The traditional botanical drink ayahuasca causes more than two thirds of the consumers negative physical symptoms, and over half of them acute mental health troubles, Australian and international researchers have reported.
Tea & Herbal Infusions Europe (THIE) has provided best practice guidance to help businesses reduce fraudulent and malicious activity by identifying the risk factors and vulnerabilities in supply chains.
Australian trade body Complementary Medicines Australia says a recent report linking a rise in liver injuries due to supplement intake does not provide sufficient information on the ingredients used or the origins of the products, adding that consumers...
Advances on genetic‐based methods such as DNA barcoding, represent a simple cost‐effective tool for plant product authentication, a review finds, particularly in the analysis of herbal dietary supplements.
A global review of herbal supplements for weight loss has concluded that although statistical differences have been observed there is 'insufficient evidence' to recommend any current herbal weight loss treatments.
By Stefan Gafner and Mark Blumenthal, American Botanical Council
The news about CBD and hemp extracts dominated 2019, says the American Botanical Council. But issues surrounding the ongoing climate crisis, questions of sustainability, and the ongoing questions of adulteration were important topics as well.
A new publication on rhodiola outlines the common adulterants or species misidentifications associated with this increasingly popular herb. It’s part of the expanding Botanical Adulterants Program’s list of publications.
Canada-based Nutrasource Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Services has formed a strategic alliance with Baltimore-based DNA4 Technologies in order to offer cutting-edge species identification technology for botanical and herbal products.
The American Botanical Council (ABC) is armoring a fundraising
campaign to plug between $5m and $10m to protect the future of
herbal medicine for the long term, and is looking to industry and
beyond for donations.
Almost a year has gone by since the idea of HerbDay was mooted at
Natural Products Expo West. But now a date has been set - October
14 2006 - the coalition behind the event is inviting participation
from herbal industry members and...
An 85-year-old specimen of black cohosh root still contained most
of the chemical compounds believed to help reduce hot flushes and
other menopause symptoms when analysed in a recent study, writes
Industry's demand for quality, standardized herbal extracts will
continue to drive new cultivation projects that will also ensure
the sustainability of plant species and biodiversity, claims a
The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday released guidelines
for good agricultural and collection practices for medicinal
plants, aimed at making governments aware of the increasing risk to
plant species and the need for good...
Growing sales of herbal medicines are threatening to wipe out up to
a fifth of the plant species on which the industry depends, a new
report will claim. It also accuses the herbal medicines industry of
doing nothing to stop the problem.
The popularity of over-the-counter herbal remedies in the UK shows
no sign of relenting, but patients may not be aware of the
potential risks involved in taking the wrong kind of cure, warns
the UK's National Institute of Medical...