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2014 Tea Sales on Track to Set a Record
By Brian Keating, Ash Lindstrom, Mary Ellen Lynch, and Mark Blumenthal
Tea is the world's second most-consumed beverage, and the popularity of the Camellia sinensis-based drink is increasing in the United States. In 2013, total retail sales of tea (whether bagged, loose, or in concentrated form) grew 5.9% from the previous year, according to calculations by the market research firm SPINS. In this collaborative market report, the authors present trend analyses, market predictions, 12 detailed tables, and more. Read more>>

By Jay Pierotti, PhD
Guest contributor Jay Pierotti, PhD, a natural products chemist with experience in tobacco analysis, presents a review of the chemistry, pharmacology, and toxicology of anatabine, a minor constituent of the tobacco plant and various other botanical species. This special online feature, which accompanies HerbalGram's legal and regulatory coverage of anatabine-based products in issue #104, also includes a summary of available animal and human clinical studies. Read more>>

By Hannah Bauman
The number of smartphone owners who use healthcare-related apps is projected to reach more than 1 billion by 2018. HerbalGram Assistant Editor Hannah Bauman discusses four noteworthy herbal medicine reference apps, including new offerings from the New York Botanical Garden and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Integrative Medicine Service, as well as regulatory considerations for mobile applications. Read more>>

Camellia sinensis.

Chemical structure of anatabine.

Featured Book
Rodale's 21st Century Herbal: A Practical Guide for Healthy Living Using Nature's Most Powerful Plants was written by Michael J. Balick and published in 2014 by Rodale Books. The featured excerpt includes the book's title page, table of contents, foreword by Andrew Weil, preface, and part of Chapter 5, “Herbal Health and Healing.”

Michael Balick, PhD, has written a broad overview of the myriad benefits of herbs. In 21st Century Herbal, he shows readers how to use botanicals to enhance medicine, cooking, household chores, and even pet care.

The book opens with a primer on botany and the practice of herbal healing around the globe, including the medical systems of Greece, China, India, and Africa. Part II includes ethnobotanical information and gardening notes on various herbs’ preferred growing environments. The final sections of the book guide readers through other practical uses of herbs, such as herbal cosmetics and nontoxic cleaning supplies. Gardening advice and methods of creating herbed vinegars, oils, and other cooking tips are included as well. Throughout this 500-plus page book, Dr. Balick encourages readers to integrate herbs into their everyday lives, while providing basic tools and background information to accomplish this with ease.

Read Bevin Clare's review of Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal in HerbalGram #103.

Reprinted from 
Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal by Michael J. Balick. Copyright © 2014 by Rodale Inc. By permission of Rodale Books. Available wherever books are sold.
Media Watch

A Push to Back Traditional Chinese Medicine with More Data. Wall Street Journal. 11-3-14. The growing popularity of TCM among Western patients has prompted more thorough research into the field and a push to standardize certain terms.

Healthy Benefits of Allspice and Nutmeg
. Fox News. 10-29-14. Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham explains the history and health benefits of two of fall’s favorite spices.

Cocoa Could Be the Secret to Good Memory in Old Age
. The Telegraph. 10-26-14. A small study of participants over 50 years of age showed that a high dose of cocoa flavanols improved cognitive performance.

Fresh From Appalachia: Chinese Medicinal Herbs
. NPR. 10-26-14. An increase in demand for high-quality Chinese medicinal herbs has led practitioners and farmers in Virginia to grow their own.

Green Coffee Beans for Weight Loss? Um, Never Mind
. Los Angeles Times. 10-22-14. Called “hopelessly flawed,” the study on green coffee beans that attracted the attention of Dr. Oz has been retracted.

When It Comes to Tea, Promoting the Power of the Plant
. New York Times. 10-20-14. Tea companies such as Traditional Medicinals are attracting consumers with their message of health, sustainability, and “plant power.”

Ecstasy and Acid in Your Medicine Cabinet? Doctors Explore Psychedelics
. Newsweek. 10-14-14. Psychedelics, with a history of use stretching back millennia, are experiencing a resurgence among researchers who are interested in harnessing their therapeutic benefits.

Scientists Warn About Stimulant in Workout Supplements
. USA Today. 10-8-14. A new, untested stimulant called DMBA – closely related to the illegal chemical DMAA – has started to appear in sports supplements, but the FDA has yet to take action.

Community And Industry Releases

United Plant Savers and Sacred Seeds Join Forces to Expand Mission of Medicinal Plant Conservation. Press release from United Plant Savers. 10-29-14.

Industry Organizations Respond to JAMA Research Letter on Adulterated Products. Press releases from Council for Responsible NutritionAmerican Herbal Products Association, and Natural Products Association. 10-22-14.

Pioneers in Aromatherapy and Organic Cosmetics Products Advance Holistic Care to Manage Kids’ Pain
. Press release from Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. 10-29-14.

Pills Meet Plants: Cigna Foundation Funds New York Botanical Garden Scientist’s Work; Project Will Improve Immigrant Health Care
. Press release from Cigna Foundation. 10-21-14.

AHPA Launches AHPA Import Records Center; Calls for Submission of Reports of Import Interruptions
. Update from American Herbal Products Association. 11-5-14.


November 6-10: American Herbalists Guild 25th Anniversary Symposium. Pine Mountain, Georgia, USA.

November 17-21: International Congress of Ethnobotany. Cordoba, Spain.

December 3-6: Fifth International Conference on Plants & the Environment. Lucknow, India.

February 19-20, 2015: Integrative Healthcare Symposium. New York, New York, USA.

More event listings can be found on ABC's website.

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