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ABC Presents Annual Botanical Excellence Awards:
100 year-old Chinese botanist recognized for lifetime achievement

ABC Acquires the Popular Herbal Database HerbMed

Mark Blumenthal, a Natural Legacy

HerbClips -- Now 15 Per Bin
Commencing with Bin 347, each edition of HerbClip will now include 15 reviews of clinical trials and articles. With an increasing number of articles focusing on herbs and botanicals, we recognize the importance of providing HerbClip readers with a wide variety of material. To that end, if you find a clinical trial, monograph, or other informative CAM article that you think would be beneficial to other HerbClip readers, please feel free to send it to our HerbClip Managing Editor.  

Join Us for Our Next Educational Tour!
Our next trip to the Amazon will take place on September 26 through October 5, 2008. If you are interested in joining us for this Botanical Medicine Workshop, please contact ABC or ACEER for more information regarding registration and cost.

March 26-29. NHPRS 5th Annual Conference & Exhibition. Toronto, Canada. Featuring renowned pharmacognosist  Dr. Norman Farnsworth, and a slate of world class plenary speakers, including Dr. Michael Balick, Dr. Edward Croom, and Dr. Peter Hylands, this is definitely a must-attend event.

Scientific sessions will showcase cutting-edge research and panelists including Dr. Mary Hardy and Dr. Carmen Tamayo, who will spearhead dialogue on timely topics such as "The Role of NHPs in Health Care."

*Social highlights include a fabulous networking reception hosted by Chromadex and the gala banquet with dinner speaker, ABC's Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal. Be part of this International Research Celebration! To find out more about this exciting conference program, please visit the Web site at

April 28-30. SupplySide East. Secaucus, NJ.
ABC's Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will present a speech titled "Issues and Trends in the herb Market." Manufacturers, marketers and formulators of dietary supplements, foods and cosmeceuticals come to SupplySide East to source healthy ingredients and manufacturing services, learn about the latest ingredient innovation and supporting science, and stay ahead of healthy-product trends.

March has been a great month for ABC! Over 250 people attended the 3rd Annual American Botanical Celebration and Awards Dinner at the Natural Products Expo West Trade Show in Anaheim, California, where ABC gave out its annual James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award, the Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award, and ABC’s new Varro E. Tyler Investment in Commercial Botanical Research Award. In addition, ABC recognized 100-year-old Chinese botanist Dr. S.Y. Hu with our first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. The details are noted below in an article about the award.

Also, the March edition of Natural Foods Merchandiser (NFM), one of the natural products industry’s most influential trade publications, ran a 6-page profile on ABC's Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal, bestowing on him their “Natural Legacy” award. The details of this award, with a direct link to the NFM article revealing many details of Mark’s life, are also available in an article below.

Also, ABC is growing with our recent acquisition of the rights to the unique HerbMed and HerbMedPro databases. The powerful and time-saving HerMedPro is a benefit of ABC membership at the Academic level and higher.

And, we’ve just announced our next ethnobotanical ecotour to the Peruvian Amazon and Andes, September 26 through October 5. These trips are amazing, exciting, interesting and sometimes even life-changing!

We trust you are ready to enjoy the beauty of springtime and its promise of fresh energy and renewal!


The Staff of the American Botanical Council


The latest issue of HerbalGram (#77) is now online!

HG77 Cover

The Botanical Garden of Padua Historic Botanical Garden Created to Cultivate Medicinal Plants

Green Tea Extract Polyphenon® E Treats External Genital Warts

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

Media Watch

We tested the links of the articles below just prior to publication to ensure that they were still live. However, various publications disable links at different times and we are not responsible for the longevity of links for these articles.

Preserving a Forest and a Philosophy
As they hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, leaders in the natural products industry discuss concerns about conservation and growth among their companies.
Martin, Andrew. Preserving a Forest and a Philosophy. New York Times. March 1, 2008. 

Do Herbal Remedies Work?
A short review of 12 commonly used herbs and their uses is provided in this article.
Rosenfeld, Isadore. Do Herbal Remedies Work?. Parade. March 16, 2008.

Supplements Take a Hit
The makers of the dietary supplement Enzyte are facing fraud charges from the Food and Drug Administration for false claims made about several of their products. 
Lawler, Brian. Supplements Take a Hit. The Motley Fool. February 25, 2008.

Media Advert of Herbal Products to End
In an effort to stop the sale of herbal products with “unsubstantiated claims,” the Ministry of Health in Lagos, Nigeria is prohibiting the media from advertising herbal products.
Media Advert of Herbal Products to End. The Tide Online. February 26, 2008.

Business Owners Accused of False Drug Claims
The owners of two businesses in Springfield, MO have been accused of making false claims, selling unapproved new drugs, and misbranded drugs, which were later sold over the Internet. 
Banranyai, Jaime. Business Owners Accused of False Drug Claims. The Springfield News-Leader. February 29, 2008.

Does Traditional Medicine Have Any Role in HIV/AIDS?
Though many herbal remedies in Nigeria have not been scientifically proven to be effective, there is a push to study these remedies to help raise the quality of life for those with chronic illnesses or people living with HIV or AIDS.
Oguntola, Sade. Does Traditional Medicine Have Any Role in HIV/AIDS?. Nigerian Tribune. February 28, 2008.

FDA Warns XanGo of its Claims as Juice Sales Top $1 Billion
Multilevel marketing company XanGo grows through word of mouth though it has been warned by the Food and Drug Administration to be cautious of the health claims it makes. 
Foy, Paul. FDA Warns XanGo of its Claims as Juice Sales Top $1 Billion. Ventura County Star. March 2, 2008.

Savior of the Damned
A doctor uses a combination of herbal medicine and therapy to combat drug addiction in Vietnam.
Ba, Truong Nhu. Savior of the Damned. Thanh Nien News. March 3, 2008.


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

March 26-29: 2008 NHPRS 5th Annual Conference & Exhibition. Toronto, Canada.

March 29-31: The 3rd International Congress of Complementary Medicine Research. Sydney, Australia.

April 4-6: MEPHISTOS 2008. Austin, TX.

April 5-6: Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine. Tempe, AZ.

April 7-12: Sonoran Desert Retreat. Southern Arizona.

April 9-13: Spring 2008 ACAM Conference: Cardiovascular Disease and Inflamation An Integrative Approach. Orlando, FL.

April 11-13: Southwest Healthfest 2008. Austin, TX.

April 12-16: 7th Annual Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals & American Society of Pharmacognosy 4th Interim Meeting. University, MS.

April 13: 7th Annual Complementary Medicine Conference A Holistic Approach to Breast Health. New Paltz, NY.

April 28-30. SupplySide East. Secaucus, NJ.

May 8: The Workshop: CRN's Day of Science. Arlington, VA.

June 1-5: 49th Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany.
Duke University, Durham, NC.

June 14-15: Nature-ceuticals Symposium: Bridging Science and Practice. Albany, NY.


The current HerbClip bin was released on March 14, 2008. Two samples have been made available online to all members:

Dietary Supplement Use Should Be Monitored with Medications for Chronic Illnesses

Review of Hawthorn Extracts for Chronic Heart Failure Treatment

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.

The HerbClip Educational Mailing Service is published twice monthly and provides printed copies of reviews/summaries along with the original articles (in most cases). This unique educational benefit is available at the Sponsor Member level and for HerbClip Service members. For more information, please contact ABC’s Membership Department by email or by phone at 512-926-4900.