Ayurveda

Indian frankincense (Boswellia serrata) in Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh, India. J.M. Garg / Wikimedia Commons

Boswellia oleogum resin prone to adulteration, new bulletin outlines

By Adi Menayang

The botanical Boswellia has been used for its anti-inflammatory properties for millennia, but it’s not uncommon to find some products today labeled as Boswellia to skimp on the amount of the botanical or to substitute in a less-researched form.

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Ashwagandha root extract shows sports nutrition potential

By Stephen Daniells

Supplements of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root extract may improve muscle strength, size, and recovery, say results of a new randomized, prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study.

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Firm goes to ground; nature of poisoning unknown

Police investigating arsenic poisoning in UK herbal supplement case

By Shane STARLING

The UK medicines agency has joined West Yorkshire police in investigating an arsenic poisoning case that has been linked to an impotence herbal supplement sold via the UK arm of an Indian firm.

Ashwagandha

Ayurvedic workhorses poised for market breakthrough, expert predicts

By Hank Schultz

If you are looking for what’s hot on the botanical front in 2013, here’s the skinny from a longtime observer of the herbal arena: Open your lesson book to the first two pages, and follow after me: A is for Ayurveda and ashwagandha and B is for bacopa.

Safer Herbal Medicines Campaign: “We did not enlist academics”

Safer Herbal Medicines Campaign: “We did not enlist academics”

By Shane Starling

The six-week-old, UK-based Safer Herbal Medicines Campaign (SHMC) denies encouraging herbal academics to write to members of parliament and policy makers urging a botanical food supplement crackdown, as a debate over how to regulate herbal products heats...

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