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ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal is currently featured in a segment from the Holistic News Network, an online television news channel dedicated to providing accurate and timely news items about the complementary and alternative medicine community. Watch the 6-minute interview here.

May 30-June 1, 2008: World Tea Expo.  Las Vegas, NV. 
The World Tea Expo is the largest trade-only conference in the world showcasing tea and related products. The goal is to add value to the rapidly growing tea industry by providing a true global marketplace for commerce and education. The Expo provides the most comprehensive products and resources necessary to serve the tea industry and facilitate its growth. ABC's Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will present speeches covering "The Impact of Stevia and Alternatives to Flavoring/Sweetening," the "Health Benefits of Tea," and a humorous insight into current health isues via a cartoon show during lunch-time. For more information and registration, or for exhibit space reservation, please visit

The American Botanical Council is always interested in providing new services and benefits for our members. This issue of HerbalEGram contains a new section called Featured Book Excerpts, which presents a peek at books on herbs, medicinal plants, and related beneficial plants. When possible, a PDF with a review of the featured book will be included to provide more insight into the book's content.We know that you are probably quite busy we hope that this new section will help gain a deeper sense of the educational scientific information available from many of the better herbal publications on the market.

As always, thank you for your contributions to support ABC's nonprofit educational mission. 


The Staff of the American Botanical Council

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. We are also not responsible for the accuracy of the information contained in each article.

Mandarin a Day to Keep Allergies Away?
Mandarins from Placer County, California with high levels of synephrine may be a natural decongestant and allergy fighter.
Thomson, Gus. Mandarin a Day to Keep Allergies Away? Auburn Journal. April 29, 2008.

Uganda: Medicinal Tree Faces Extinction
As the popularity of Citropsis articulata increases, some scientists believe that this herb used in male potency formulas may succumb to over-harvesting.
Muhwezi-Bonge, Godwin. Uganda: Medicinal Tree Faces Extinction. May 7, 2008.

Bill Aims to Standardize Field of Acupuncture
A bill introduced in New York State in March of this year would allow trained acupuncturists to prescribe herbs to their clients, which would protect the practitioners from malpractice and the patients from untrained acupuncturists.
Drexel, Kafi. Bill Aims to Standardize Field of Acupuncture. March 25, 2008.

Natural Remedies for the Treatment of Diabetes
Several herbs such as fenugreek seed, bitter gourd, and the proprietary French maritime pine bark extract Pycnogenol® are named by the author as natural treatments for diabetes.
Isaacs, Tony. Natural Remedies for the Treatment of Diabetes. April 24, 2008.

Pounding Keys, Not Gavels, to Sell India’s Tea
Tea trading in India will go digital for a second try, which will change the way that tea is bought and sold as the market adjusts.
Kahn, Jeremy. Pounding Keys, Not Gavels, to Sell India’s Tea. New York Times. April 22, 2008.

A Tea from the Jungle Enriches a Placid Village
The popularity of wild tea from the jungle in Pu’er, China has given the tea growers and harvesters a swiftly growing economy as prices rise with demand.
Fuller, Thomas. A Tea from the Jungle Enriches a Placid Village. New York Times. April 21, 2008.

Warming Shifts Gardeners’ Maps
As the effects of global warming continue to surface, gardeners consider adjusting plants grown in their area along with changes to the US Department of Agriculture’s climate zone map, which has not been changed since 1990. 
Weise, Elizabeth. Warming Shifts Gardeners’ Maps. USA Today. April 23, 2008.

A Home with a Heart—and Lots of Lavender!
The site of one of the oldest lavender fields in central Texas is up for sale again and comes with an established lavender crop.
Hernandez, Elizabeth Pierson. A Home with a Heart—and Lots of Lavender! Austin American-Statesman. April 27, 2008.

Quest for the Bitters Truth
Made of a mix of herbs, citrus and alcohol or glycerin, bitters were once used to calm uneasy stomachs. In this three-part series, the history and allure of bitters are explained.
Sasvari, Joanne. Quest for the Bitters Truth. Vancouver Sun. April 10, 2008.

Drinking Deeply of History
Sasvari, Joanne. Drinking Deeply of History. Vancouver Sun. April 17, 2008.

Cocktails Better with Bitters
Sasvari, Joanne. Cocktails Better with Bitters. Vancouver Sun. April 24, 2008.


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

May 22: 2008 Educational Tele-Seminars Presents: Shelf Life Statements on Dietary Supplement Labels. Tele-seminar.

May 26-30: The 1st International Symposium on Woody Ornamentals of the Temperate Zone. Pruhonice, Czech Republic.

May 30-June 1, 2008: World Tea Expo.  Las Vegas, NV. 

May 31-June 2: Medicines from the Earth Symposium. Black Mountain, NC.

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

June 3-4: NSF International Dietary Supplements GMP Training Seminar. Ann Arbor, MI.

June 12-15: Food as Medicine. Baltimore, MD.

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

June 16-17: 2008 Symposium “Gardening for the Soul”. Robesonia, PA.

June 18-19: Healthy Foods International. Dallas, TX.

Featured Book Excerpt

Medicinal Spices: A Handbook of Culinary Herbs, Spices, SpicAs an added benefit for ABC members, we are initiating a new section of HerbalEGram in which we provide excerpts of books on herbal medicine and related subjects. These excerpts can include chapters or monographs, depending on the book.

This month's selected book sample is from Medicinal Spices: A Handbook of Culinary Herbs, Spices, Spice Mixtures and their Essential Oils, which received the 2006 ABC James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature award. The excerpt contains a 22 page PDF with the cover, title page, introduction and 2 sample monographs, Garlic and Ginger. You can read the excerpta review from a recent issue of HerbalGram, and access other links related to Medicinal Spices on our new Featured Book Excerpt page.


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

Regular Consumption of Dark Chocolate May Benefit Cardiovascular Health

Study Examines Effects of Tea Intake on Parkinson's Disease Development

ABC members at the Academic level and higher can access all 15 HerbClips just released by visiting the HerbClip Homepage.

ABC's Individual members can upgrade membership to the Academic level to access the entire database of over 3300 HerbClips on the ABC website.

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.