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The American Botanical Council has some new benefits for members just in time for the back-to-school season. We've recently added some new items to our online bookstore, which ABC members can purchase at a discounted rate. For discounts on everything from our e-store, click here to become a member. 

ABC also recently released a product-specific monograph on POM Wonderful® Pomegranate Juice, available here. ABC considers educating the public about health benefits of specific clinically tested products as part of our mission and we continue to look for ways to provide such information.

As always, thank you for aiding us in the pursuit of our nonprofit educational mission.

The Staff of the American Botanical Council



Tree of Life: The Use of Marula Oil in Southern Africa
 by Nigel Gericke, Maria E. Abad Jara, and Lucy Welford

The Painted Desert: A Southwestern Ethnobotanical Perspective by Jessa Faith Fisher and Phyllis Hogan

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

Deal Seeks to Offer Drug for Malaria at Low Price
In order to keep malaria drugs affordable for the poor, the Clinton Foundation is working with drug companies and suppliers to keep the cost of artemisinin or sweet wormwood down.
McNeil, Donald G. Jr. New York Times. July 18, 2008.

It Eats CO2 for Breakfast
As the levels of carbon dioxide in the air raise, poison ivy plant populations increase. Also increased is the strength of the toxin in the plant that causes rash. 
Raver, Anne. New York Times. July 17, 2008.

Frankincense and Mirth
Burning frankincense has been shown to help anxiety and depression in mice.
Newman, Andy. New York Times. July 17, 2008.

15th Anniversary: Absinthe Goes from Banned Drug to Legal Liquor
US brands bring absinthe back to store shelves with whole herb formulas.
Ashcraft, Brian. Wired. July 21, 2008.

Judge Rules Infomercials Deceptive
The Federal Trade Commission has found that the producers of infomercials for Coral Calcium and Supreme Greens made deceptive advertisements.
Gaffney, Mike. Wicked Local Saugus. July 24, 2008.

Salvia Becoming "Drug du Jour" for Some Teens
Once used for healing and divining by Mazatec Indians, Salvia divinorum is becoming a popular and easily accessible drug for young adults.
Fernandez, Don. WebMD. June 27, 2008.

Government Asked to Mainstream Herbal Medicine
Lacking the resources to keep up with HIV/AIDS infections, healthcare providers in rural areas of South Africa and other African countries are encouraged to use herbal remedies, which may have fewer side effects than conventional treatments.
Ambooka, Okwiri. Africa Science News. July 11, 2008.

Garlic Supplements Help Lower High Blood Pressure
A recent trial has shown that garlic supplements may reduce blood pressure at the same rate as conventional drugs.
Reuters. July 31, 2008.

Safety and Specifics of Aloe Use
Experts caution consumers against the use of aloe vera orally due to a lack of scientific evidence.
Owens, Donna M. Baltimore Sun. July 31, 2008.

Recognition for the Unknown Guru of Herbal Tea
The story of Wanglaoji liangcha, a tea used to cure sickness, is described along with the growing popularity the tea has experienced in the months leading up to the summer Olympics.
Fong, Celeste. The Star. August 3, 2008.

Spices, Herbs Make Move to Medicine Cabinet
Spices and herbs in the cupboard may serve as functional foods for health.
Kopenkoskey, Paul R. August 5, 2008.

The Zero-Calorie Sweetener Stevia Arrives
Though still waiting for approval from the Food and Drug Administration, several companies are developing products made with stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) to replace artificial sweeteners.
Voiland, Adam. US News & World Report. July 28, 2008.


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

August 20-23: INTERFOOD INDONESIA 2008: The 8th International Exhibition on Food & Beverage: Technology, Ingredients, Additives, Raw Material, Services, Equipment & Supplies. Jakarta, Indonesia. 

August 22-24: The 21st Annual New England Women's Herbal Conference. Peterborough, NH.

August 22-24: International Ayurveda Convention and Health Expo. Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India.

August 24-28: The 6th International Symposium on In Vitro Culture and Horticultural Breeding. Brisbane, Australia. 

August 29-September 4: 68th International Congress of International Pharmaceutical Federation. Basel, Switzerland.

August 30-September 1: 36th Annual Cancer Convention. Hollywood, CA. 

September 1-5: The 2nd ISHS International Humulus Symposium. Ghent, Belgium.

September 2-5: 5th Conference on Medicinal & Aromatic Plants of Southeast European Countries (5th CMAPSEEC). Brno, Czech Republic.

September 4-7: Breitenbush Herbal Conference 2008 - "An Herbal Infusion..." Detroit, OR.

September 7-10: ISEO 2008: 39th International Symposium on Essential Oils. Quedlinburg, Germany.

Featured Book Excerpt

This month's selected book sample for our new "Book Excerpt" section is from Nutraceuticals, 2nd edition by Brian Lockwood. The excerpt contains the cover, title page, table of contents, preface, a monograph on tea and chapters on weight management and safety, adverse affects, and interactions of nutraceuticals. You may read the book excerpt and other information on our new Featured Book Excerpt page.


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

Reishi Mushroom and Herbal Mixture for Treatment of Herpes Genitalis and Libialis

Green Tea Studies Suggest Possible Uses in Treatment of Women's Diseases

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 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.