ABC's HerbalGram celebrates 30th anniversary

ABC's HerbalGram celebrates 30th anniversary

By Hank Schultz

The American Botanical Council hit a milestone with the 30th anniversary of its quarterly publication, HerbalGram. The publication, which began life as a simple newsletter, has now transformed into an 80-page, full color magazine/journal hybrid featuring...

Alkemists Labs' Elan Sudberg shares the AHPA Herbal Hero Award with his father, Sidney

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2013 AHPA Awards recipients named

The American Herbal Products Association has named its 2013 AHPA Awards recipients, with Alkemist Labs’ Sidney Sudberg and Élan Sudberg, and Josef Brinckmann from Traditional Medicinals among the winners.

Botanical Adulterants Program hits milestone of over 100 supporters

Botanical Adulterants Program hits milestone of over 100 supporters


The goal of ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program to reduce, ‘perhaps even eliminate’, some of the adulteration in the market is edging closer as the program reaches the impressive milestone of having more than 100 underwriters and endorsers.

Black cohosh. Up to 30% of products labelled as black cohosh may be adulterated

“Cowboy sector” blamed for black cohosh problems


Last week’s warning from the UK medicines regulator that menopausal herb black cohosh must carry warnings about potential liver problems is not a problem of the mainstream food supplements sector, says the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH).

Herbal supplement sales hit $5.3 billion, ABC report says

Herbal supplement sales hit $5.3 billion, ABC report says

By Hank Schultz

A report in the latest issue of HerbalGram, the publication of  the American Botanical Council, shows herbal supplements sales in all channels hit $5.3 billion in the United States in 2011, representing a healthy 4.3% increase from 2010.

Picture: Steven Foster, Scutellaria lateriflora, 2012

ABC: Why is skullcap still being adulterated with germander?

By Elaine Watson

Germander is still being used as a substitute for skullcap in dietary supplements, despite ongoing attempts to raise awareness about the problem, according to a new paper published by the American Botanical Council (ABC).


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