Monthly Archives: May 2017

Flow Injection Mass Spectrometry, Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, and DNA Sequencing Can All Distinguish Black Cohosh from Likely Adulterants

Harnly J, Chen P, Sun J, et al. Comparison of flow injection MS, NMR, and DNA sequencing: methods for identification and authentication of black cohosh (Actaea racemosa). Planta Med. February 2016;82(3):250-262. doi: 10.1055/s-0035-1558113. Authentication and correct identification of botanicals in dietary supplements are critical for a number of reasons, not the least of which is potential harm from the inclusion

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Bulletin on Adulteration of Scutellaria lateriflora

Goal: The goal of this bulletin is to provide timely information and/or updates on issues of adulteration of Scutellaria lateriflora to the international herbal products industry and extended natural products community in general. 1 General Information 1.1 Common name: Skullcap3 1.2 Other common names: English: Blue skullcap, helmet flower, hoodwort, European or greater skullcap, Quaker bonnet, mad-dog skullcap, mad weed, scullcap,

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Bulletin on Adulteration of Hydrastis canadensis root and rhizome

Goal: The goal of this bulletin is to provide information and/or updates on issues regarding adulteration of goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis) root to the international herbal industry and extended natural products community in general. It is intended to present the available data on the occurrence of adulteration, the market situation, and consequences for the consumer and the industry. 1 General Information

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Bulletin on Adulteration of Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) Extracts

Goal: The goal of this bulletin is to provide timely information and/or updates on issues of adulteration of bilberry extract to the international herbal industry and extended natural products community in general. 1 General Information 1.1 Common name: Bilberry3 1.2 Other common names: English: European blueberry, whortleberry, huckleberry4 Chinese: Hei guo yue ju (黑果越桔) French: Myrtille, ambroche, ambreselle, brimbelle, gueule-noire,

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Adulterants Bulletin ~ Arnica Montana

Arnica Montana Goal: The goal of this bulletin is to provide timely information and/or updates on issues of adulteration of Arnica montana flower to the international herbal products industry and extended natural products community in general. It is intended to present the available data on the occurrence of adulteration, the market situation, and consequences for the consumer and the industry. 1

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Comparison of Peppermint Oil and Mefenamic Acid for Relief of Dysmenorrhea Symptoms

Dysmenorrhea is associated with painful uterine contractions, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Pain is thought to be caused by the release of prostaglandin F2α in the menstrual fluid. The main treatments are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), prostaglandin inhibitors, and contraceptive pills. NSAIDs can be effective in relieving dysmenorrhea but commonly cause adverse side effects and are contraindicated in some people. Mefenamic

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Food as Medicine: Anise (Pimpinella anisum, Apiaceae)

Anise or aniseed (Pimpinella anisum, Apiaceae) is a herbaceous annual that grows to almost a meter (3.3 feet) in height. The lower leaves of the plant are dark green, heart-shaped, and shallowly lobed, while the upper leaves are feathery. In the summer, the plant produces small, white flowers in an umbrella-shaped head, and, in the fall, these flowers produce aromatic fruits

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