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January 17-20: Fifth Annual Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Update. San Diego, CA.
The American Botanical Council’s Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will present a speech titled “The Role of the Herbalist:  A Global Perspective and Future Trends”. Get an up-to-date review of natural supplement use and nutritional medicine for pain management, heart disease, women's health, cancer and other medical problems. 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. Attendees are welcome to pre-conference tours of a botanical garden and a local supplement manufacturing site to learn more about dietary supplements from plant to product. Continuing medical education credits available. For more information or to register call 858-587-4404 or contact us by email at

January 17-19: International Complementary and Natural Healthcare Conference and Expo (CAMExpo). New York, NY.
This conference will provide information on the latest trends, research, clinical trials and protocols in the filed of complementary and integrative healthcare and how it can partner with traditional medicine for the benefit of patient healthcare. The Expo offers attendees the opportunities to explore top quality natural healthcare products and services. For more information please visit Web Site: or email

American Botanical Council - 20th YearAs we head into the New Year, we at the American Botanical Council would like to find more ways in which we can better serve you. To help us in this endeavor, we have prepared a short survey to gauge your interest in various areas of HerbalEGram. Occasionally, we will include short surveys to provide you with the opportunity to give us constructive feedback. If you have some time, please consider filling out the survey. Your input is always welcome.

In this issue of HerbalEGram, we have several articles covering regulations put forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA Publishes Draft Guidance on Labeling Requirements of AER Act; FDA Reevaluating Claims for Soy, Dietary Lipids, Antioxidant Vitamins, and Selenium) as well as community- and industry-related news (USP Publishes 11 New Proposed Dietary Supplement Monographs; Natrol Acquired by Plethico Pharmaceutical Limited).

As always, we thank you for your continued support. Our best wishes for a great New Year!


The Staff of the American Botanical Council


HerbalGram 77 will be available after February 1st. Below are titles of feature stories in the new issue:

The Botanical Garden of Padua: Historic Botanical Garden Created to Cultivate Medicinal Plants
by Courtney Cavaliere

The Botanical Garden of Padua, established in 1545 for the propagation and study of medicinal plants, is considered the oldest surviving botanical garden in the world to have retained its original setting and layout. Efforts have recently been initiated to restore and expand sections of the garden, which should add to its collections and broaden its educational capabilities. This article examines the garden’s development and design, its historic and current plant collections, and the ongoing restoration projects. A side article by historian Prof. John Riddle provides further details regarding the garden’s history, including a synopsis of notable figures who directed or influenced the garden in its early years.

Native American Herbal Prescription Sticks: Indigenous 19th Century Pharmacopeias
by Daniel Moerman, PhD

To preserve their medicinal knowledge, some 19th century Native American tribes carved images representing herbal formulas onto wooden sticks. Approximately a dozen of these “prescription sticks” are currently known to exist in public or private collections, but the herbal formulas they depict have remained largely unidentified. This article describes some of the existing sticks and examines their history, meaning, and significance. Corresponding photos, meanwhile, allow readers to view some of the mysterious illustrations from these historic artifacts.

Additional articles from previous issues are available at the online HerbalGram Issue List.

Media Watch

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New York Times Runs Story on Peruvian Maca:
Article features key work by “medicine hunter” Chris Kilham

The New York Times ran a feature story on the front page of its Business section on New Year's Day describing the efforts of "medicine hunter" Chris Kilham in helping to create a worldwide market for the traditional Andean vegetable and herbal remedy, maca (Lepidium meyenii).
Downie A. On a remote path to cures. Adventurers and merchants have a stake in Peru’s maca vegetable. New York Times. Tues. Jan 1, 2008. C1, C5.

Shell to Explore Biofuel from Algae as Supplement to Traditional Oil Business
Shell will research and test possible energy output of algae, which grows quickly and can be harvested at sea.
Keefe, Bob. Shell to Explore Biofuel from Algae as Supplement to Traditional Oil Business. Austin American-Statesman. December 13, 2007.

Rebirth for an Ancient Elixir
Once the drink of Aztec nobles, pulque is making a comeback with a younger generation of drinkers. Pulque is made with the fermented juice of the maguey cactus, which is also used to make mezcal and tequila.
Schwartz, Jeremy. Rebirth for an Ancient Elixir. Austin American-Statesman. December 15, 2007.

Sticking His Neck Out
The Osher clinic employs doctors and alternative medicine practitioners who work together to heal patients using both therapies.
Prevost, Lisa. Sticking His Neck Out. Boston Globe. December 16, 2007.

Proposed Ban on Genetically Modified Corn in Europe
The European Commission is contemplating a ban on genetically modified corn. Though the corn has been deemed safe, there are some concerns that it may affect some species of beneficial insects.
Kanter, James. Proposed Ban on Genetically Modified Corn in Europe. New York Times. November 23, 2007.

All-Natural Sex Pills Pose Hidden Dangers
Some men find that some herbal supplements contain improper dosage, are tainted with other brand name drugs and are inadequately labeled for contraindications.
Pritchard, Justin. All Natural Sex Pills Pose Hidden Dangers. Associated Press. November 12, 2007.

As Herbal Medicine Grows, Three Treatments Gain Popularity
The medicinal benefits of the Ayurvedic combination known as triphala, as well as ginseng and rosemary are explained along with suggestions for the use of each treatment.
Solan, Matthew. As Herbal Medicine Grows, Three Treatments Gain Popularity. Herald Tribune. December 18, 2007.

TCM Gao Fang Museum Opens
A museum for the popular winter herb gao fang will allow visitors to learn more about the treatment and make their own mixture with the help of pharmacists.
Zhang, Joyce. TCM Gao Fang Museum Opens. Shanghai Daily. November 30, 2007.

Absinthe Returns in a Glass Half Full of Mystique and Misery
The elements that made absinthe attractive to artists 95 years ago remain a mystery now that wormwood, and its constituent thujone, have not been found in historical absinthe.
Rothstein, Edward. Absinthe Returns in a Glass Half Full of Mystique and Misery. New York Times. November 12, 2007.

Questionable Numbers for a Questionable Remedy
A deeper look at the statistics and analysis of Echinacea studies shows the importance of well designed, consistent trials.
Rehmeyer, Julie J. Questionable Numbers for a Questionable Remedy. Science News. December 22, 2007.

$1b Alternative Medicine Boom
A rise in alternative medicine sales is fueled, in part, by those seeking alternatives to prescription drugs and an aging baby boomer population in Australia.
O’Leary, Cathy. $1b Alternative Medicine Boom. The West Australian. December 28, 2007.

Nine Utah Companies Sue “Knock-Off” Makers
Several California companies have claimed that their generic versions of Utah-made supplements are the same even though they use different herbs as the main ingredients.
Harvey, Tom. Nine Utah Companies Sue “Knock-Off” Makers. Salt Lake City Tribune. January 1, 2008.

Honey Making a Medical Comeback
A wound dressing made with highly potent manuka honey has been shown to heal some wounds and kill germs better than antibiotics. 
Honey Making a Medical Comeback. Associated Press. December 26, 2007.

Ayurveda Remix
Manufacturers of Ayurvedic medicine have differing opinions concerning whether alcohol based herbal extracts can be categorized with the rest of the Ayurveda pharmacopeia or under a new system all together.  
Kamath, Gauri. Ayurveda Remix. Businessworld. December 21, 2007.

Tighter Control on Traditional Medicine Sales
In an effort to control the quality of herbal products, after January 11, 2008, Traditional Chinese Medicine manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers in Hong Kong will be required to apply for a registration license.
Chung, Carol and Patsy Moy. Tighter Control on Traditional Medicine Sales. The Standard. January 4, 2008.


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

January 7-18: Plants in Human Affairs. South Kona, HI.

January 17-20: Fifth Annual Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Update. San Diego, CA.

January 17-19: International Complementary and Natural Healthcare Conference and Expo (CAMExpo). New York, NY.

January 22-25: Focus on the Future. Scottsdale, AZ.

January 23-26: Ecological Farming Conference. Pacific Grove, CA.

January 26: Women’s Wisdom Workshop. Vacaville, CA.

January 30: Omega-3s: Consumer Trends, Claims and Capitalizing on the Category. Webinar.

January 31: AHPA Educational Events Presents: Good Agricultural Collection Practices. Tele-seminar.

February 19: Ensuring the Integrity of the Supply Chain. Webinar.

February 23: Women’s Wisdom Workshop. Vacaville, CA.



The current HerbClip bin was released on January 15, 2008. Two samples have been made available online to all members:

Almond Consumption Reduces Oxidative Stress in Smokers

Atun Tree Extract May Be Beneficial in Treatment of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

ABC members at the Academic level and higher can access all 14 HerbClips just released by visiting the HerbClip Homepage.

ABC's Individual members can upgrade membership to the Academic level to access all HerbClips.

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