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By ABC Staff
HerbalEGram, the American Botanical Council's monthly e-magazine, presents its second annual list of the "Top 10 Most Popular Articles" of the year. In 2014, editorial staff members and expert guest authors contributed dozens of stories, covering topics ranging from a German court's reversal of the country's kava ban to a review of Dr. Mehmet Oz's testimony in a US Senate hearing on weight-loss products. Read more>>

By ABC Staff
In the past year, ABC continued to promote and enhance its mission to provide reliable, science-based information for the responsible use of herbs, essential oils, teas, other beneficial botanicals, and fungi. Among many other notable accomplishments, ABC saw the creation of two new publications in 2014 and celebrated the publication of HerbClip's 500th issue. In addition to hiring two new staff members, ABC announced in late December that Board of Trustees Member Tom Newmark would start 2015 as the new Chair of the Board. Read more>>

By Hannah Bauman and Natalie Ebrom
The second installment of HerbalEGram's new Food as Medicine series focuses on the history of use and therapeutic benefits of horseradish. Popular in modern times as a condiment, horseradish has been used traditionally for a variety of conditions, including respiratory ailments, gout, and toothache. A member of the family Brassicaceae, horseradish contains numerous phytochemicals similar to its cruciferous cousins, with promising research exploring their chemoprotective and anti-cancer properties. Read more>>

By ABC Staff
Earlier this month, the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program published its inaugural Laboratory Guidance Document (LGD) on skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora). The new LGD series comprises comprehensive, extensively peer-reviewed, and up-to-date analytical assessments of methods for authentication of the identity of botanical ingredients and detection of adulterants.

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Featured Book
Chamomile: Medicinal, Biochemical, and Agricultural Aspects was written by Moumita Das and published in 2014 by CRC Press. The featured excerpt includes the book’s title page, table of contents, and preface, as well as the introduction and Chapter 1, “Introduction to Chamomile.”

Moumita Das, PhD, has written the 13th volume in CRC Press’s “Traditional Herbal Medicines for Modern Times” series focusing on Matricaria recutita, commonly known as German or Hungarian chamomile. Chamomile provides the latest information on a variety of topics, with chapters on the botany, medicinal properties, and cultivation of the plant. The text serves a wide audience of readers, from researchers and scientists to cultivators and entrepreneurs.

A detailed table of contents allows readers to access the precise information they seek, and over 30 tables in the text put much of the data in a clear, easy-to-read format. According to CRC Press, “this book provides the latest on the medicinal, aromatic, and cultivation aspects of chamomile. It covers chamomile’s geographical distribution, taxonomy, chemistry, pharmacology, genetics, biochemistry, breeding, and cultivation. The book also discusses the profiles of the several medicinally active compounds of the oil and extracts and how their levels could be increased through breeding.” Each chapter ends with an extensive list of references, citing many current as well as classic publications.

 is available for purchase from the publisher’s website. CRC Press is offering HerbalEGram readers an exclusive 20% discount site-wide. To take advantage of this offer, use the promo code “ALP87” at checkout.
Media Watch

The Root of the Ginseng Industry’s Problem. Maclean’s. 1-6-15. An expanding supply of cultivated American ginseng could ease the pressure on wild-harvested roots and aid conservation efforts.

A Cup of Blueberries a Day Could Save Your Heart. Nature World News. 1-9-15. According to a recent study, one cup of blueberries per day can significantly reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness, especially for post-menopausal women.

Bob McDonnell, Ex-Governor of Virginia, Is Sentenced to 2 Years for CorruptionNew York Times. 1-6-15. The former governor was convicted in 2014 for receiving bribes and gifts on behalf of Anatabloc® manufacturer Jonnie R. Williams, Sr. of Star Scientific.

Is Ayahuasca Right For You? Utne Reader. 1-9-15. In his latest book, Chris Kilham guides readers through the "spiritual journey" undertaken by those who drink ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew prepared by Amazonian shamans.

FDA Tells Herbal Supplement Maker to Play by New RulesUSA Today. 1-4-15. Complying with FDA regulations meant to deter adulteration can be challenging for smaller herbal businesses, who lack the means to lab test and verify their ingredients.

Federal Antidrug Law Goes Up in SmokeWall Street Journal. 12-28-14. Colorado neighbors Nebraska and Oklahoma have asked the US Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

The 10 Key Events of 2014… Our Editors' Selections. NutraIngredients-USA. 12-19-14. The editors of NutraIngredients-USA reflect on the significant industry events and decisions that occurred in 2014.

Green Tea, Mitochondria, Omega-3 & Curcumin: The Top 10 Science [Articles] of 2014. NutraIngredients-USA. 12-17-14. New research on nutrition and dietary supplements from the past year has brought breakthroughs and controversy.

Community And Industry Releases

NIH Complementary and Integrative Health Agency Gets New Name. Press release from National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

CRN Foundation Renews Its Commitment to Self-Regulatory Efforts for Dietary Supplement Advertising. Press release from Council for Responsible Nutrition Foundation.

MAPS Receives $2 Million Grant from Colorado for Study of Medical Marijuana for PTSD
. Press release from Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.

New Study by NYBG Scientist Uses DNA Barcoding To Check Authenticity of This Popular Herbal Supplement
. Press release from New York Botanical Garden.

The Medical Cannabis Institute Announces First-Ever Comprehensive Clinical Cannabinoid Medicine Curriculum
. Press release from Medical Cannabis Institute.

Sen. Martin Heinrich Recognized as New Senate Standard Bearer for Dietary Supplements
. Press release from American Herbal Products Association.


January 16-17: 12th Annual Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Update. San Diego, California, USA.

February 19-21: Integrative Healthcare Symposium. New York, New York, USA.

March 5-8: Natural Products Expo West. Anaheim, California, USA.

April 7-9: Ingredients Marketplace. Orlando, Florida, USA.

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

Herbal IQ

Components of this herb in the family Iridaceae have been shown to exhibit aphrodisiac-like effects in animal studies. Can you name the plant? Find the answer here!