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November 5-8: Worldnutra Conference and Exhibition.
Reno, NV. Join ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal for a presentation titled Update on Herbs and Botanicals for Allergies. For more information visit Web site:


November 10-12: CAMEXPO West.
Los Angeles, CA. The CAMEXPO conference program features the latest trends, research, clinical trials and protocols in the field of complementary and integrative healthcare. For more information visit Web site:


December 11: Mark Blumenthal will be presenting Herbs and Cancer Treatment and Herbal Support for Staying Cancer Free at the MD Anderson Network/Austin Riverbend Cancer Support Group in Austin, TX

We hope that you were able to participate in HerbDay events in your area this past weekend. There were many events schedueled to help promote the safe, responsible use of herbs.

As with every issue, we have various news articles including some good news about a new, large Japanese study on the beneficial cardiovascular effects of green tea, survey results of Americans use of CAM for insomnia, and updates on community news.

The Staff of the American Botanical Council


HerbalGram 72 will be shipped by October 25, 2006. Features articles include:

Integrating Recent Knowledge about the Genus Echinacea: Morphology, Molecular Systematics, Phytochemistry
by Bernard R. Baum, PhD; Shannon E. Binns, PhD; and John T. Arnason, PhD
The authors of this article propose a new taxonomic scheme for the medicinal plant Echinacea, revising the currently accepted taxonomy. Based on field investigations, DNA, phytochemistry, and statistical analyses, they have condensed R.L. McGregors classification of 9 species in the genus Echinacea into 4 different species.

Medicinal Plants of Montenegro
by Steven Foster
The small Adriatic coastal country Montenegro boasts hundreds of different native medicinal plants and has a rich history of herbal traditions. Author and photographer Steven Foster describes the beauty, medicinal uses, economic value, and cultural significance of Montenegros medicinal flora in this pictorial essay.

Additional articles from previous issues are available at


Brewing for the True Believer; Tea's Got a Brand New Bag New York Times
Tea makers and consumers are moving towards tea bags that include and make room for long leaf teas.
Fabricant, Florence. Brewing for the True Believer; Tea's Got a Brand New Bag. New York Times. September 13, 2006.

Is there any safe and natural alternative to sugar? The Financial Express
Various sugar uses and alternatives are described extensively in this article.
Islam, Dr. Md. Tofazzal. Is there any safe and natural alternative to sugar?. The Financial Express. August 26, 2006.

Zimbabwe to launch first traditional medicine course Peoples Daily
A course on Traditional Medicine in Zimbabwe will be established to promote it in the mainstream conscious.
Zimbabwe to launch first traditional medicine course. Peoples Daily. August 28, 2006.

Raw Chinese medicinal herbs fall short of supply Peoples Daily
A shortage of land and seeds in China fails to meet with the growing demand of Chinese medicinal herbs.
Raw Chinese medicinal herbs fall short of supply. Peoples Daily. August 25, 2006.

Ruling could boost cost of supplements Salt Lake Tribune
Over a decade after DSHEA, the debate surrounding who should fund supplement research continues.
Fantin, Linda. Dietary Supplements: should makers research their safety?. Salt Lake Tribune. September 3, 2006.

Pharmacy Owners, Herbalists Hit By Low Patronage The Heritage
Sales at pharmaceutical shops and drug retailers have slumped after a ban by the Food and Drugs Board in Ghana on specific drug and medicine advertisements.
Okyere, Gloria Adomaa. Pharmacy Owners, Herbalists Hit By Low Patronage. The Heritage. September 13, 2006.

Eating when you have Cancer
Dieticians at the 9th Biannual Nutrition Congress in Port Elizabeth, South Africa advise cancer patients to be wary of what they include in their diet.
Eating when you have Cancer. October 2, 2006.

Drinks featuring medicinal herbs gaining popularity, even with pets The Japan Times
Herbs are appearing in products ranging from cosmetics to pet products at their popularity grows in Japan.
Takaguchi, Asako. Drinks featuring medicinal herbs gaining popularity, even with pets. The Japan Times. August 16, 2006.


The current HerbClip bin was released on 10/13/06. Two samples have been made available online to all members:

Effects of Ginkgo Use on Metformin Pharmacokinetics in Diabetic and Non-diabetic Subjects

New Kudzu Extract Study Provides Better Understanding in Reducing Alcohol Consumption

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.