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NOTE: This product contains 2 webinars:

1. Benefits of Herbal Medicine

2. Adulteration of Ingredients in Botanical Therapeutic Goods

Presenter: Mark Blumenthal, Founder & Executive Director, American Botanical Council; Editor-in-Chief, HerbalGram & HerbClip

Benefits of Herbal Medicine Video Content:

A Review of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Showing Benefits for Many Popular Herbal Preparation with Mark Blumenthal.

Clinical studies on herbal medicine have increased considerably and some very good clinical evidence is available, yet some critics say research is limited and the studies are of poor quality. Mark Blumenthal, the Founder and Executive Director of the American Botanical Council disagrees.

In this webinar he throughly examines the systematic reviews and meta-analyses on some of the most prescribed herbs and discusses the number of published clinical trials on each, the total number of patients included in the reviews, their conclusions, as well as their potential roles as safe, beneficial, low-cost supplements which should be used by conventional and integrative health care practitioners for inclusion in clinical practice.

In this presentation Mark will also identify those herbs and the various chemical compounds they contain that are the sources of numerous modern nutritional and pharmaceutical products, but these compounds can be obtained more cost efficiently via herbal teas, herbal dietary supplements and phytomedicines.

Adulteration of Ingredients in Botanical Therapeutic Goods Video Content:

There is a growing trend with many health professionals practicing integrative and functional medicine to recommend the use of various therapeutic goods (TGs) containing botanical ingredients. The presumption by these professionals is that these TGs will deliver the same or similar clinical results as those documented as safe and effective in published clinical trials and/or those that have been documented as safe and effective in various authoritative therapeutic monographs. However, some of these botanical formulations may not contain precisely the ingredients which are expected and/or which have been documented as beneficial in published studies and/or monographs.

In the past 30 years or so, there have been numerous cases of accidental misidentification of botanical materials due to error and lack of adequate quality control measures. In addition, there is the practice of intentional adulteration – often referred to as economically motivated adulteration, where raw materials are diluted with undisclosed lower-quality and lower-cost ingredients, or extracts may be “spiked” with various compounds to create a false sense of quality (sometimes even including prescription pharmaceutical drugs). There is also the issue of excessive residual levels of industrial solvents in botanical extracts as documented by various unpublished independent laboratory reports.

This presentation reviews many of these quality control challenges and notable cases of economic fraud created by them as is being compiled for publication in a series of extensive peer-reviewed articles by an independent consortium of nonprofit organizations consisting of the American Botanical Council, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, and the National Center for Natural Product Research at the University of Mississippi.

Don’t miss these presentations by a world leader in clinical herbal medicine.


About Mark Blumenthal

MarkBlumenthalMark Blumenthal is the Founder and Executive Director of the American Botanical Council, an independent, nonprofit organisation dedicated to providing education using science-based and traditional information to promote responsible use of herbal medicine.

Mark is also is the editor/publisher of HerbalGram, an international, peer-reviewed quarterly journal, the contents of which reflect the educational goals of American Botanical Council.

He is also the senior editor of the English translation of The Complete German Commission E Monographs—Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines, a rational system for evaluating the safety and efficacy of herbal medicines. This publication was ranked second of the medical books published in 1998.

And he is the senior editor of The American Botanical Council Clinical Guide to Herbs, a reference work and former continuing education module.

For six years Mark was an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy, teaching a course on herbal products in today’s pharmacy.

He has served as Co-Founder and former Vice-President of the Herb Research Foundation and President of the Herb Trade Association and was also a founding board member of the American Herbal Products Association.