Scientists with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have developed a ‘simple, fast, and easy’ method to test for adulterants in skullcap herbal formulations, a timely development given potential short-comings with formulations currently on the market.
Sales of herbal dietary supplements in the United States climbed three per cent last year to reach more than $5.2bn, according to a report published in the latest issue of HerbalGram, the quarterly journal of the American Botanical Council.
Promoting the responsible trade in herbal products and improving the service to consumers are the twin goals behind new guidance policies on microorganisms and mycotoxins and heavy metals from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA).
Botanicals manufacturer Bio-Health is proving smaller companies can
cut it in the thrust and tumble of life under the Traditional
Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD), by having a valerian
product registered in the UK.
The American Botanical Council (ABC) is armoring a fundraising
campaign to plug between $5m and $10m to protect the future of
herbal medicine for the long term, and is looking to industry and
beyond for donations.
With the cold season well and truly upon us, it seems that Brits
are turning to herbal remedies in a bid to stave off the sniffles.
Both Boots and the National Association of Healthfood Stores this
week reported an increase in sales...