
Complementary Medicines Australia

Complementary Medicines Australia Innovation Seminar. Sydney, Australia. May 5, 2022. ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will be the keynote speaker on “The History of Garlic in Medicine” at this international conference focused on complementary medicine. Register here.

Women Working for the Earth Summit: Restoring our Relationship with Nature. Online. April 21–24, 2022.

6th International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health. Online. April 26, 2022.

What Your Food Ate: How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim Our Health. Online. May 12, 2022.

Medicines from the Earth Symposium 2022. Black Mountain, North Carolina. June 3–6, 2022.

Nutraceuticals Europe 2022. Barcelona, Spain. June 15–16, 2022.

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