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Norman R. Farnsworth, PhD. a University of Illinois at Chicago Distinguished Professor and ABC Trustee, will give a speech at the annual convention Supply Side East in Baltimore on May 5 at 8 a.m. in rooms 349–350 entitled “Preparation and Biological Activity of an ‘Ideal’ Botanical Dietary Supplement: Black Cohosh.” Dr. Farnsworth will present UIC/NIH Botanical Dietary Supplements Research findings on how to prepare “botanically verified and biologically and chemically standardized dosage forms” with black cohosh given as an example.

ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will also be a presenter at Supply Side East. Blumenthal will speak May 4 at noon in rooms 349–350 on “Promising Herbs: The next wave of clinically tested botanicals poised for market success!.”

All ABC Members will receive a free pass to the SupplySide East trade show and conference, May 4–6 in Baltimore, courtesy of Virgo Publishing, ABC’s partner in the online Herbal Information Course. While at the show, please visit the ABC booth#1210 and attend Mark Blumenthal’s presentation (see above). To receive your pass, please contact the Development Department at or 512-926-4900 ext. 119.

Have you seen our Herbal Body Care data set? As a benefit of membership you have access to 22 profiles of herbs that help heal your body. Click here to find out more.

HerbalEGram is one of the many valuable benefits of ABC membership. On behalf of the ABC Board of Trustees, we thank you for your support of ABC through membership. Our members provide ABC with the critical financial support for our educational programs and publications. In fact, membership provides more than 60% of ABC’s annual revenue.

As the need for reliable science-based information on herbal medicine continues to increase, ABC continues to expand its programs and online educational content:

• The Herbal Body Care dataset has been expanded from 11 to 22 herbs.

• Addition of Herbal Body Care data set and Herb Safety Reports to Herb-Ed-Web content licensing program.

• Addition of HerbClip News to each publication of HerbClip. HerbClip News is also available online.

• Introduction of FasTrak HerbClips to provide summaries and reviews of very recent studies.

• Archives of HerbalEGram now available online.

All nonprofit organizations need to carefully manage their funds and do what they can to reduce expenses. Please help insure the continued success of ABC’s educational programs and initiatives. You can do this by: making payments on your new or renewed membership promptly when requested; upgrading your support; providing additional support through advertising, content licensing, or other ABC programs that provide value to you; and/or making a one-time general donation in addition to your other support.

Again, we thank you; we are deeply grateful for your continued and generous support. Please contact our Membership Department if you have any questions about your benefits, username or password to access the password protected areas of the ABC website, or about participating in our many programs.


The Staff of the American Botanical Council

ABC Appearances

May 4-6: SupplySide East. Baltimore, MD. The trade show and conference will include exhibitions of functional, healthy and nutritional ingredients, plus education programming, special events and promotional opportunities for participants. Prof. Norman R. Farnsworth will give a speech on May 5 on “Preparation and Biological Activity of an ‘Ideal’ Botanical Dietary Supplement: Black Cohosh” (see above) and ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will give a presentation on "Promising Herbs: The next wave of clinically tested botanicals poised for market success!". Contact: Amy Sharman, Marketing and Communications Manager, 480-990-1101, ext. 1543. E-mail:

May 20-22: Orlando, FL – Mark Blumenthal will speak at the American Council for Advancement of Medicine (ACAM) on May 22 about herbs known to aid menopausal and andropausal symptoms. For more information call 800-532-3688 or E-mail: or visit

June 4-6: Black Mountain, NC – Mark Blumenthal will present two lectures at the Medicines from the Earth conference on June 4 covering Recent Research on Herbs for Obesity and Weight Loss at 9:30 a.m. and Interactions and Contraindications Update at 4 p.m. For more information call 800-252-0688 or visit

June 6-9: New York City – On June 6, Mark Blumenthal will present on “The History of Herbs in Medicine and Pharmacy” at the Botanical Medicine in Modern Clinical Practice’s 10th Anniversary Course at Columbia University. To find out more about this event, click here.


HerbalGram #66 was sent last week to our members and distributors. The Table of Contents show the contents of this issue.

Feature article from HerbalGram #66: The Lost Amazon photo essay.


The following are just a few of the upcoming events that you will find listed on ABC’s Event Calendar:

May 3, 2005 - December 17, 2005: WESTERN HERBALISM CERTIFICATION PROGRAM [400 hours] NAMTI has created a new and innovative six month herbal program and invites you to explore with us the path of plants as medicines and healing allies. The program is being led by the former Director of the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, Feather Jones. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 - 9:30 pm, and Saturday from 9:30am - 4:30pm, with a two-week summer break. Field trip dates in mid July. Tuition and costs: $3975 plus books and plant processing supplies. For more information contact us at: or visit our website:

May 20-21: The 25th Anniversary of the National Herb Garden. Washington, DC. This gala will take place at the garden, located within the National Arboretum. Web site:

June 4-6: Annual Symposium on Herbal Medicine: Medicines from the Earth. Black Mountain, NC. Presentations include: childhood obesity, osteopenia, irritable bowel syndrome, muskulo-skeletal health, root tonics for vitality, early Alzheimer's, the ceremonial uses of herbs, syndrome X, fever, Maya healing herbs, cancer prevention, clinical Ayurveda, environmental causes of thyroid dysfunction, herb contraindications update, Cherokee herb walks, and much more. CE credits for health professionals. Ph: 800-252-0688. Web site:

June 6-9: Botanical Medicine in Modern Clinical Practice. New York, New York. The program should be of interest to health professionals who seek to complement their practice with the use of botanicals, to better understand what patients are using and the relevance for conventional medical treatment. This introductory level course focuses primarily on the uses of Western botanicals. Practical and immediately applicable information will be provided covering a range of clinical areas with discussions of pharmacology, safety and toxicity, physiological action, herb-drug interactions, and the most recent results of clinical research. Ph: 212-305-3334. E-mail Web site

June 5-9: Society of Economic Botany 46th Annual Meeting: “The Economics of Botany.” Fort Worth, TX. The symposia will focus on the economic importance of plants for medicines, for food and for sustainable ranch practices, with special emphasis on the impact of ancient archaeobotanical boundaries on local economies. This event hosted by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and Texas Christian University. Ph: 827-546-1843. E-mail: Web site:

June 24-26: The 7th International Herb Symposium on Modern and Traditional Uses of Herbal Medicine. Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts. Celebrating the healing power of plants. The symposium is one of the largest and most comprehensive events of its kind and features a selection of over 30 highly respected Herbalists, representing ten countries. Over 100 different workshops are offered on topics ranging from the traditional and folkloric to the clinical and scientific uses of medicinal plants. For further info and complete brochure write to: International Herb Symposium: P.O. Box 420, E. Barre, VT 05649. Ph: 802-479-9825, Fax: 802-476-3722.

Herbal Gifts for Grads

Graduation is right around the corner, so don’t forget to give your life learner something special from ABC’s Herbal Education Catalog. (Members receive a 10% discount).
Browse some of the recent books on herbal topics.

You can also support your recent graduate and the American Botanical Council by using the link below to buy anything that sells.  When you buy a gift through, ABC receives a small commission.  Whether you buy books for your future dietitian or luggage for the new MBA grad in the family, you can get more value for your money while helping us promote the safe and effective use of herbal medicine.
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Or, buy your recent graduate a membership at our special Gift Membership level.  Purchase a Gift Membership (Individual, Academic or Professional) by June 30, 2005 and receive 20% off the regular price.  Your grad will receive:

  • Subscription to HerbalGram
  • Access to members-only portions of our website
  • Free ½ hour research session with our Education department
  • 40% discount on additional research from our education department
  • 10% discount on publications from our Herbal Education Catalog
  • And more at the Academic and Professional levels

If given a Professional level membership, the recipient will receive 50% off their first order of single copies of ABC publications from our catalog. To take advantage of this special offer, enter Source Code C009 when you join online or refer to it when you contact Cassandra Johnson at 800-737-3075 or HerbalEGram.   Remember, this offer expires June 30, 2005.

Herbal News

Ginkgo Not Linked to Bleeding Says New Research

An independent systematic review of the world’s medical literature has concluded that there is little evidence to link the popular dietary supplement made with the standardized extract of ginkgo leaf with cases of bleeding.

Latest Research Supports Garlic’s Role In Arresting and Reversing Arteriosclerosis

New research from Germany announced at a major conference in Washington, D.C. on April 29 shows how a leading supplement made from garlic (Allium sativum) can prevent and even reverse the buildup of nanoplaque in arteries – one of the primary causes of cardiovascular disease, including hypertension and strokes.

Clinical Trial Shows St. John's Wort More Effective in Treating Depression Compared to Antidepressant Paxil

A recent randomized, controlled clinical trial has shown that a St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) extract provided more benefit  than one of the leading conventional antidepressant drugs (Paxil®), and produced less adverse side effects.

Study Measures Chamomile Tea's Metabolites in Urine

The ability to determine the antioxidant and traditional anxiolytic effects of chamomile tea has been improved thru the analysis of urine of chamomile tea drinkers to detect certain key metabolites.


Members of ABC at the Academic level and above have access to HerbClip Online, a searchable database of more than 2,500 summaries and critical reviews of contemporary literature dealing with a variety of subjects related to herbs and phytomedicines.

The HerbClip Educational Mailing Service, which provides hardcopies of reviews/summaries along with the original articles (in most cases) twice monthly, is available at the Sponsor member and HerbClip Service levels. For more information, please contact the Development Department at the Development Department or 800-373-7105.

HerbClip Inserts: Reach a targeted audience of hundreds of ABC supporters for your next conference or educational event by inserting your promotional materials into an HerbClip mailing. For more information including rates, click here, and please contact Cassandra Johnson at HerbalEGram or 800-373-7105.

Here are samples from the most recent HerbClip release:

Efficacy of Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) in Treating Ankle Disorders

Effects of Flax Seed Intake in Healthy Menopausal Women

Latest News on ABC’s Web Site

Federal Court Overturns FDA Ban on Ephedra at Low Doses

A U.S. District Court in Utah has overturned the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on the controversial herb ephedra (Ephedra sinica).

NCCAM and ODS Co-Fund Five Botanical Research Centers

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Office of Dietary Supplements – both at the National Institutes of Health – have provided funding for continued botanical research at 2 existing Botanical Research Centers and have funded 3 new centers.

Using the ABC Website

We get consistent feedback that our website contains some of the most effective and useful herbal information available. We continually update our online educational content to keep our members informed about the latest breakthroughs in herbal medicine. We have included a link on the home page to an article explaining useof the website (click here). We are aware of the fact that many members do not know how to use the online content and many may not know their access information. If you do not have your access information, need an online tour of our databases and/or want to update your user login and password to help you make your search more efficient, please call or email Cassandra Johnson at 800-373-7105 or HerbalEGram.

Legal and Regulatory

Federal Court Overturns FDA Ban on Ephedra at Low Doses

A U.S. District Court in Utah has overturned the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on the controversial herb ephedra (Ephedra sinica).

FDA Issues New Guidelines on Dietary Supplement Labeling

On April 21 the Food and Drug Administration posted a document on its website that provides manufacturers and marketers of dietary supplements additional information on FDA policies related to the labeling and sales of dietary supplements.

New/ Featured Items in ABC’s Book Catalog

The Lost Amazon: The Photographic Journey of Richard Evans Schultes

By Wade Davis, 2004
#B536 Hardcover, 220 pp. $35.00

Essential Guide to Herbal Safety

By Simon Mills and Kerry Bone, 2005
#B535 Hardcover, 704 pp. $59.95

Integrative Medicine: Principles for Practice

By Benjamin Kligler and Roberta Lee, 2004
#B533 Hardcover, 700 pp. $59.95
Also featured – CME Study Guide
#B534 Softcover, 240 pp. $55.00

Medical Botany: Plants Affecting Human Health, 2nd edition.

By Walter H. Lewis and Memory P.F. Lewis, 2003
#B531 Hardcover, 832 pp. $95.00