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A condensed version of the HerbalGram 81 article "The Effects of Climate Change on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants" is featured in the April 2009 issue of IUCN's magazine World Conservation. The story, found on page 10, can be accessed here.

Registration Deadline Fast Approaching for 2009 Botanical Medicine from the Amazon and Machu Picchu Tour

US Herbal Supplement Sales Increase in 2008

June 19-21, 2009: ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will be at the 9th International Herb Symposium in Norton, MA to speak about the latest herbal research, regulation, and market trends.

With the onset of summer, some ABC members and their families may have Dandelion from Project BudBurstincreased time to go outdoors and enjoy nature. Those in the United States who are interested in a fun and educational outdoor pastime might want to consider joining the efforts of Project Budburst—a collaborative network profiled in this issue of HerbalEGram—in tracking the times that native plants bloom and leaf in order to measure climate change.

Common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), a plant tracked by Project BudBurst ©2009 Gary A. Monroe, USDA-NRCS PLANTS database


Those looking for a unique and eye-opening summer excursion, meanwhile, should consider registering for ABC’s annual trip to the Peruvian Amazon and Machu Picchu, which will feature informative presentations from renowned herbalist guides. Time to register is quickly running out.

No matter how you choose to spend your summer months, we at ABC hope that you enjoy them safely and in good health.

The Staff of the American Botanical Council

Media Watch

We have tested the links of the following articles prior to publication; however, some news organizations remove stories and disable links at various times.

Mexico and China to Study Herbal Medicines to Fight H1N1 Flu. Xinhua News Agency. 5-26-09. A Mexican institution and Chinese medical school will collaborate to study medicinal plants that could potentially help contain the H1N1 flu outbreak, which has killed 83 people in Mexico.

Essential Oils For Dairy Cattle and Supplements for Poultry. and 5-21-09, 5-5-09. Essential oils from several herbs could help reduce methane gas production and increase milk production in cows, while dietary supplements such as green tea extract could help reduce avian coccidiosis infections among poultry.

Teen Scientist's Skullcap Experiment May Help Fight Cancer. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 5-19-09. A teenager’s research project finds that Ocmulgee Skullcap, which he found growing near his house in Georgia, could be effective in treating brain cancer.

What You Don't Know Might Kill You. Sports Illustrated. 5-18-09. This article voices opinions on the pitfalls of the sports supplements industry and strongly criticizes the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (DSHEA). An industry response to this article can be accessed above in the Community/Industry News section.

Ginger Capsules Ease Chemotherapy Nausea. The Associated Press. 5-14-09. The first large study on ginger’s use in chemotherapy finds that people who took the herb several days before a chemo infusion had fewer and less severe bouts of nausea. 

China Introduces Traditional Medicines into Basic Healthcare Program. Xinhua News Agency. 5-7-09. The Chinese government has pledged to increase the country’s services and investments for Traditional Chinese Medicine, and says it will provide coverage for traditional medicine services under the basic health insurance program.

Scientist Seeks to Unlock the Secrets of Chinese Herbal Formulas. Salisbury Post. 5-5-09. A leading expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine will use genomic tools to pinpoint the most potent compounds in some herbal and traditional Chinese medicines.

L-theanine Comes Into Focus. Los Angeles Times. 5-3-09. A group of new beverages claim to calm the mind and enhance concentration by using L-theanine, a well-researched amino acid derived from tea.


Community/Industry News

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Responds to Sports Illustrated Article. Press Release from CRN. The full text of the Sports Illustrated article can be accessed below in the Media Watch section.

Dietary Supplement Industry Contributes More Than $60 Billion to National Economy. Press Release from the Natural Products Association (NPA).

The Lloyd Library and Museum is planning a Medicinal Plant Garden and is also acquiring the American Society of Pharmacognosy's archives. Press releases from the Lloyd Library and Museum.

In submitted comments, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has urged Canada to allow organic product labeling and recommended that FDA expand the definition of economically-motivated adulteration. Press releases from AHPA.

CRN Establishes Educational Foundation. Press release from CRN.


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

June 27-July 1, 2009:  50 years of Natural Products & Beyond: Celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the American Society of Pharmacognosy. Honolulu, HI.

July 20-24, 2009: International Training Program on Natural Products: Botanicals, Nutraceuticals, and Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: "From Sourcing and Production to Processing and Product Development, from Quality Control to Health Applications." Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

July 22-24, 2009: 12th Annual NBJ Summit - "Transformational Partnering in Challenging Times: Orchestrating a Profitable Future." Dana Point, CA. *ABC members receive $200 off: Enter ABC09 when you register.*

Featured Book Excerpt

Aromatherapy Book Cover


June's selected book excerpt comes from Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition by Kathy Keville and Mindy Green, published in 2009. This excerpt contains the book's title page, table of contents, and Chapter 14: Ayurvedic Aromatherapy. All are available here.


 ©2008 Crossing Press, Berkeley, CA.

The current HerbClip bin was released on May 28, 2009. The following samples have been made available online to all members:

Seaweed Consumption Changes Estrogen and Phytoestrogens in Postmenopausal Women

German Chamomile Extract and Essential Oil May Be Beneficial for ADHD Symptoms

ABC members at the Academic level and higher can access all 15 HerbClips just released by visiting the HerbClip homepage (be sure to log in). If you are an Individual Member, gain access to all HerbClips and the HerbMedPro database by upgrading your membership.