Scientific Journals Increasingly Skeptical of Antioxidant Research
By Stefan Gafner, PhD
©2017 Steven Foster
Food as Medicine: Burdock (Arctium lappa, Asteraceae)
By Hannah Bauman and Bethany Diaz
The Top 10 HerbalEGram Stories of 2017
By ABC Staff
Cranberry Adulteration Bulletin Released by Botanical Adulterants Program. December 18, 2017.
Botanical Adulterants Program Changes Name. January 10, 2018.
Author Emily Han draws from her experience in wildcrafting to compile a collection of recipes that explore the tasty and beneficial qualities of many different herbs, spices, nuts, and fruits. With a repertoire that ranges from shrubs to liqueurs to fermented sodas, Han encourages readers to experiment with local ingredients. Many of the botanicals used in the text have historical medicinal uses, which she explores in the recipe notes. Han’s concoctions offer a delicious introduction to the world of medicinal beverages.
Wild Drinks and Cocktails can be purchased from the publisher’s website. All material is used with permission from the publisher and may not be replicated for any other use.
New Rapid Authentication Test for Chinese Medicines. Analysis & Separations. January 10, 2018. Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University have developed a new analytical method that allows for the rapid authentication of certain Chinese herbs and fungi, such as reishi and gastrodia.
Orangutans, Like People, Use Medicinal Plants to Treat Joint and Muscle Inflammation. Phys.org. January 10, 2018. Scientists have observed wild orangutans in Borneo applying a lather of Dracaena cantleyi leaves, which are known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Food Trends to Know in 2018. Consumer Reports. January 9, 2018. Consumer Reports predicts the rise of certain foods in 2018, including edible flowers, functional mushrooms, and “unusual herbs,” such as chervil, lovage, and papalo.
After Devastating Cyclone, Fiji Farmers Plant For A Changed Climate. NPR. January 9, 2018. After the widespread devastation caused by Cyclone Winston in 2016, farmers in Fiji are turning to “climate-resilient” agriculture techniques, such as crop diversification, seed banking, and terrace farming.
Salvia Leads Chemists on a Psychedelic Existential Journey. WIRED. January 8, 2018. An organic chemist recently synthesized a modified version of salvinorin A, a hallucinogenic compound in the salvia plant, which some have suggested may lead to a “potential non-addictive alternative to opiates.”
Obscure Vomiting Illness Linked to Long-Term Pot Use. Scientific American. January 5, 2018. First documented in 2004, a rare but serious condition known as cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome has been linked to frequent, long-term cannabis use.
China Trial Reveals Ginkgo biloba’s Cognitive Benefits for Stroke Survivors. NutraIngredients-USA. January 4, 2018. A six-month trial of nearly 350 stroke survivors found that subjects taking a combination of ginkgo and aspirin experienced greater cognitive benefits than those taking only aspirin.
8 Ingredient Sales Surprises of 2017. Nutritional Outlook. January 4, 2018. According to data from the market research firm SPINS, multi-plant proteins, bee pollen, and nigella seed experienced notable sales growth in 2017.
Ferns, Roses, and More: The Second Installment of New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada is Available from NYBG Press. New York Botanic Garden. January 9, 2018.
A Botanical Mystery Solved by Phylogenetic Testing Published in Oryx. Missouri Botanical Garden. January 5, 2018.
US Attorney General Rescinds Obama-Era Marijuana Guidelines. NORML. January 4, 2018.
Senator Orrin Hatch Recognized for His Commitment to Dietary Supplement Consumers. Council for Responsible Nutrition. January 2, 2018.
AHPA Participates in Cosmetic Ingredient Review Panel Discussion on Four Herbal Ingredients. American Herbal Products Association. December 21, 2017.
Industry Coalition Reminds Consumers, Retailers, and Product Marketers that Dietary Supplements Cannot Claim to Treat Opioid Addiction. American Herbal Products Association. December 20, 2017.
Victory for Veterans as VA Changes Policy on Medical Cannabis. Americans for Safe Access. December 20, 2017.
UNPA Signs Joint Memorandum of Understanding with China Nutrition and Health Food Association. United Natural Products Alliance. December 19, 2017.
CRN Criticizes Overgeneralization of New Study in Annals of Internal Medicine. Council for Responsible Nutrition. December 18, 2017.
15th Annual Natural Supplements – Scripps. February 8-11, 2018. San Diego, California.
Natural Products Training Laboratory. February 12-16, 2018. Oxford, Mississippi.
Integrative Healthcare Symposium Annual Conference. February 22-24, 2018. New York, New York.
9th International Conference on Alternative Medicine. February 26-28, 2018. London, UK.
Natural Products Expo West. March 7-11, 2018. Anaheim, California. Find ABC at booth #4330!
Inaugural Inova Integrative & Functional Medicine Conference. April 14, 2018. Fairfax, Virginia.
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