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Keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in herbal medicine. From ABC's appearances as a trusted source of information for the press to the speaking engagements of Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal, you'll find it all here and more.

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ABC's Botanical Excellence Awards | Additional Links | Press Kit


ABC News - Press Releases

Press releases from the American Botanical Council:


ABC News - In the Media
From Ancient Rome to iTunes App
Sept. 2014 – Pharmacy Practice News

Herbal Supplement Sales Up 7.9 Percent in 2013 (Infographic)
Sept. 2, 2014 – NewHope360

Botanical Ingredients Step Up to Battle Cognitive Decline
July 21, 2014 – NutraIngredients-USA

Lift of German Kava Ban, Detailed in ABC Article, Expected to Boost Botanical in US Market

July 10, 2014 – NutraIngredients-USA

9 Healing Herbs
July-Aug. 2014 – Experience Life

Knowledge Base of Herbal Products Sector is Waning, Pioneer Fears
June 6, 2014 – NutraIngredients-USA

On Ashwagandha, and the Forced Marriage of Herbs and Dietary Supplements
June 2, 2014 – NewHope360 (Note: Access to this article requires free registration at

Plant Power
May 15, 2014 – Food in Canada

'Dry Labbing' Is Still Out There, and There Is Still a Market for It, Say Analytical Experts
May 13, 2014 – NutraIngredients-USA

ABC Responds to CNN's 'Weed 2'
May 12, 2014 – Functional Ingredients

Herbal Expert Talks Industry and Adulteration

April 29, 2014 –
Natural Foods Merchandiser

How About Some Hedgerow Gardening?
April 25, 2014 – Austin American-Statesman

No Salt, Low Salt and Sea Salt!
April 11, 2014 –
Prepared Foods

Industry Experts Dispute Dietary Supplement Critic Cohen's Call for Sweeping New Regulations
April 3, 2014 –

Find more ABC media mentions in the archive.

ABC News - On the Air

ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal travels the world speaking about relevant herbal topics. Check out video, podcasts and articles featuring Mark:

Responsible Use of Herbal Medicine
Aug. 11, 2014. 88.3 WPPB. In this episode of Stirring the Pot with Stefanie Sacks, Mark offers insight into the world of herbal medicine and teaches listeners how to responsibly and effectively navigate the incredible array of herbal remedies now available to the public. Listen here.

Inside Botanical Adulteration
July 2014. Natural Products INSIDER’s Steve Myers interviewed Mark about the scope of the botanical adulteration problem and potential solutions, including how companies can limit exposure to adulteration by qualifying suppliers and only doing business with those who pass tests, as well as collaborative efforts undertaken by ABC, NCNPR and the American Herbal Pharmacopeia (AHP), as part of the Botanical Adulterants Program. Watch the video here.

Your Best Resource for Reliable Herbal Medicine Information
March 15, 2014. Steve Lankford interviewed Mark on how we know what herbs are safe and reliable, what the best forms and dosages are, and more. Listen to the recording here.

Responding to Criticism of Herbal Products
Dec. 21, 2013. In this interview for Dr. Ronald Hoffman's radio show "Health Talk," Mark responded to criticism that herbal products are unproven, frequently adulterated, or worthless. A podcast of the show is available here.

The Best Way to Identify Botanicals
Nov. 26, 2013. In this interview from Natural Products INSIDER, Mark discussed the DNA barcode analysis study published in BMC Medicine, its flaws, and his take on the best way to identify botanicals. The video is available here.

DNA Barcode Analysis Controversy
Nov. 7, 2013. Mark was a guest on the radio show "Forum with Michael Krasny," broadcast by NPR station KQED. He was joined by three other guests to discuss the controversy surrounding a new study that purports to have discovered the adulteration of some herbal supplements through the use of DNA Barcode Analysis. The audio recording can be found here.

Adulterated Herbs: Black Cohosh:
June 13, 2013. Mark joined Board President Steven Foster for this webinar by Terry Talks Nutrition on the adulteration of black cohosh, based on the paper written by Foster and produced by the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program. The entire webinar is available for download from the Terry Talks website here.

The Science of Herbal Medicine:
April 9, 2013. Mark gave an hour-long webinar through Terry Talks Nutritions on "What Works and Why: The Science of Herbal Medicine." The entire webinar is available for download from the Terry Talks website here.

The Second Oldest Profession:
Dec. 20, 2012. Functional Ingredients editor-in-chief Todd Runestad site down with Mark to discuss the ups-and-downs of the botanical trade during this interview.

Evidence for Herbal Medicine:
July 10, 2012. Wellness Times Editorial Advisor, Lise Alschuler, ND, interviewed Mark in this 50-minute radio program about the scientific evidence substantiating the use of herbal medicines. The two botanical experts also discuss safety and other issues associated with the use of medicinal herbs. Listen to the interview here.

iHealthTube — Stevia and More:
June 22, 2012. Mark filmed a segment on stevia for An additional 26 short videos that Mark did for on various herbal topics such as basics of herbal medicine, how to find safe and effective herbal products, and mixing herbal medicine with conventional medicine are available here.

Find more of ABC On the Air in the archive.



ABC News - On the Road

ABC's Mark Blumenthal speaks at conferences, symposia, and workshops around the world:

Therapeutics of Herbs and Other Natural Medicines. Dec. 1, 2014. Minneapolis, MN. Mark will teach as an invited lecturer at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. More information.

12th Annual Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Update. Jan. 15-18, 2015. San Diego, CA. Mark will speak on trends in the herbal industry and give a humorous year-in-review presentation. More information.


ABC Webinars

ABC's of Herbal Extractions

ABC Special Projects Director Gayle Engels takes you through the basics of creating herbal extracts in this two-part webinar series.


Botanical Excellence Awards

ABC’s Botanical Excellence Awards were founded in 2006. They are presented each year at the American Botanical Celebration, which takes place in conjunction with the Natural Products Expo West/Next Innovation Summit (formerly known as Nutracon). Recipients are chosen based on their contributions to the herbal and botanical community during the previous year.

2013 Award Recipients:

James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award: Kerry Bone and Simon Mills for Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine, 2nd edition

Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: Gordon M. Cragg, PhD, former chief of the National Cancer Institute's Natural Products Branch; current Special Volunteer at the National Institutes of Health

Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: Wakunaga

Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award: Sara Katz

All recipients.

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