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Herbal Library and Resources

Welcome to ABC’s databases and resources. Take your time and browse through the range of educational materials we offer.  While some of this information is available to the general public, much of it is reserved for our members. If you click on an item and get a message that you need to be a member in order to access that information, we hope you will support our educational mission by joining ABC.

This information is also available for hosting on your website through HerbStreamTM, our online content licensing program.

As always, the information in this section is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. If you need help finding a healthcare practitioner who is knowledgeable about herbal medicine, please review the Organizations in the Related Links section of our website.

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Online Resources

The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs — This in-depth, therapeutic guide and reference book is a comprehensive review of 30 of the most commonly used herbs in the United States and 13 proprietary products, and their relevance to modern medicine. Now online as a benefit of ABC membership at the Professional level and above.
The Complete German Commission E Monographs is ABC’s English translation of the monographs produced by an expert committee formed by the German government to evaluate the safety and efficacy of more than 300 herbs and herb combinations. It includes: 380 Monographs, 190 Herbs and Fixed Combinations approved for therapeutic use, 150 Indications, Glossary of anatomical, botanical, medical, pharmaceutical, and technical terms; Common, Latin, Pharmacopeial, and Therapeutic indexes for Uses & Indications, Contraindications, Side Effects, and Pharmacological Actions. Sample monographs are available to the public, while access to the complete database is reserved for ABC members. 
Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs is an updated reference of 107 of the most popular herbs in the US based on the original Commission E translation. It includes expanded sections on chemistry and pharmacology, more information on dosage and administration, extensive references, and full color photos. Sample monographs are available to the public, while access to the complete database is reserved for ABC members. 
Healthy Ingredients is a database of herbs and other ingredients used for cosmetics, aromatherapy, and dietary supplements. The overviews highlight the historical and current uses, modern research from human clinical studies, and the future outlook which addresses the availability, market statistics, and sustainability of each plant (when available). Sample profiles are available to the public, while the entire database is available to members and registered users.
HerbalGram is ABC’s scientific quarterly journal reporting on a wide range of topics including features, clinical updates, legal/regulatory, market reports, and book reviews. Access the archives of the peer-reviewed journal of the American Botanical Council. Search back to 1990 by issue, author, department, or text. Many articles are available to the public, while access to the full HerbalGram database is reserved for members.
HerbalEGram is the electronic publication of the American Botanical Council. Published monthly, HerbalEGram includes stories on hot topics; a listing of recent news stories in other publications (with links to them), information on ABC appearances, and upcoming events. Past issues are available to the public. The current issue is reserved for ABC members. 
HerbClipTM provides summaries and critical reviews of seminal articles covering research, regulation, marketing and responsible use of medicinal plants. Search back to 1995 by number, title, keyword, text, or citation (journal, author, title) of the original article. Many HerbClips are available to the public, while access to the entire HerbClip database is reserved for members at the Academic level and higher.
HerbMedProTM is an interactive, electronic herbal database that provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and general public. Made possible through an agreement with the Alternative Medicine Foundation, HerbMedPro can be accessed through a yearly subscription or for a 48-hour period through a Pay-per-Day program. It can also be licensed as content for company websites. Access to HerbMedPro is also a benefit of membership in ABC at the Academic level and higher. 
Monographs — A monograph is a paper on a single topic. Herbal monographs normally include nomenclature, part used, constituents, range of application, contraindications, side effects, incompatibilities with other medications, dosage, use, and action of the herb. The Elder Berry Profile, written as a chapter from The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs, is also available in this section.
Virtual Gardens
Virtual Garden Tour — Take a leisurely stroll through our many medicinal theme gardens. Includes photos and snippets of information on the plants plus hyperlinks to articles on that contain additional information about the plant. While the entire tour is open to the public some of the associated articles are reserved for ABC members.

  Understanding terms or words commonly used in herbal literature provides a foundation for people new to herbs and reinforces the basics for those with some experience with herbal medicine. The definitions offer a comprehensive understanding of herbal medicine’s role in healthcare.

Bitter Orange Peel and Synephrine is a 2-part article written by Mark Blumenthal. Reprinted with permission from WholeFoods.

The Ginseng Evaluation Program was a long-term (1993-2001) comprehensive study of commercial ginseng products sold throughout North America.

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