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2006 End of the Year Message from ABC

First Annual HerbDay Celebrated Widely with Resounding Success

January 19-21: Fourth Annual Natural Supplements Conference.
La Jolla, CA. At this annual three-day conference, more than two dozen nationally renowned medical experts present an evidence-based, comprehensive and timely update of natural supplements to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, other health care providers and the general public. In addition, attendees are welcome to pre-conference tours of the botanical garden and a local supplement manufacturing site to learn more about dietary supplements from plant to product. ABCs Mark Blumenthal will be one of the guest speakers. To register Phone: 858-587-4404 or visit Web site:

We hope that this email finds you well during this holiday season. As the year comes to a close, we want to thank you for your continued support through Membership, and ask for your continued support. Together, we have achieved many successes during the past year. We hope youll take a few moments to read more about our shared achievements in our End of Year message.

Again, thank you for your support. All of us here at ABC look forward to working with you and the rest of the herb community in the coming year, as we strive to fulfill our mission and realize our vision of a healthier world through herbal medicine.



HerbalGram 72 was mailed on October 25, 2006. Featured 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


Alternative Medicine: Pros and cons of pygeum for prostate health - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Although Pygeum (Prunus africanum) may be used to treat benign prostate hyperplasia, the environmental and economic impact of cultivating this tree outside of Africa negates its usefulness when compared to saw palmetto and nettle root. Yarnell, Eric. Alternative Medicine: Pros and cons of pygeum for prostate health. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. November 9, 2006.

Indian Scientists Find Rare Plant - Associated Press
The "Begonia Tessaricarpa," which was once used to treat stomach aches and dehydration, has been found on the China/India border. It was last seen in 1890. Indian Scientists Find Rare Plant. Associated Press. November 7, 2006.

The Chinese Conundrum - The Asian Pacific Post
Traditional Chinese medicine is slowly becoming integrated into Australian medicine and is especially prominent by those with chronic conditions. The Chinese Conundrum. The Asian Pacific Post. October 10, 2006.

African Genesis - The Economist
The Association for African Medicinal Plants Standards is compiling a pan-African pharmacopeia with 23 plant profiles. The first edition is expected to be released in December. African Genesis. The Economist. October 5, 2006.

How safe or effective are herbal supplements? - East Bay Newspapers
A quick reference guide to nine herbs based on information from NCCAM, which includes, Asian ginseng, cranberry, echinacea, flaxseed, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, green tea, and St. Johns wort. How safe or effective are herbal supplements?. East Bay Newspapers. September 12, 2006.

Spice shows some promise in treating arthritis - The Washington Post
Initial studies have shown that turmeric can reduce inflammation associated with arthritis, however, more evidence is needed. Spice shows some promise in treating arthritis. The Washington Post. November 12, 2006.

On the Trail of Ancient Cures - Wall Street Journal
Botanist goes to great lengths to find rare cures cited in traditional Chinese medicine texts. Zamiska, Nicholas. On the Trail of Ancient Cures. Wall Street Journal. November 15, 2006.

The Package May Say Healthy, But This Grocer Begs to Differ - New York Times
A new England grocery chains rating system alerts customers to health food that might not be as healthful as advertised. Martin, Andrew. The Package May Say Healthy, But This Grocer Begs to Differ. New York Times. November 6, 2006.

Submit Herbal Products for Safety Test - The Statesman
Ghanas Ministry of Health encourages traditional medicine practitioners to submit their products for testing in an effort to boost regulation. Submit Herbal Products for Safety Test. The Statesman. October 31, 2006.

Cranberries Spreading beyond Thanksgiving Side Dish - Austin American-Statesman
Cranberry sales increase as companies find new ways to incorporate the beneficial fruit into new products. Johnson, Linda A. Cranberries Spreading beyond Thanksgiving side dish. Austin American-Statesman. November 23, 2006.


The current HerbClip™ reviews were published on 11/30/06. HerbClip Online is a searchable database of more than 3,000 reviews, and is available to ABC Members at the Academic level and above. However, each time a new set of HerbClip reviews is published, we choose two of the fifteen reviews to make available online to all ABC members.

If you do not currently have access to the full HerbClip Online, please consider upgrading your membership. We are certain you will enjoy reading these reviews as much as we enjoy writing them. Read the latest reviews from HerbClip Online or view one of the following free samples:

HC 06-262.317: The Effectiveness of Clove (Syzgium aromaticum) as a Topical Anesthetic

HC 110661.317: Small Study Shows Smooth Move(r) Tea Effective in Treatment of Chronic Constipation for Elderly Adults

In addition to HerbClip Online, ABC offers the HerbClip Educational Mailing Service, which delivers printed copies of reviews/summaries along with the original articles (in most cases). This service is available to individuals at the HerbClip Service level of Membership and to companies at the Sponsor Member level. For more information, please contact Aileen Truax at the Development Department or 512-926-4900 ext 119.