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July marks the 25th anniversary of ABC's quarterly, peer-reviewed journal HerbalGram. What started as a short newsletter of herbal news has expanded into an 80-page journal filled with information that spans the international herbal community and beyond. HerbalGram is also available online, and web users can search past issues and to see how ABC, as well as professional and public perceptions of herbal medicine has changed and grown over the years.

We look forward to providing many more years of teh same kind of quality information and news you've come to expect from HerbalGram and ABC. Thank you for your continued support.


The Staff of the American Botanical Council

Media Watch

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John Dromgoole Does it Naturally
A pioneer in the organics movement, John Dromgoole brings his expertise to gardeners in Texas.
Gandara, Ricardo. Austin American-Statesman. June 29, 2008.

Garden is a Seedbed for Green Cosmetics
The 73-year-old WALA company’s all natural product line is popular among consumers and celebrities alike.
Landler, Mark. New York Times. June 28, 2008.

Healing the Wounds of China’s Quake
Herbal remedies were used after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake to prevent infection and reduce pain.
Elliott, Jane. BBC News. June 14, 2008.

Inside Medicine: Western Science Meets Skepticism
Villagers in rural India look to Ayurvedic medicine to cure HIV/AIDS rather than Western medicine, despite a lack of studies proving the effectiveness of Ayurvedic treatments for this use.  
Wilkes, Michael. Sacramento Bee. June 8, 2008.

How an Effervescent Tablet Got Me in Terrorist Hot Water
Reporter David Ho details his flight delay after a passenger suspected him of terrorist activity. His offense was using Airborne® tablets before the flight.
Ho, David. Austin American-Statesman. June 29, 2008.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Could Be Remedy for Failure at Olympics
In order to avoid accusations of doping, Chinese Olympic officials have asked that athletes refrain from using traditional Chinese medicine.
Page, Jeremy. The Times. July 1, 2008.

Peyote Vendors Specialize in Finding ‘Flesh of God’
Overharvesting has affected the potency of peyote and the availability of the cactus for American Indian religions that use it.
Roebuck, Jeremy. Austin American-Statesman. July 10, 2008.

Pharmaceutical Company Taps Opportunities in Vietnam
Traditional Chinese medicine companies in China look to Vietnam for a profitable market and favorable herb growing conditions.
China Daily. July 12, 2008.

Tibet Boom in Herbal Health
As the number of traditional Tibetan medicine practitioners increases, the herb-based medical system grows in popularity.
Shanghai Daily. July 14, 2008.

Magnolia Compound May Have Anti-Cancer Properties
The fruit 'cone' of the magnolia tree (Magnolia officinalis) contains a compound called honokiol, which may slow the growth of cancerous tumors.
Cancer Research UK. July 16, 2008.


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

July 23-25: NBJ Newport Summit. Point, CA.

July 24: Cooking with Herbs, Part 1: The Sweet Side. Allenstown, NH.

July 25-27: Teas & Tinctures Workshop. Kodiak Island, AK.

July 26: 6th Annual Mendocino Herb Fair. Mendocino, CA.

July 26-27: NW Herb Fest. Eugene, OR.

July 30: The Secret Lives of Garden Herbs: Their Medicinal Uses. Allenstown, NH.

August 3-8: 7th Joint Meeting of AFERP, ASP, GA, PSE, & SIF: Natural Products with Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical, Cosmetic and Agrochemical Interest. Athens, Greece.

August 11-15: 2008 International Training Program on Natural Products. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

August 22-24: The 21st Annual New England Women's Herbal Conference. Peterborough, NH.

August 24-28: The 6th International Symposium on In Vitro Culture and Horticultural Breeding. Brisbane, Australia.

Featured Book Excerpt

This month's selected book sample for our new "Book Excerpt" section is from Herbal Medicines by Joanne Barnes, Linda Anderson, and J. David Phillipson. The excerpt contains the title page, table of contents, and a PDF of the Bilberry and Hawthorn monographs. You can read the book excerpt, our review, and other information on our new Featured Book Excerpt page.


The current HerbClip bin was released on July 15, 2008. Two samples have been made available online to all members:

Hypolipidemic Effects of Soy and Green Tea, Independently and in Combination, in Dyslipidemic Subjects

Corktree Bark/Orange Peel Blend May Benefit Heart Health in Osteoarthritis Patients

ABC members at the Academic level and higher can access all 15 HerbClips just released by visiting the HerbClip Homepage.

ABC's Individual members can upgrade membership to the Academic level to access HerbClips on the ABC website.

The HerbClip Educational Mailing Service is published twice monthly and provides printed copies of reviews/summaries along with the original articles (in most cases). This unique educational benefit is available at the Sponsor Member level and for HerbClip Service members. For more information, please contact ABC’s Membership Department by email or by phone at 512-926-4900.