HerbalGram Special Sustainability and Conservation Issue Highlights Threat of Climate Crisis on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

AUSTIN, Texas (November 25, 2019) — Rapidly warming temperatures, fluctuating precipitation patterns, and changing landscapes are having measurable negative effects on global flora, including medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs). These impacts are described in the extensive cover article of issue 124 of HerbalGram, the quarterly, peer-reviewed scientific journal of the nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC). This latest issue … Continue reading HerbalGram Special Sustainability and Conservation Issue Highlights Threat of Climate Crisis on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Receives NutraIngredients-USA Editors Award for Industry Initiative of the Year

AUSTIN, Texas (June 4, 2019) — NutraIngredients-USA has presented its 2019 Editors Award for Industry Initiative of the Year to the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP), an international consortium dedicated to research and education to prevent industry use of adulterated and fraudulent botanical raw materials, botanical extracts, and essential oils. The NutraIngredients-USA Awards are … Continue reading ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Receives NutraIngredients-USA Editors Award for Industry Initiative of the Year

ABC Presents James A. Duke Botanical Literature Award to Historic Compilation of Psychoactive Research

AUSTIN, Texas (March 13, 2019) — The American Botanical Council (ABC) has presented its 2018 ABC James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award to Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs: 50 Years of Research, Volumes I and II (ESPD50). This text, edited by Dennis J. McKenna, Ph.D., and published by Synergetic Press, compiles the proceedings from … Continue reading ABC Presents James A. Duke Botanical Literature Award to Historic Compilation of Psychoactive Research

ABC Publishes Updated Monograph on Scientific and Clinical Research on Pycnogenol

46-page monograph describes scientific data supporting various uses of the French maritime pine bark extract AUSTIN, Texas (February 7, 2019) — The nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) has published an updated ingredient-specific monograph that summarizes selected scientific and clinical studies of Pycnogenol®, a patented dietary ingredient derived from French maritime pine bark (Pinus pinastersubsp. atlantica, Pinaceae). ABC’s first monograph … Continue reading ABC Publishes Updated Monograph on Scientific and Clinical Research on Pycnogenol

Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Cranberry Laboratory Guidance Document

New publication evaluates analytical methods to authenticate cranberry fruit materials and detect adulteration with anthocyanin- or proanthocyanidin-rich extracts from other plant species AUSTIN, Texas (November 15, 2018) — The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) announces the publication of a new Laboratory Guidance Document (LGD) on cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon). Cranberry-derived dietary supplements and beverages are … Continue reading Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Cranberry Laboratory Guidance Document

ABC Partners with Sustainable Herbs Program to Promote Business, Consumer Consciousness

AUSTIN, Texas (November 5, 2018) — The nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) has partnered with the Sustainable Herbs Program (SHP) as part of ABC’s ongoing commitment to medicinal plant conservation and sustainability education. The SHP website is being developed as a new educational resource for the international herb and medicinal plant communities. SHP was founded in 2015 … Continue reading ABC Partners with Sustainable Herbs Program to Promote Business, Consumer Consciousness

Tea Tree Oil Laboratory Guidance Document Issued by ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program

The document assesses strengths and limitations of various lab methods to verify the authenticity of tea tree oil AUSTIN, Texas (October 1, 2018) — The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) has released a Laboratory Guidance Document (LGD) on tea tree oil, the essential oil obtained from tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia and M. linariifolia) leaves. Tea tree oil is … Continue reading Tea Tree Oil Laboratory Guidance Document Issued by ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program

ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Maca Root and Root Extract Bulletin

Bulletin emphasizes the issue of undeclared addition of flour from corn, wheat, or yam to maca root products AUSTIN, Texas (September 17, 2018) — The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) has released a Botanical Adulterants Prevention Bulletin on maca (Lepidium meyenii, syn. L. peruvianum, Brassicaceae) root* and root extract. Maca roots have been cultivated in … Continue reading ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Maca Root and Root Extract Bulletin

Useful Links and Resources

For more information and updates on the work of the three partner organizations of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program, please visit ABC at www.herbalgram.org, AHP at www.herbal-ahp.org, and NCNPR at www.pharmacy.olemiss.edu/ncnpr/. Other Helpful Resources and Links:  AHPA’s Botanical Identity References Compendium: http://www.botanicalauthentication.org/index.php/Main_Page AHPA’s Keep Supplements Clean Website: http://www.keepsupplementsclean.org/intl_enforcement.html Botanical Nomenclature Resource – Royal Gardens-Kew: http://mpns.kew.org/mpns-portal/ Chinese Medicinal Plants Authentication Centre: … Continue reading Useful Links and Resources

ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Published Bulletin on Boswellia Resin Adulteration

Bulletin focuses on adulteration and substitution of boswellia with resins from related species AUSTIN, Texas (June 10, 2018) — The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) has released a Botanical Adulterants Bulletin on boswellia (Boswellia serrata, Burseraceae) oleogum resin,* commonly referred to as Indian frankincense. Boswellia has been valued for its fragrance and medicinal properties for millennia. Following the release … Continue reading ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Published Bulletin on Boswellia Resin Adulteration