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Thank you for your continued support of the American Botanical Council. Through your support, we have been able to provide the educational services and information to members such as yourself around the world. We hope that you continue to grow with us as we work to inform others of the safe and effective uses of herbal medicine. 

One international and one national body have focused their efforts to regulate separate parts of the herbal industry.  The European Medicines Evaluation Agency Committee hopes to receive feedback concerning herbal medicine product regulation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced new restrictions on the export of wild American ginseng.  You can find these stories and other news in the herbal arena in this issue of HerbalEGram.

Thank you again for your support.

The Staff of the American Botanical Council

ABC News & Appearances

Acclaimed Ethnobotany Textbook Republished: Plants, People, and Culture Available from American Botanical Council. You can find more information about this new book in our press release or order it from our Herbal Education Catalog online.

September 8: NOW Foods Traditional Herbal MedicineTeleseminar.  NOW Foods’ monthly training seminar for September will feature Mark Blumenthal who will speak on Traditional Herbal Medicine and its place in the Healthcare Market Today. The seminar is scheduled for Thursday, September 8 at 4:00 pm Eastern time and will be conducted as a "live" seminar by telephone. For more information about the training seminars, please visit NOW’s Web site:

September 9-11: 2005 International Aloe Science Council Seminar. South Padre Island, Texas. The International Aloe Science Council is holding its 24th annual scientific seminar on South Padre Island, Texas. Scientists will present findings from their studies on some of the latest aloe research. Speakers include Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of ABC, who will present a lecture titled “Negative Outcomes for Clinical Trials on Herbs and Phytomedicines: Media Reports and Public Perceptions - A Crisis in Consumer Confidence,” and Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association, who will speak on “Current Regulatory Issues for Aloe and Other Herbal Products”. There will also be an optional post-seminar tour to aloe fields in South Texas. For more information, contact IASC: the American Botanical Council: Phone: 972-258-8772. Web site:

September 15-18: Natural Products Expo East. Washington, DC. Featuring every category in the natural and organic products industry, Natural Products Expo East and Organic Products Expo-BioFach America deliver more than 600 new products from the best companies to a growing international audience. ABC’s Mark Blumenthal will present speeches on topics such as “Creating Success in the Latin American Marketplace” with Danilo Menant and Jorge Weil as well as “Groundbreaking Scientific Study Documents Specifically How Echinacea Rallies the Human Immune System” with Dr. Jen Tan and Prof. Rudolf Bauer. Phone: 866-458-4935. E-mail: Web site:

September 30 – October 2: Healthy Harvest Show co-sponsored by NNFA West. San Jose, CA. Annual trade show and educational conference for retailers.  The show is expected to feature over 200 exhibitors of organic and natural foods and products, dietary supplements, and more. ABC founder Mark Blumenthal will present a keynote lecture at the show. For more information, contact Healthy Harvest. Phone: 805- 646-4246. E-mail: Web site:

October 7 – 9: The International Complementary and Natural Healthcare Conference and Expo (CAM Expo West), Los Angeles Convention Center, features the latest trends, research, clinical trials and protocols in the field of complementary and integrative healthcare. ABC is a collaborating partner of this event. Practitioners who attend CAM Expo West will learn the latest information, techniques, tools and services to grow and enhance their practices. Register at and use priority code ABC for a discount.


HerbalGram 68 will be mailed in late October.  The following is a story covering the feature topic of HerbalGram 67 on Ginkgo extract.

The Benefits of Ginkgo Extract in Healthy People


The current HerbClip bin was released on August 31, 2005. Two samples have been made available online to all members:

Ginger Extract May Offer a Safe Treatment to Protect Against Alzheimer's Disease Inflammation

Study in New England Journal of Medicine Tests Efficacy of Echinacea Extracts in the Treatment of Rhinovirus Infections

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