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Mark Blumenthal Honored with Lifetime Leadership Award by Nutrition Business Journal at the Newport Summit

At the opening reception of the 8th annual Newport Summit, the Nutrition Business Journal honored American Botanical Council (ABC) Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal with a Lifetime Leadership Award.

ABC Educates Brazilian Educators on International Herbal  Regulation

In early July, two staff members of the American Botanical Council (ABC) spent a full day in Brasilia, the Brazilian capital, conducting a presentation and leading a discussion on the future of dietary supplements with key researchers, academics, industry leaders, and staff members of the Brazilian Ministry of Health.


The Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research Foundation is hosting a gala to benefit the construction of the world’s largest canopy walkway system, the only one of its kind in a cloud forest ecosystem. ABC is sponsoring a table at the ACEER Gala and invites you to join us at this special event in support of the Wayquecha Cloud Forest Canopy Walkway Project.

Big news in the herbal community this month.  At the top of the list, is the release of an Echinacea study by the New England Journal of Medicine, the Senate confirmation of a new FDA Commissioner, and several awards within the industry including a lifetime achievement award presented to our founder, Mark Blumenthal. You can find all of this information, and more, in this issue of HerbalEGram.


The Staff of the American Botanical Council

ABC Appearances

August 15 – 18: University of Mississippi Conference. University, 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 and conference details, please visit: or contact Ikhlas Khan, PhD: E-Mail: Phone: 662-915-7821.

September 9-11: 2005 International Aloe Science Council Seminar. South Padre Island, Texas. International Aloe Science Council is holding their 24th annual scientific seminar in South Padre Island, Texas.  Representatives from around the world will present findings from their studies about aloe’s proven uses.  IASC will host a two-day scientific seminar and an optional Post seminar tour to aloe fields in South Texas.  For more information, contact IASC: the American Botanical Council: Phone: 972-258-8772. Web site:

September 15-18: Natural Products Expo East. Washington, DC. Featuring every category in the natural and organic products industry, Natural Products Expo East and Organic Products Expo-BioFach America deliver more than 600 new products from the best companies to a growing international audience. Mark Blumenthal will present a joint talk with Jen Tan and Rudolf Bauer about the discovery of the mode of action for echinacea. Phone: 866-458-4935. E-mail: Web site:

October 7 – 9: The International Complementary and Natural Healthcare Conference and Expo (CAM Expo West). Los Angeles. The convention features the latest trends, research, clinical trials and protocols in the field of complementary and integrative healthcare. Practitioners who attend CAM Expo West will learn the latest information, techniques, tools and services to grow and enhance their practices. Register by August 12th and save $250! Register at and use priority code ABC.

SPECIAL LIMITED OFFER on Botanical Medicines from the Amazon and Machu Picchu! Register now and you may receive one of the remaining $300 discounts for this exciting trip that occurs October 17-26, 2005. That’s right! You could go to Peru for 10 days, all expenses from Miami for only $3430 (instead of $3730). Later registrants will be eligible to receive a $100 discount. Don’t miss out. See a photo feature about past trips in a recent HerbalGram article. Register now by email to For more details about this year’s trip.


HerbalGram #67 is currently being shipped and will include a major 19-page feature on Gingko biloba; a photo essay covering past ethnobotanical trips; and six new research reviews including Butterbur Extract Effective for Preventing Migraines in Adults and Children.


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

August 6-14: Herbal Intensive at Wise Acre Farm. Eugene, OR. This nine day intensive will cover numerous topics in a well-rounded approach that will include lectures and hands on experience. Phone: 541-736-0164. E-mail: Web site:

August 11-15: International Conference & Exhibition of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products - to be held concurrently with Food Expo 2005. Hong Kong, China. ICMCM 2005 will feature an extensive range of exhibit categories including Chinese medicine, health supplements, health care and therapy, raw materials, equipment and related services, research and development and trade associations. During ICMCM, a two-day professional conference will be held, in which top industry speakers share their insights on the hottest industry issues. E-mail: Web site:

August 21-25: 53rd Annual Congress of the Society for Medicinal Plant Research. Florence, Italy. In addition to the Congress, a number of cultural and historical tours will be organized for both the participants and accompanying persons. A post-congress botanical excursion is planned. Phone: +39 055 561030 /5520518. E-mail: Web site:

August 23-25: COHAB 2005, the First International Conference on Health and Biodiversity. Galway, Ireland. This international forum for scientists, professionals, policy makers and stakeholders addresses the issues linking environmental health, human health, biological diversity and international development. A special session will discuss policy options for the health and development problems posed by biodiversity loss, with relevance to public health and development planning policies worldwide. The conference brochure can be downloaded at Full details of the conference can be found at Enquiries should be directed to Conor Kretsch, COHAB Director, E-mail:

August 24–27:  The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians’ (AANP) 20th Annual Convention & Exposition. Phoenix, Arizona. This year’s meeting will offer updates on new treatments for diseases and other medical disorders that are treated by naturopathic physicians.  Research presentations will be offered daily throughout the conference. Web site: For more information contact Donna Krupa Phone: 703-527-7357. E-mail:

August 25-29: The Local and Global Impact of Non-Timber Forest Products on Community Economic Development and Forest Conservation. Canada. Royal Roads University is hosting three events centered around economic development and forest conservation. With 150 researchers from across B.C. and around the world, the symposium will address the opportunities and challenges of commercial development of non-timber forest products, the conference will involve 150 businesses and business experts in two days of workshops and meetings that will enhance business skills, knowledge and the competitiveness of participants. The tradeshow will have a public exposition of Non-Timber Forest Products from around the world with a focus on B.C. businesses. Web site:  E-mail:  Phone: 250-391-2600 ext. 4328.

August 27-28: High Falls Gardens Field Workshop for Practitioners of Oriental Medicine: "In the Garden With Robert Newman." Philmont, New York. Topics Include: Where Plants Grow; Practice in Pattern Recognition; Species Identification; Plant Morphology and Medicine; Reference Materials; Cultivation Issues. Contact: Jean Giblette, Director, HIGH FALLS GARDENS, Box 125, Philmont, NY, 12565. Phone: 518-672-7365. E-mail:

August 28-September 3: Medicinal Plants for Naturalists with Ethnobotanist and Author James A. Duke. Steuben, Maine. This seminar will provide a broad overview of the field of medicinal plants from a North American perspective and will also cover edible and poisonous plants, as well as the importance of plants to animals. Discussion of phytochemicals within plants will help participants to better understand the preparation and uses of plant extracts. Students will be encouraged to collect, identify, label and share study specimens of plants with medicinal uses which can easily be found in different habitats along the Maine coast. For more information, contact the Humboldt Institute. Phone: 207-546-2821. E-Mail: Web site:

August 30-31: Relevant Regulatory and Analytical Challenges for Food and Dietary Supplements: 3rd Annual Symposium. Madison, Wisconsin. Sponsored by Covance Laboratories and University of Wisconsin Food Research Institute. Sessions will include engineering laboratory efficiency, new advancements in analysis, method development and validation, and international trade and regulatory issues. To receive a preliminary program:

September 3-5: Alternative Therapies 33rd Annual Cancer Convention. Universal City, CA. Learn about the prevention & control of cancer through nutrition, tests and non-toxic cancer therapies such as laetrile, gerson, hoxsey, koch, enzymes and immunotherapy from medical doctors, clinical researchers, nutritionists and authors. Web site:

October 1: Planting the Future: A Conference on the Cultivation, Preservation & Use of Native Medicinal Plants. Gordonsville, Virginia. Presented by United Plant Savers - a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, conserving, and restoring native medicinal plants and their habitats in the United States and Canada. Presenters include renowned herbalists from the Appalachian region. For more information, please contact Betzy Bancroft. Phone: 802-476-6467. E-mail Local Contact:  (after Sept. 1st) Kathleen Maier, Phone: 434-295-3820. E-mail:

November 4-6: The 16th Annual American Herbalists Guild Symposium: Treating Chronic Illness with Herbal Medicine. Portland, OR. ABC’s Mark Blumenthal will present lectures covering Herbal Research and Writing as well as an Herb Market Update. Attendees can anticipate more than 40 workshops by leading herbalists such as: Christopher Hobbs, Robert Rountree, Mindy Green, Mary Bove, Francis Brinker, David Hoffmann, and many others. Continuing education credits are expected to be offered for acupuncturists, pharmacists, naturopathic physicians, and nurses. Pre-conference intensives will be held on November 3. Phone: 770-751-6021. Fax: 770-751-7472. E-mail: Web site:

Herbal News

International pharmaceutical collaboration develops ethnobotanically-derived  anti-diarrhea medication

Two international pharmaceutical partnerships are working to simultaneously develop and commercialize Crofelemer, an anti-diarrheal preparation extracted from a South American tree, for use in the developing world and the United States.

WHO Global Atlas on Traditional Medicines

The World Health Organization has published a two volume atlas documenting the use of traditional and modern complementary and alternative medicine in 23 countries around the world through global and regional maps and tables. 



The current HerbClip bin was released on July 29, 2005. Two samples have been made available online to all members:

Review of Lycopene, Related Compounds, and Their Mechanisms of Action

Effects of Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG); from Tea on Nonheme-iron Absorption in Healthy Women with Low Iron Levels

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.

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.

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.

Herbal Science Group Says Dosage Too Low in New Echinacea Trial

The study concluded that the echinacea preparations did not prevent or help treat symptoms of a specific virus applied to the test subjects. ABC has found several aspects of the design of the study worthy of clarification, and comments on the potential misinterpretations of the significance of this study. ABC has been contacted by many media outlets to comment on this study.  Media that have contacted ABC for information on this story.

How to Use the ABC Website

For user login and password information or for an online tour please call or email Cassandra Johnson at 800-373-7105 or HerbalEGram.

Market Report

Department of Commerce Creates Opportunity for U.S. Natural Products Companies to Exhibit at SANA Fair in Europe
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service will organize a U.S. Pavilion at the SANA Fair, Europe's largest natural products show in Bologna, Italy, September 8–11, 2005. The DoC invites natural product manufacturers in the United States to participate in this opportunity to increase export sales.

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 has a soft, color cover, with 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. $12.00.


Organizational News

2004 NBJ Business Achievement Award presented to AHPA and Other Organizations

The Nutrition Business Journal presented several awards to organizations and individuals in the Natural Products industry at their eighth annual Newport Summit.

Choice Review

A review in the June 2005 edition of Choice magazine ranked as an “excellent resource” for libraries. The review also praised the ease of navigation as well as the abundance information provided on the Web site.  The review did not comment on HerbalGram, the journal of the American Botanical Council.  Choice publishes a select number of reviews in print and online to evaluate resources for academic libraries.  It is a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library association.