American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) members have identified
three hot areas of concern or debate for the herbal industry,
prompting the association to form special committees on Hoodia
gordonii, Ayurvedic herbal products,...
Not enough is known about complementary and alternative medicines
(CAM) given to children to help alleviate the symptoms of common
ailments, warn researchers who have reviewed clinical studies into
the effects of herbals in children...
Ayurceutics has responded to yesterday's article in JAMA claiming
there was a high risk of finding heavy metals in Ayurvedic herbals,
by highlighting its manufacturing process that it believes removes
any danger of contamination.
An analysis of Ayurvedic herbals found that 20 percent contained
metals at potentially toxic levels, according to a study in JAMA,
but the American Herbal Products Association believes the products
tested should not have been on the...
A range of new herbal products, based on traditional Arabic
medicine, will reach the European market at the end of the year,
aiming to bring both novelty and increased efficacy to the herbals
The herbal plant arnica, used in creams to stop bruising and
thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, could one day be
grown for commercial use in the Scottish Highlands, creating a new
supply of the plant that is declining rapidly...
The standards of quality control on herbal supplements will need to
be tightened if the US public are to have any confidence in their
health claims. That was the main talking point of a symposium as
experts gathered for three days...
More than half of cancer patients assessed in a new study were
taking herbal remedies and supplements alongside conventional
treatment but this may put them at increased risk of dangerous side
effects, say researchers.
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.
A UK court this week heard the case of a woman who developed kidney
failure after taking Chinese herbal medicine containing the plant
extract aristolochia, banned in the UK and several other countries.
Members of the UK's herbal industry have proposed an overhaul of
current legislation to ensure stricter standards and safety for
those products not regulated by the new European Traditional
Medicinal Herbals directive.