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Ethnobotanical Tour: Botanical Medicines from the Amazon and Machu Picchu – October 17 – 26, 2005. In this 11th annual trip to Peru, participants will have the chance to view local plants and wildlife including over 1000 orchid species and a spectacled bear conservation project.  There are also several geographic attractions such as the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve and Rainforest Canopy walkway, the Madre de Dios River, the ancient Inca capital city of Cusco and the “lost” Andean citadel of the Incas, the renowned Machu Picchu.  Presentations will be given by James A. “Jim” Duke, Ph.D.; Sue H. Fisher-Mustalish, RN, HNC; Amazonian shaman Don Antonio Montero-Pisco, ABC’s own Mark Blumenthal, and others.     

Discussion topics include:     

  • History of Herbs in Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Medicinal Plants of the Amazon; Botanicals for Maternal and Child Health
  • Plants of Economic and Health Value
  • Amazonian Shamanic Traditions
  • Amazonian Food Farmacy
  • Herb-Drug Interactions
  • Overview of the US Herbal Marketplace

The total cost for this trip is $3730* and is open to all.  Places must be reserved by sending a $500 deposit by July 15, 2005. Hosted by ACEER and sponsored by ABC, participants will be able to earn continuing education credit. Please click here to print out the registration form or for more details.

*Reservations received after July 17, 2005 may be subject to an increased airline fee. This price is roundtrip from Miami, FL.

The databases and datasets you find at can be licensed for your institution or company Web site and can be purchased separately or as a package for an annual fee. The six databases and five datasets, which include access to Safety Assessment Reports, Commission E Online, and Herbal Body Care can be used internally by your institution or company intranet site or externally through your Internet Web site. For more information about content licensing, please contact Aileen Truax at the Development Department or at 512-926-4900.

HerbalEGram is now monthly!  We hope that more frequent installments of HEG will keep you up-to-date on the latest news, research, and events in the herbal community. As a valued ABC member, you will receive more value from the HEG service with greater frequency and information than before.   

As always, we thank you for your support of the nonprofit educational mission of ABC.


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July 15-17: NNFA 2005: 68th Annual Natural Products Convention and Trade Show. Las Vegas, NV. ABC will have a booth at this multi-faceted event that offers the natural products community a venue to discover health and nutrition trends, scientific advancements, innovations in supplements, foods, health products, personal care, organics, sports nutrition and much more. Come visit us at booth 1526. Ph: 800-966-6632. E-mail: Web site:

August 15-18:University of Mississippi Conference. Oxford, MS. ABC’s Mark Blumenthal will present a lecture titled "Determining Safety Information for Herb Product Labels: The American Botanical Council's Safety Assessment Program." The National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) within the School of Pharmacy at The University of Mississippi will host a conference on Quality and Safety Issues Related to Botanicals. Topic areas will include such issues as authentication, cultivation, collection, and post-harvest practices for producing quality plant material, and chemical, toxicological methods for quality/safety assessment. For more information, contact Ikhlas Khan. E-Mail:  Ph: 662-915-7821 Web site:


ABC announces the Web Exclusive reprint of the two part ABC copyright article “Bitter Orange Peel and Synephrine,” which is reprinted in HerbalGram Online with permission from WholeFoods. Part 1 was published in the March 2004 issue of WholeFoods. Part 2 was published in the March 2005 issue. Although it was not printed or reprinted in HerbalGram, we offer it to our readers through HerbalGram Online as a web-only exclusive.

HerbalGram 67 will ship in late July and will feature a comprehensive review of clinical trials on Ginkgo extract in normal healthy adults and a photo essay on ABC’s 2004 ethnobotanical trip.


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

July 6-9: African Healing Wisdom: from Tradition to Current Applications and Research. Washington, D.C. Through a comprehensive presentation of national and international case-studies and examples, this conference will focus on two key questions to evaluate African traditional healing practices in the context of delivering affordable, sustainable and culturally-sensitive care: (1) what can African traditional medicines contribute to the prevention and control of infectious and chronic diseases, and how can such contributions be validated and enhanced; and (2) what roles can traditional African health knowledge play in addressing issues of health disparities and equity, both at home and abroad, and how can these roles be enhanced? Web Site:

July 14-15: The AICR/WCRF International Research Conference on Food, Nutrition and Cancer. Washington, DC. Attendees will hear about the latest research developments in this rapidly expanding field and take part in the process of open discussion that drives scientific progress. The opening plenary session will focus on the life course approach to cancer which attempts to study how various biological and environmental factors, during different life stages, independently, cumulatively and interactively influence the risk for developing cancer. Split sessions will examine factors in greater depth such as promising anti-cancer activity exhibited by phytochemicals and other food constituents to the use of animal models for studying specific biological mechanisms. Ph: 703-683-6334 or 540-373-4493. Fax: 540-373-8893. E-mail: Web site:

July 15-18: Organic & Natural Korea 2005. Seoul, Korea. The whole organic and natural industry meets at 'Organic & Natural Korea 2005,’ the International Organic & Natural Trade Fair. This year's event attracted an impressive more than 130 exhibitors from 10 countries and 12,000 registered trade visitors from Asian region as well as Korea. In Organic & Natural Korea you can find the global range of organic food and natural products including functional food, supplements, healthy products, natural personal care products, food ingredients and raw material to finished product. Ph: +82 2 557 6776.    Fax: +82 2 557 0870. E-mail: Web site:

July 15-23: XVII International Botanical Congress. Vienna, Austria. The Botanical Congress is organized by the IBC Organizing Committee, the Society for the Advancement of Plant Sciences and the Vienna Medical Academy, with support from many societies related to Plant Sciences, as well as universities, research institutions and private sponsors. Emphasis will be on the newest developments throughout the botanical sciences world-wide. Web site:

July 20-22: The NBJ Newport Summit. Laguna Niguel, CA. Top-level executives from leading companies discuss strategic business issues, market conditions, competitive challenges, branding and product strategies, and more in this intimate networking setting. Ph: 866-458-4935. Web site:

July 23-27: The 46th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy: Frontiers in Bioorganic & Natural Products. Corvallis, OR. A series of ‘frontier’ topics in the natural products sciences for five symposia which represent areas of general interest to the society’s members have been planned. These include biosynthesis, structural characterization, pharmacology, metabolic engineering, and synthesis of marine, microbial and terrestrial natural products. Ph: 541-737-5801. E-mail: Web site:

July 30:  Planting the Future: A Conference on the Cultivation and Preservation of Native Medicinal Plants at Herb Pharm Farm. Williams, OR. Presenters include renowned herbalists from across the country. Activities include the cultivation of medicinal herbs, ecological herbalism, biodiversity & bioregional herbalism, sustainable herbal practices, and more. Ph: 802-479-9825. E-mail: After July 1st, please contact Sara Katz 541-846-6999, E-mail:

Herbal News

Saw Palmetto-Nettle Root Combination Shown Effective in Reducing Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in New Trial A new clinical trial supports the efficacy of an herbal combination in treating urinary tract difficulties in older men. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted by researchers at the Institute of Urology in Moscow on 257 men. [more]


The current HerbClip bin was released on June 30. Two samples have been made available online to all members:

Hyben Vital (Litozin®) Special Standardized Rose Hip Preparation Lowers Osteoarthritis Pain in Clinical Trial

Should Medical Doctors Recommend St. John's wort for Depression? 

The HerbClip Educational Mailing Service is published twice monthly and provides hardcopies of reviews/summaries along with the original articles (in most cases). This unique educational benefit is available at the Sponsor Member level. For more information, please contact Aileen Truax at the Development Department or by phone at 512-926-4900 ext. 119.

HerbClip Inserts: Reach a targeted audience of hundreds of ABC supporters for your next conference or educational event by having ABC insert your promotional materials into an HerbClip mailing. For more information including rates, visit this link, and please contact Cassandra Johnson at HerbalEGram or 800-373-7105 ext. 122.

Latest News on ABC’s Web Site

In an effort to keep our members up to date on the latest news in the herbal arena, ABC has a “Latest News” section on the home page of its Web site. Here is an item that has recently been added.

World News: WHO to develop new monographs for Newly Independent States

We get consistent feedback that our Web site contains some of the most effective and useful herbal information available. We continually update our online educational content to keep our members informed about the latest research in herbal medicine. We have included a link on the home page to an article explaining use of the Web site here. We are aware that many members do not know how to use the online content and many may not know their access information. If you do not have your access information, need an online tour of our databases and/or want to update your user login and password to help you make your search more efficient, please call or email Cassandra Johnson at 800-373-7105 or HerbalEGram.

Market Report

NBTY Buys Solgar and SISU Increasing its position in the domestic and international dietary supplement manufacturing and marketing arena, NBTY has purchased the Solgar Vitamin and Herb Co. from Wyeth Consumer Healthcare. On June 7, 2005 NBTY announced the acquisition for $115 million, including about $64 million in total assets. [more]

New/ Featured Items in ABC’s Book Catalog

ABC is now the exclusive distributor for the new printing of the excellent ethnobotanical text, Plants, People, and Culture. Originally released in 1996 by Scientific American Library, this book is ideal for classroom use in economic botany, ethnobotany, anthropology, pharmacognosy, pharmacology, and other related fields. The co-authors are two highly recognized and respected ethnobotanists: ABC’s Board of Trustee member Michael Balick, PhD and ABC Advisory Board member Paul Alan Cox, PhD. The book will published in soft color cover, black and white illustrations, for $30 plus shipping.

Chinese Herb Monographs:

#0424ZF:  Semen Ziziphi sponosae: Suanzaoren.  2005 – Vol. 6, No. 30. $12.00.

#0424ZG: Fructus Amomi: Doukou, Fructus Amomi rotundi: Sharen. 2005 – Vol. 6, No. 31. $12.00

#0424ZH: Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis: Gouteng. 2005 – Vol. 7 No. 32. $12.00.

#0424ZI: Radix Clematidis: Weilingxian. 2005 – Vol. 6, No. 33. $12.00.

#0424ZJ: Caulis Sinomenii: Qingfengteng. 2005 – Vol. 6, No. 34. $12.

World Report

Herb News: German Govt Lifts Kava Ban An important new development in the situation regarding the safety of kava has occurred in Germany. On May 12, 2005, the German health authorities (BfArM, German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices) repealed the ban of registered kava drug products in Germany. [more]