Get Involved
About Us
Our Members
ABC News & Appearances

HerbalGram Celebrates 25 Years

Gearing Up for the Third Annual HerbDay, October 11, 2008

October 22-24: SupplySide West Conference and Trade Show. Las Vegas, NV.
ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will present a workshop with Robert S. McQuate, PhD covering the market trends, use as an ingredient, and GRAS status for the increasingly popular herb stevia. Global dietary supplement, food and beverage, and cosmeceutical manufacturers come to SupplySide West to source ingredients and services, research and develop new products, find new suppliers and learn about late-breaking science. More information, registration, and information on exhibit space reservations, are availible at

ABC and other herb-oriented organizations are preparing for the third annual HerbDay celebration, which will kick off on October 11th. There will be many opportunities for people across the nation to find a local celebration to attend. We will also hold educational demonstrations at our own headquarters in Austin, Texas, for those in the area. You can find more information about these celebrations along with more news concerning the herbal community in this month’s issue of HerbalEGram.


The Staff of the American Botanical Council

Media Watch

ABC editorial staff tested the links of the articles below just prior to publication to ensure that they were still live. However, various publications disable links at different times. ABC is not responsible for the longevity of links for these articles, nor the accuracy of the information contained in each article.

Products derived from natural, nontoxic ingredients -- once seen as fringe -- are now mainstream
Companies struggle to reformulate the ingredients or materials in their products so that they are easier on the environment.
Cone, Marla. Los Angeles Times. September 14, 2008.

Herb Eases Alzheimer Symptoms by Multiple Actions
Researchers at the University of Maryland believe that ginkgo may help prevent or delay Alzheimer's symptoms by helping the brain build new nerve cells and by removing “senile plaques”.
Berberich, Steve. UMB News. August 22, 2008.

Stevia is All-natural and Calorie-free, but is it Safe?
Though it was once thought to harm reproductive function and produce genetic mutations, several studies show Stevia to be safe for human consumption. 
Conis, Elana. Los Angeles Times. August 25, 2008.

Debate Ongoing About Nutritional Supplements
For a price, some companies will provide consumers with personalized supplement regimens to remedy vitamin deficiencies, though some believe that the tests used can’t properly access the nutritional needs of every individual.
Scott, Marian. Vancouver Sun. August 2, 2008.

Research and Technology Minister Calls on Insurance Companies to Include Jamu on Their List
The Indonesian state minister for research and technology has asked insurance companies to treat traditional herbal medicine or jamu as an acceptable medicine for their clients.
Susanti, Reh Atemalem. Tempo Interactive. August 27, 2008.

Ayurvedic Medicines Often Contaminated by Toxic Materials, Study Says
A professor at Boston University has found that 20% of the Ayurvedic treatments he tested had levels of toxic metals that would not pass California’s standards for safety.
Zarembo, Alan. Los Angeles Times. August 27, 2008.

Drug Makers Cashing in on Health Supplement Segment
Several drug makers in India are converting or adding nutraceuticals or functional foods to their lists of products.
Jayakumar, P.B. Mumbai Standard. August 22, 2008.

Malaysia Has Potential to be Herbal Hub
The Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovations for Malaysia has encouraged local herb retailers to be mindful of the quality of their herbs as the country moves into the global herbal market. More than 10,000 herbal products are now produced in Malaysia, compared to only 339 in 1995.
Bernama. August 21, 2008.

5 Ways to Treat Acid Reflux Naturally
Aloe vera and licorice are among a list of natural treatments that may be useful for acid reflux. 
Fiore, Marrecca. Fox News. August 14, 2008.

Most of Nepalese Herbal Plants Rich in Antidiabetic Qualities
Many herbs from Napalese folk medicine may treat symptoms of diabetes, but only a few have been studied for efficacy.
The Rising Nepal. August 7, 2008.

Graedons: Some Food Combos Can Do Harm
Common foods such as avocadoes, green tea, mango and others may interfere with drugs and herbal remedies by preventing absorption or thinning blood.
Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa. Houston Chronicle. August 10, 2008.

YourHealth: Painkiller on Your Kitchen Shelf
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) does double duty as an anti-inflammatory (or painkiller) and cooking spice used in Ayurvedic and Chinese Traditional Medicine.
M., Rajen. New Straits Times. September 7, 2008.

Popularity of a Hallucinogen May Thwart Its Medical Uses
Researchers are concerned that the recent rise in the recreational use of Salvia divinorum may cause legislators to restrict or ban the sale of the plant even though it may have many potential medicinal benefits.
Sack, Kevin and Brent McDonald. New York Times. September 8, 2008.


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

September 16-19: XX Symposium of Brazilian Medicinal Plants & X International Congress of Ethnopharmacology. Sao Paulo, Brazil.

September 18-20: National Conference on Increasing Production & Productivity of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants through Traditional Practices. Pantnagar, India.

September 21-25: The 1st International Jujube Symposium. Baoding, China.

September 24-26: USP Annual Scientific Meeting 2008. Kansas City, MO.

September 26-28: Healthy Harvest Show 2008. Long Beach, CA.

September 28 - October 2: IFEAT International Conference 2008. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

September 30: GMPs for Dietary Supplements II: FDA’s Initial Inspection & Enforcement Actions. Salt Lake City, UT.

October 2-5: CRN’s Annual Symposium on Dietary Supplements. Santa Ana Pueblo, NM.

October 6-7: The 5th Annual Healthy Foods European Summit. London, UK.

October 6-20: International Training on Recent Advances in Mushroom Cultivation Technology. Chambaghat, Solan, India.

October 10-12: 2008 Shanghai International Conference on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Natural Medicine. Shanghai, China.

October 11: HerbDay 2008. Austin, TX (ABC event) and other events nationwide.

October 11: Hawai’i Pacific Islands Kava Festival. Honolulu, Hawai’i.

October 12: 7th Annual Catskill Mountain Ginseng/Medicinal Herb Festival. Greene County, NY.

October 12-15: China Tea Expo 2008. Beijing, China.

October 12-17: Destination Health: Renewing Mind, Body, & Soul. Kaua, Hawai’i.

October 13-15: The 4th Annual Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment. Santa Fe, NM.

October 15-18: Natural Products Expo East 2008 & Organic Products Expo. Boston, MA.

October 22-24: SupplySide West Conference and Trade Show. Las Vegas, NV.

Featured Book Excerpt

September's selected book excerpt is from Duke's Handbook of Medicinal Plants of the Bible by James A. Duke with Peggy-Ann K. Duke and Judith L. duCellier, published in 2007. The excerpt contains the book cover, title page, and table of contents, and sections covering onion, garlic, leek, and aloe. These excerpts and more information can be found on this month's Featured Book Excerpt page.


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

Modified Citrus Pectin Decreases Blood Lead Concentrations in Children

Tea Consumption May Be Associated with Lowering Cognitive Impairment Risk

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.