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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


US Retail Sales of Herbal Supplements Increase by 9.4% in 2018 (9/23/2019)

Farlong Pharmaceutical Adopts Notoginseng and Lifeflower through ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb Program

Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Saw Palmetto Berry Extract Laboratory Guidance Document

Regulatory Framework for the Expanding US Cannabis Industry Proposed in HerbalGram Article


All Press Releases


ABC In the Media

Lab Guidance Document Evaluates Analytical Methods to Test for Adulteration of Saw Palmetto
Sept. 13, 2019 – Nutritional Outlook 

Curcumin May Protect Against Muscle Damage & Soreness After Exercise

Sept. 3, 2019 – NutraIngredients-USA

Imposition of Tariffs Puts Spotlight on Adulteration Issue

Aug. 30, 2019 – NutraIngredients-USA 

When Planning and Planting...Don’t Forget the Herbs

Aug. 14, 2019 – The Lewiston Tribune

Find more ABC media mentions in the archive.


News Also of Interest

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.

Watch a Flower That Seems to Remember When Pollinators Will Come Calling. New York Times, April 20, 2019. A colorful Peruvian plant dispenses its pollen according to a savvy, memory-based system, new research suggests.

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:

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.

Herbal Education, Research, and Advocacy
February 20, 2019. ABC's Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal was featured in Wellness Insider Network podcast with pharmacist Lana Camiel talking about herbal education, research and advocacy. 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: 

Herb Harvest Fall Festival. Oct. 4-5, 2019. Mountain View, AR. Gayle Engels, ABC's special projects director, will give two lectures titled "Wild Things! Native and Naturalized Plants of Cascadia" and "Cultivating the Garden of Eden: Why the Oregon Trail Led to the Willamette Valley." More information.

6th World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants for Human and Animal Welfare
November 13-17, 2019. N. Cyprus. Mark Blumenthal, ABC's founder and executive director, and Stefan Gafner, PhD, ABC's chief science officer, will give lectures titled "Combating Adulteration and Fraud in the Global Botanical Ingredients Market: A Review of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program" and "Botanical Ingredient Adulteration  A Review of Data Published Over the Past Five Years", respectively. 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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