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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 News - Press Releases


HerbalGram Special Sustainability and Conservation Issue Highlights Threat of Climate Crisis on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (11/25/2019)

Oregano Herb and Oil Adulteration Data Summarized in New Botanical Adulterants Prevention Bulletin

Sustainable Herbs Program Announces Inaugural Members of Advisory Group (10/21/2019)

US Retail Sales of Herbal Supplements Increase by 9.4% in 2018

All Press Releases


ABC In the Media

The Many Benefits of Manzanilla Tea — and How to Brew Your Own
Nov. 13, 2019 – Livestrong

Plant Extracts Future Scope, Demand, Leading Key Players and Industry Growth by Forecast to 2027
Nov. 12, 2019 – Digital Journal 

BAPP’s Adulterated Materials SOP Nearing Final Form

Nov. 4, 2019 – NutraIngredients-USA

Consumer Reports Takes Another Swing at Dietary Supplements and the Industry Responds
Oct. 31, 2019 – New Hope Network

Find more ABC media mentions in the archive.


News Also of Interest

The Best Way to Save Nature? More Nature
. TIME. September 12, 2019. Wallasea is the largest restored coastal wetland in Europe, an exemplar of a growing movement to “rewild” land and return it to the way it was before humans began inhabiting it millennia ago.

Meat-eating Plants Making a Comeback in England
. BBC News. September 4, 2019. Botanists will reintroduce carniverous plants like the sundew (Drosera anglica) to parts of England as an attempt to bolster endangered populations whose numbers have been decimated by the disappearance of wetlands.

Can This Ancient Greek Medicine Cure Humanity?
New York Times, July 26, 2019. The resin from the mastic tree, that grows on the Greek island of Chios, has been used by locals as a panacea for centuries. Now pharmaceutical companies are showing interest.

Why 'Plant Blindness' Matters and What You Can Do About It
. BBC News. April 29, 2019. A phenomenon called 'plant blindness' is described as "the inability to see or notice the plants in one’s own environment". That can have disastrous consequences not only for the environment, but human health.

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 and other ABC employees:

Late Night Health Radio
October 17, 2019. Late Night Health Radio host Mark Alyn speaks with Mark Blumenthal about Americans' health, plant-based foods, and more. Listen to the episode here.

Industry takes stand against botanical adulteration – audio report
June 26, 2019. Natural Products INSIDER’s Karen Butler narrates the discussion among Mark Blumenthal of the American Botanical Council and ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program; Holly Johnson, Ph.D., of the American Herbal Products Association; and Margaret Dohnalek, Ph.D., of Valensa International. Listen to the audio report here

'Pick one thing and start' to improve sustainability
May 14, 2019. In Natural Products INSIDER podcast, Ann Armbrecht, director of the Sustainable Herbs Program, discusses how brands can start to ease the climate conundrum with Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER. Listen to the episode here.

Ashwagandha Gets Lampooned on Saturday Night Live. That's Great News! 
March 28, 2019. Listen to Todd Runestad, senior editor, Natural Products INSIDER, talk with Mark Blumenthal, founder/executive director of the American Botanical Council, about what it means for consumer acceptance once ashwagandha gets lampooned on SNL. Listen to the episode here.

Find more of ABC On the Air in the archive.



ABC News - On the Road


ABC's staff and board members speak at conferences, symposia, and workshops around the world: 

17th Annual Natural Supplements. Jan. 23, 2019. San Diego, CA. Mark Blumenthal, ABC's founder and executive director, will give lectures titled "Standardization of Botanicals: Pros, Cons & Myth" and "International Perspective on Botanicals: How the German Commission E, WHO, and Others View Evidence and Regulation." 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.

2018 Award Recipients:

ABC Champion Award:
Jim Emme, NOW Health Group

Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: GW Pharmaceuticals

Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award: Linnea & Larry Lardwell

James A. Duke Botanical Literature Award: Dr. Dennis J. McKenna for his work  Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs: 50 Years of Research, Volumes I and II

Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: Professor Otto Sticher, PhD

Fredi Kronenberg Award for Excellence in Botanicals for Women’s Health: Aviva Romm, MD

All recipients


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