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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

Press releases from the American Botanical Council

ABC’s Gayle Engels to Receive Inaugural Award for Excellence in Herbal Education (12/12/2018)

Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Cranberry Laboratory Guidance Document(11/15/2018)

ABC Partners with Sustainable Herbs Program to Promote Business, Consumer Consciousness(11/5/2018)

American Botanical Council Celebrates 30th Anniversary (11/1/2018)

Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Revised Bulletin on Adulteration of Saw Palmetto (10/29/2018)


All Press Releases


ABC In the Media  

Tieraona Low Dog Receives Inaugural ABC Fredi Kronenberg Award
March 27, 2018 – WholeFoods Magazine

Call For New Category of Herbal Products Likely to Fall on Deaf Ears
March 29, 2018 – NutraIngredients-USA

 Within Broader Synthetic Botanicals Question, Stakeholders Focus on Labeling Issue
March 22, 2018 – NutraIngredients-USA

 Orrin Hatch, James A. Duke, Indena Among Recipients of AHPA Awards
March 14, 2018 – NutraIngredients-USA

Find more ABC media mentions in the archive.


News Also of Interest

What the People of the Amazon Know That You Don't. TEDGlobal. Oct. 2014. In this TED Talk, ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin warns that indigenous tribes and their knowledge are the Amazon's most endangered species.

Humble Plants that Hide Surprising Secrets. TED. Oct. 2014. ABC Advisory Board member Ameenah Gurib-Fakim introduces rare plant species that have evolved in Africa's isolated regions and islands.

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:

From NBJ Summit
Mark Blumenthal speaks on Fighting Ingredient Adulteration

Ingredient adulteration is the biggest problem affecting the supplement market today. Hear what herbal organizations are doing to help others understand how to properly identify and test incoming raw materials so they will not fall victim to inauthentic material. See video here.

17th Annual CMA Annual Conference.  ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal was the keynote speaker. See Mark's lecture on the topic of adulteration here.

DNA Tests Reliable for Raw Botanicals, but Not Extracts
In this video from Natural Products Insider, Mark explains that DNA testing is a reliable test method for raw botanical materials, but it has serious limitations when it comes to validating the identity of botanical extracts, especially when it’s used alone. Watch here.

Supplements Under Attack, Parts 1 & 2
Dr. Ronald Hoffman interviewed Mark for the Intelligent Medicine Podcast regarding the recent actions of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, based on potentially flawed testing of DNA testing. Listen to both episodes here.

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.

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: 

35th Breitenbush Herbal Conference. Sept. 6-9, 2018. Detroit, OR. Mark Blumenthal, ABC's founder and executive director, will give a lecture titled "Botanical Adulteration, Counterfeiting, and Fraud in the Global Marketplace." 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.

2017 Award Recipients:

Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: Pharmatoka SAS.

Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award: Jon Benninger, vice president of Informa Exhibitions’ Global Health & Nutrition Network.

ABC Champion Award: Dick Griffin, Grifcon Enterprises and Griffin Insurance Services, and his consulting work with R-T Specialty, LLC.

James A. Duke Botanical Literature Award: in Reference and Consumer Book Categories: Chinese Medicinal Plants, Herbal Drugs and Substitutes: An Identification Guide, and, Joseph Banks’ Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage.

Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: Professor Raphael Mechoulam, PhD, an Israeli organic chemist and the “father of cannabis research.” 

Fredi Kronenberg Award for Excellence in Botanicals for Women’s Health: Tieraona Low Dog, MD, a highly respected expert in integrative medicine and women’s health.

All recipients

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