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ABC Receives Grant for New Ayurvedic Herbal Garden

Register for ABC’s Peruvian Amazonia and Andes Botanical Medicine Trip

Michael Moore and American Herbalism: April 17-19, Truth or Consequences, NM. This event celebrates the life of the late renowned herbalist Michael Moore and will include the premiere of the documentary “Just an Old Fashioned Herbalist.” ABC’s Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will act as master of ceremonies of the conference’s banquet.

April 27-29, 2009: ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will be giving a presentation on issues and trends in the herb market at Supply Side East International Trade Show and Conference in Secaucus, NJ.

Dietary supplements and herbal remedies have been the source of some controversy lately. A US Government Accountability Office report, released last month, has recommended greater oversight of the supplement industry from the US Food and Drug Administration. This report has already spurred comments from industry organizations and politicians, and it could potentially generate future regulatory changes. The UK’s Prince Charles, meanwhile, recently initiated a line of herbal products that has been the focus of some scrutiny, leading the manufacturer to amend advertising claims last month. Both topics are addressed in this issue of HerbalEGram.

With the onset of Spring, ABC is devoting renewed attention to its many gardens. A new garden—highlighting the Ayurvedic healing tradition—will soon be planted at ABC's headquarters in Austin, TX.


The Staff of the American Botanical Council

Media Watch

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More States Move Toward Allowing Medical Marijuana Use. USA Today. 3-27-09. As the Obama administration limits prosecutions of people who use or dispense medicinal marijuana, more states are moving to legalize the drug for those purposes.

Study Shows Many Indian Herbal Medicines on the Internet Contain Toxic Metals. Natural News. 3-21-09. Researchers find that about one in 5 Indian herbal medicines sold over the Internet contains high levels of arsenic, lead, or mercury.

Nigerian Government Joins Practitioners to Increase Technology Used in Herbal Medicine. The Daily Triumph. 3-20-09. To ensure effective healthcare, the Nigerian government and traditional medicine practitioners will collaborate to use more technology in herbal medicine production.

Tiger Hunters May Fall Prey to Malaysia’s Poaching Clampdown. Bloomberg. 3-17-09. The Malaysian government and environmental groups hope to increase the country's wild tiger population, which is low due to poaching of the animals, partly for use of their skins and bones in traditional medicines.

Iraqi Herbal Doctors See a Boom in Business. The National. 3-11-09. Herbal doctors across Baghdad are experiencing a rise in trade as the country’s open borders following the US-led invasion have been causing public distrust of fake pharmaceutical medicines.

In South Korea, Drinks Are on the Maple Tree. New York Times. 3-6-09. Many Korean villagers and a growing number of urban customers drink gallons of maple tree sap, which is said to have numerous medicinal benefits.

Enviga Settlement Reached. BevNET. 2-27-09. Coca Cola Co. and Nestle Inc. have agreed to pay 27 states a total of $650,000 and will also begin including language on their Enviga green tea beverage that clarifies that the product will not burn calories without diet and exercise.

Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret. Discovery Health. 2-10-09. Scientists say that the decomposition of a compound in garlic called allicin, which gives the plant its aroma and flavor, provides the food's health benefits.


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

April 6-9, 2009: 8th Annual Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals. Oxford, MS.

May 2-4, 2009: World Tea Expo. Las Vegas, NV.

May 10-13, 2009: 6th Annual Nutrition & Health Conference: "Nutrition and Health: State of the Science and Clinical Applications." Chicago, IL.

Featured Book Excerpt

Integrative Oncology Cover


April's selected book excerpt comes from Integrative Oncology by Donald Abrams and Andrew Weil (eds), published in 2009. are available here.

Reprinted with permission from Integrative Oncology by Donald Abrams and Andrew Weil published by Oxford University Press, Inc. © 2009, Oxford University Press. 


The current HerbClip bin was released on March 31, 2009. The following samples have been made available online to all members:

Small Study Finds Soy in Combination with Prebiotics or Probiotics Decreases Cholesterol Concentrations in Hypercholesterolemic Subjects

Green Tea Catechin Consumption Enhances Loss of Abdominal Fat

ABC members at the Academic level and higher can access all 15 HerbClips just released by visiting the HerbClip homepage. To gain access to all HerbClips, upgrade your membership