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Brazil's National Policy on Medicinal Plants Prioritizes Citizen Participation and Social Justice
By Lilian Caramel and Pedro Crepaldi Carlessi

Brazil has a thriving and robust practice of herbal medicine and has included phytotherapy as a part of its public health system. This policy has increased access to herbal medicine by incorporating local flora and traditional knowledge and emphasizing sustainable farming and production practices. Many of these policies were originally put forward by Francisco José de Abreu Matos, a prominent pharmacist, and the effects of this equity-driven initiative include the growth of herbal remedies in rural areas throughout the country. Read more >>

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Plant-based Entertainment: Herbal Podcasts Find Their Audience
By Hannah Bauman

Podcasts are a growing medium, offering people convenient entertainment that can be listened to on their own schedule from a variety of devices. Experts in the herbal and natural products industry have embraced podcasts as a way to spread awareness of their field of study, network with other content creators, and reach a broader audience than ever before. However, as the number of shows increases, so too does the competition for listeners. Several notable podcast hosts discuss their different approaches to their shows, including how they add value and provide thought-provoking discussions. Read more >>

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Food as Medicine: Banana (Musa spp., Musaceae)
By Hannah Bauman

The history of banana use and cultivation is complex, as is the taxonomy and botany of the banana plant itself. Bananas are one of the most popular fruits worldwide and have been cultivated for more than 10,000 years. All parts of the banana leaf have traditionally been used in the ancient medical systems throughout India and southeast Asia, and as cultivation spread, more cultures in Africa and South and Central America incorporated banana in their own medical systems. Modern research is focusing on the nutritional properties of banana as a functional food to maintain health for children, increase performance for trained athletes, and more. Read more >>

Sustainable Herbs Program News

Introducing the WildCheck Report. April 28, 2022.

Knowing Plants by Steven Foster. April 25, 2022.


HerbalGram 133

Tribute to Steven Foster

Research Review:
Herbal Cough Syrup for Children

Book Review:
Energetic Herbalism

In Memoriam:
Peter Bradley: 1937–2021

Did you know? HerbalGram is available in three digital formats: PDF, page-flip, and HTML. Check them out!

Featured Book
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The Intimate Herbal was written by Marie White and will be published by North Atlantic Books in June 2022. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, and the section “Contraception.”
Herbalist Marie White brings a sustainable, community-oriented lens to modern herbalism that takes a holistic approach to the interconnected nature of the bodies, prioritizes preventive medicine, and promotes a healthy, open-minded relationship with sex and sexual wellness. The text takes an inclusive, accessible, and nonbinary approach to herbal healing and seeks to empower readers with the foundations of intimate herbalism. Subjects addressed include breast health, contraception, endometriosis, erectile dysfunction, fertility, hormonal imbalances, menopause, menstrual cycles, PCOS, ovarian cysts, prostate health, urinary health, and more.
The Intimate Herbal can be preordered from the publisher. From The Intimate Herbal by Marie White, published by North Atlantic Books, ©2022 by Marie White. Reprinted by permission of North Atlantic Books.
Media Watch

New Research Shows Cannabis Flower Is Effective for Treating Fatigue. University of New Mexico Newsroom. May 5, 2022. Subjects reported improvement in feelings of fatigue following cannabis use, despite the common perception of cannabis inducing decreased motivation and activity.

How This Trinity Scientist Is Unlocking Nature’s Pharmacy. Silicon Republic. May 4, 2022. An associate professor of natural products research recently received an award for her work in the boglands of Ireland, which she considers “nature’s pharmacy.”

The Many Surprising Health Benefits of Eucalyptus. Prestige. May 3, 2022. Eucalyptus leaf and bark have been researched for their antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties, but the uses of this plant encompass many more conditions.

African Scientists Say Green Future at Stake amid Deforestation. India New England News. May 2, 2022. The loss of forest cover in Africa, escalated by the climate crisis, poor land-use practices, and urbanization, could endanger the continent’s transition to a green and resilient future, scientists said.

Exploring Plant-based, Vegan Beauty. Natural Products Insider. April 26, 2022. Antioxidant-rich herbs and botanicals from Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine practices are becoming popular ingredients in the healthy aging space.

Cherokee Nation Members Can Now Gather Plants on National Park Land. Smithsonian Magazine. April 22, 2022. The National Park Service has agreed to issue citizens of the Cherokee Nation an annual permit to collect 76 plants that have cultural and medicinal significance within the bounds of Buffalo National Park in Arkansas.

WHO Launches Traditional Medicine Hub in India. France24. April 19, 2022. The World Health Organization launched its Global Centre for Traditional Medicine, which aims to blend ancient practices with modern science.

Indian Sandalwood Oil May Protect Skin from Environmental Stressors, Says Recent Study. Nutritional Outlook. April 11, 2022. A recent study found that Indian sandalwood oil protected skin from oxidative stress induced by urban dust and blue light.

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Community and Industry Releases

AOAC International Partners with Signature Science for Cannabis Proficiency Testing Program Test Materials. AOAC International. May 10, 2022.

Analysis: Marijuana-Related Tax Revenue Surpasses That of Alcohol. NORML. May 5, 2022.

Study: Cannabis Consumers Report Improvements in Insomnia. NORML. May 5, 2022.

Journal Review Mischaracterizes Majority of Dietary Supplement Products. Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). May 4, 2022.

NPA Applauds the US House Energy & Commerce Committee for Excluding Dietary Supplements from the User-Fee Reauthorization Legislative Package. Natural Products Association (NPA). May 4, 2022.

An Indonesian Farmer Harnesses the Healing Power of Trees through Reforestation. Rainforest Alliance. May 4, 2022.

FDA Issues Warning Letters to Companies Illegally Selling CBD and Delta-8 THC Products. US Food & Drug Administration. May 4, 2022.

Scientists Discover How Bees Activate Natural Medicine against Parasite Infection during Pollination. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. May 2, 2022.

New Report Highlights Business Risks and Potential for Social Good in Wild Plant Supply Chains. FairWild Foundation. May 2022.

NPA Writes Letter to Senator Durbin and Senator Braun in Opposition to Pre-Market Approval of Dietary Supplements. NPA. April 28, 2022.

AHPA Opposes Dietary Supplement Listing Act. American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). April 27, 2022.

Durbin-Braun Supplement Bill Stops Far Short of Real Reform. Center for Science in the Public Interest. April 27, 2022.

Durbin, Braun Introduce Legislation to Improve Safety and Ensure Transparency of Dietary Supplement Industry. CRN. April 26, 2022.

CRN Mourns Passing of Senator Orrin Hatch; Recognizes His Significant Role in Supplement Industry. CRN. April 25, 2022.

NPA Mourns the Loss of Senator Orrin G. Hatch. NPA. April 25, 2022.

AHPA Asks US Trade Representative for Reconsideration of Herbal Ingredient Tariff. AHPA. April 19, 2022.

Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) Offers a Unique Cannabis Science Program Focused on Health, Wellness, and Herbal Medicine. MUIH. April 19, 2022.

California Cannabis Stakeholders Join Together to Address Patient Needs. Americans for Safe Access. April 18, 2022.

National University of Natural Medicine’s Food as Medicine Institute and The Good Kitchen Announce Partnership on Medically Tailored Meals. National University of Natural Medicine. April 18, 2022.

NSF Awards Nearly $1M for Plant Digitization. Botanical Research Institute of Texas. April 14, 2022.

Obituary Luc von Hebel (1934–2022). ESCOP. April 14, 2022.

The Road to Indigenous Land Rights in Suriname. Amazon Conservation Team. April 12, 2022.

NSF Collaborates with Wegmans to Launch ‘Verified With Confidence’ Program. NSF International. April 2022.

Featured Event

Sustainable Herbs Program Webinar: Issues in Chinese Botanical Industry: A Conversation with Thomas Avery Garran. Online. May 26, 2022.


The Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum. Online. May 23–25, 2022.

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

2022 Joint Conference of the Society for Economic Botany and the International Society of Ethnobiology. Kingston, Jamaica. May 29–June 2, 2022.

Herbal Medicine Cultures in Transition. Online. June 15, 2022.

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

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

Herbal IQ
This Ayurvedic plant has been used as a cure-all for 3,000 years. However, modern research has focused on its benefits for various skin conditions including psoriasis and as ingredient in cosmetics. Do you know the plant? Go to the answer here.