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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


Celebrate the 14th Annual HerbDay in Austin on May 4th (4/10/2019)

ABC's Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award Given to Professor Otto Sticher

GW Pharmaceuticals Receives ABC Tyler Award for Phytomedicinal Research

ABC Publishes Ingredient-Specific Monograph on BCM-95® (CurcugreenTM) Turmeric Rhizome/Curcumin Extract Preparation


All Press Releases


ABC In the Media

ABC Will Celebrate HerbDay on May 4
April 12, 2019 – WholeFoods Magazine 

FDA’s Tave: ‘Opportunity to Strengthen Regulatory Framework Couldn’t Come at a More Pivotal Time’

April 10, 2019 – NutraIngredients-USA

Protecting Botanicals from Adulteration
April 4, 2019 – Natural Products INSIDER

Paper Provides 'Great Overview' of Challenge Choosing Right Botanical Test Materials

April 1, 2019 – NutraIngredients-USA

Find more ABC media mentions in the archive.


News Also of Interest

Grasses Found to Cheat Evolution by Stealing Genes from Their Neighbors. February 19, 2019. Researchers have found that a species of grass known as Alloteropsis semialata can steal genes from its neighbors to give it an evolutionary advantage.

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:

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.

Wholistic Living, Lifestyle Management, and Sustainable Agriculture
November 28, 2018. “Plant chemistry is not static. It’s a dynamic interaction with the environment.” John P. Troup and Mark Blumenthal discuss sustaining life on the planet and the evolution of medicinal herbs in this episode of the Wholistic Matters podcast. Listen to the episode here.

The Science of Herbs and Phytomedicines
February 1, 2018. We now have access to herbs from around the world. How do we know which herbs are effective? How do we know which herbs are scientific studied? What about adulteration and fraud? Host Steve Lankford and Mark Blumenthal explore these questions in episode 273 of the Health Quest podcast.. Listen to the episode here.  

Supply Side West 2017
October 2, 2017. Mark Blumenthal spoke with Laurie Petersen, WholeFoods Magazine editor-in-chief, about the evolution of the industry and his initiative to shine a light on the issue of botanical adulteration. The conversation took place at SupplySide West in Las Vegas, NV. See video 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: 

2019 International Garlic Symposium
May 28-30, 2019. Hiroshima, Japan. Mark Blumenthal, ABC's founder and executive director, will give a lecture titled "Recent Progress of Clinical Studies of Garlic and Its Constituents in the Promotion of Health." 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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