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Morus alba
Morus alba
©2022 Steven Foster Group


AHP Report: White Mulberry Leaf Use and Safety
By the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
In this report, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) reviews the quality, therapeutic use, and safety of white mulberry leaf (WML) in response to the alleged involvement of the herbal material in the December 2021 death of Lori McClintock, the wife of Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA). The Sacramento County coroner’s office concluded that the cause of death was “dehydration as a result of gastroenteritis,” which was attributed to the ingestion of WML. Despite this and the resulting uncritical media coverage, herbal experts have questioned the causal association of McClintock’s death with WML, which is widely considered safe and has been used medicinally for at least 1,800 years. Read more >>

Phacelia tanacetifolia
Phacelia tanacetifolia
©2022 Craig Burrows


Floral Fluorescence: Medicinal Plants in a New, Ultraviolet Light
By Connor Yearsley
California-based photographer Craig Burrows uses a technique called ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence (UVIVF) photography to capture the beauty of plants, including medicinal plants, in a way that humans would not otherwise see them. This process involves using an ultraviolet (UV) light source, which makes the plants glow in the dark, and the effect is like something from “Fantasia” or “Avatar.” Burrows, whose work has been featured in National Geographic, believes the technique creates a sense of wonder and hopes it inspires peoples’ interest in the plant world. The American Botanical Council is grateful to Burrows for generously providing the UVIVF photographs featured here. Read more >>


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Undaria pinnatifida
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Food as Medicine: Wakame Seaweed (Undaria pinnatifida, Alariaceae)
By Hannah Bauman
Wakame is a species of brown kelp that is native to the cold northern waters of the Pacific Ocean, but highly adaptable to various climates and growth mediums. Seaweed has been revered for its nutritional and medicinal qualities for centuries in Asia but is now growing in popularity outside of its native range due to the promising phytonutrients it provides. Some compounds in wakame are used as ingredients in over-the-counter acid reflux medications and surgical dusting powders, while the whole food itself is the subject of preliminary research for its beneficial effects on blood sugar and insulin levels. Read more >>


Panax ginseng

Panax ginseng
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Book Review: A History of the Korean Ginseng Industry
By Mark Blumenthal
This book, by Professor Il-Moo Chang, PhD, received the American Botanical Council’s (ABC’s) James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award for 2022 in the reference/technical category. In his review, ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal praises Chang’s thorough research that traces the story of ginseng on the Korean peninsula from a food item to medicinal ingredient and, finally, an internationally traded commodity. Read more >>

Sustainable Herbs Program News

Free Excerpt from The Business of Botanicals. September 5, 2022.

AHPA 10th Botanical Congress. August 29, 2022.


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Barbara Griggs: 1932–2022

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Featured Book
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Viola: Herb of the Year™ 2022 was edited by Kathleen Connole and published by the International Herb Association in 2022. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, and the chapter “Science Supports Viola's Traditional Medicinal Value.”
The International Herb Association designated flowers in the genus Viola (Violaceae), commonly known as violets, as the Herb of the Year™ for 2022 and produced this text that celebrates these fragrant and beautiful blossoms. The book, which includes contributions from herbalists, aromatherapists, and other experts, covers the botany and cultivation, history and harvest, lore, recipes, and medicinal uses of violets in sections such as “Knowing and Growing Viola,” “Art, Literature, and Poetry,” “Violets in the Kitchen,” and “Healing and Beauty with Viola.” The illustrations, photos, and poetry included in the text celebrate violets for their beauty, utility, and versatility.
Viola can be ordered from the publisher. ©2022 International Herb Association. This material is reprinted with permission from the publisher and may not be used for any other purpose.
Media Watch
New Recommendations Address the Use of Integrative Therapies for Pain Management in Cancer Populations. EurekAlert! September 19, 2022. A new joint practice guideline has been published to address gaps in health care providers’ knowledge of how to treat common cancer symptoms and side effects using integrative medicine approaches safely and effectively.

Fungi or Filler? Demystifying the Superfood Mushroom Boom. The Fresh Toast. September 18, 2022. As more consumers are using medicinal mushrooms for their adaptogenic activities, they should pay attention to the label to ensure the product has the active ingredients they seek.

Food as Medicine: Could Prescribing Fruits and Vegetables Become Part of Healthcare? The Guardian. September 18, 2022. A pilot study that provided low-income patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes with a free box of fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean protein showed that participants had improvements in their cholesterol levels and overall diet quality.

Charles the Entrepreneur? How the New King Built a Top Organic Food Brand. KAKE. September 16, 2022. The UK’s new monarch, who has spent decades promoting organic farming and environmental protection, has overseen the creation of one of the country's most successful organic food brands, which includes a line of herbal remedies.

Newmaster Paper That Started NYAG Ball Rolling Allowed to Stand Unchanged. NutraIngredients-USA. September 14, 2022. A controversial paper that used a DNA testing methodology to allege widespread adulteration in herbal products has been allowed to stand unrevised, despite calls for its retraction.

California May Apply Prop. 65 Warning to Hemp. Natural Products Insider. September 12, 2022. Delta-9 THC, the intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis, is being added, under certain circumstances, to the list of nearly 900 chemicals in California’s Proposition 65 warning regime, a consumer protection measure that applies to naturally occurring chemicals that may adversely affect human health.

Supplements to Support Our Furry Friends. WholeFoods Magazine. August 25, 2022. The market for natural pet health products has grown exponentially over the past several years, and some common natural products can help support the overall health and wellness of companion animals.

The Business Case for Kratom: Why This Controversial Herbal Remedy Presents Opportunities Worth the Risk, Says Expert. Nutritional Outlook. August 23, 2022. Shifting public opinion on the Southeast Asian plant as well as new scientific consensus on its benefits have expanded business opportunities for companies to explore.

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Community and Industry Releases
AHPA Statement on Purported Association of White Mulberry Leaf with Tragic Death. AHPA. August 31, 2022.

CRN Foundation’s New Economic Report Details Billions of Potential Savings in US Health Care Costs. Council for Responsible Nutrition. August 31, 2022.

California Legislation Restricting Sale of Weight-Loss Supplements to Minors Heads to Governor’s Desk. Center for Science in the Public Interest. August 25, 2022.

AHPA Publishes Updated Hemp Lexicon. AHPA. August 24, 2022.

Innovative Ways to Enhance Living Income for Cocoa Farmers. Rainforest Alliance. August 24, 2022.

Climate Week 2022 at The New York Botanical Garden Features Thought-Provoking Programs, Installations, Self-Guided Tour Opportunities, and More, Emphasizing the Importance of Plants in Helping Solve the Climate and Biodiversity Crises. New York Botanical Garden. August 19, 2022.

FairWild Foundation and GIZ Promote Sustainable Wild Liquorice Production. FairWild. August 18, 2022.

Voters in Growing Number of States to Decide on Marijuana Legalization This November. NORML. August 18, 2022.

Introducing the NEW Website. UpS. August 16, 2022.
Featured Event
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33rd Annual American Herbalists Guild Symposium. October 21–24, 2022. Bethesda, Maryland and Online. The AHG Symposium features more than 25 sessions for beginning and advanced herbalists, a keynote speech, four tracks of classes, panels, plant walks, and a vendor fair with some virtual attendance options. Register here.

Food as Medicine Symposium. Portland, Oregon. September 24–25, 2022.

Botanical Safety Consortium Annual Meeting. Online. September 27, 2022.

Natural Products Expo East. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. September 28 – October 1, 2022.

SHP Webinar: Three Generations of Sourcing Botanicals from China. Online. September 29, 2022.

SupplySide West. Las Vegas, Nevada. October 31 – November 4, 2022. Use promo code “SSW22PARTNER” when registering before November 4 to receive $50 off an Expo Hall Pass.

9th Biennial Berry Health Benefits Symposium. Tampa Bay, Florida. January 31 – February 2, 2023.

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

Herbal IQ
Autumn is a great time to plant annual hardy herbs and it’s hard to go wrong with a Mediterranean member of the mint family with antibacterial, anticoagulant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiproliferative, antiulcer, cardioprotective, and hepatoprotective activities. Learn more about this traditional digestive aid here.