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By ABC Staff
Total sales of herbal dietary supplements in the United States increased by an estimated 7.5% in 2015, according to the recently published HerbalGram Herb Market Report. This annual report, which appears in issue 111 and is available online, was produced in collaboration with the market research firms SPINS and IRI, as well as New Hope Natural Media's Nutrition Business JournalRead more >>

By Hannah Bauman and Brittany Markides
Skip the spoonful of sugar to help this medicine go down: bitter melon has been used for thousands of years as a therapeutic food for people with diabetes. Human and animal trials have investigated the gourd's insulin-modulating properties as well as its ability to alleviate the side effects commonly associated with diabetes mellitus. Read more >>

Highlights from the 2016 Joint Natural Products Conference
By Stefan Gafner, PhD
More than 1,100 natural product scientists and other interested parties attended the 2016 Joint Natural Products Conference held in late July in Copenhagen, Denmark. In this article, ABC Chief Science Officer Stefan Gafner, PhD, summarizes some of the cutting-edge research presented at the three-day conference, which included dozens of lectures and more than 1,000 individual poster presentations. Read more >>

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Did you know? HerbalGram is available in three digital formats: PDF, page-flip, and HTML. Check them out!

Featured Book
The Complete Herbs Sourcebook: An A-Z Guide to Herbs to Cure Your Everyday Ailments was written by David Hoffmann and published in 2016 by Skyhorse Publishing. The excerpt contains the table of contents, preface, introduction, "How to Use This Book," and "Ears, Nose, Throat, and Eyes."

 Expert herbalist David Hoffmann presents a comprehensive collection of over 200 herbs and step-by-step advice for their use. The book is arranged by body system, offering herbal remedies and diet tips for a wide variety of conditions. The text also contains a materia medica describing each herb's actions, constituents, indications, and dosage recommendations; sections explaining the chemistry and actions of botanicals; and tips on gathering and preparing herbs for medicinal use. Written in a clear, easy-to-read format, this book makes herbal healing accessible and understandable.

The Complete Herbs Sourcebook can be purchased at the publisher's website. This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Skyhorse Publishing and may not be reproduced for any other use without permission.
Media Watch

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Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil May Reduce Cardiovascular Risk. NutraIngredients. August 23, 2016. A new human clinical trial out of India suggests that sea buckthorn seed oil supplementation reduced dyslipidemia, cardiovascular risk factors, and hypertension.

Managing Diabetes with Medicinal Plants. Kew Science blog. August 9, 2016. As diabetes becomes increasingly prevalent, the local use of medicinal plants may provide cost-effective methods for disease management.

Minnesota Library Chronicles the History of Natural Cures. Minneapolis Star Tribune. August 17, 2016. The University of Minnesota's Owen H. Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine hosts the Midwest's largest collection of medical recipes, some of which date back to the 16th century.

RCT Supports Fenugreek Extract's Menopausal Benefits. NutraIngredients-USA. September 1, 2016. A standardized extract of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) may reduce hot flashes in postmenopausal women and improve their quality of life, says a new study.

Supplement Industry Begins Analyzing Long-Awaited Revised NDI Draft GuidanceNatural Products Insider. August 11, 2016. In August 2016, the FDA released its updated guidance regarding notification for new dietary ingredients, which is subject to a 60-day comment period.

Timeline For Texas' Cannabis Oil Law Leads To Medical Refugees. Houston Public Media. August 25, 2016. The slow implementation of the state's medical marijuana ruling has left some families running out of options, prompting many to move to states where the treatments are already legal.

The Ginseng Web. Boston Globe. August 25, 2016. A new book explores how the global plant trade, especially for medicinal plants as popular as ginseng, shaped colonial expansion in the 1700s.
Keep up to date with the latest herbal headlines with ABC's new online news feed: Herbal MediaWatch.

Community And Industry Releases

American Herbalists Guild 27th Annual Symposium
September 29 - October 3.
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.

SupplySide West
October 4-8.
Las Vegas, Nevada.
$50 Discount Off Expo Hall Only Pass Package
Promo Code: ABCSSW16 (Expires 9/30/16)

CRN's Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry
October 26-29.
Dana Point, California

Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine - People, Planet, Purpose: Global Practitioners United in Health and Healing
October 30 - November 3.
San Diego, CA.

International Conference on DNA Technology for Authentication, Quality Control, and Conservation of Herbal Material
December 12-14.
Hong Kong, China.

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

Herbal IQ

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