The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has launched the online version of its Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition.
AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition is an essential tool for anyone who manufactures, recommends, or uses herbal products. It provides safety information on nearly 600 species of herbs and data compiled from clinical trials, pharmacological and toxicological studies, medical case reports, and historical texts. Easily understood classification systems are used to indicate the safety of each listed species and the potential for the species to interact with drugs.
The online version is offered as a renewable, annual subscription, and is optimized for smartphones and tablets. A discount subscription is provided to AHPA members.
The online version allows subscribers to search for keywords and botanical names and easily access the information they use most by saving personalized lists of entries. Each botanical entry has a quick reference summary that provides information at-a-glance. The online version will be updated regularly with new research and subscribers will be notified of updates to provide immediate access to the most current information.
Enhancements to AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition include:
- Classification of each herb with safety and drug interaction ratings
- More references that were vetted for accuracy
- Information on adverse events reported in clinical trials or case reports
- Safety-related pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of each herb, including drug interactions
- Additional information on the use of herbs by pregnant or lactating women
- Toxicological studies and data on toxic compounds
The handbook is co-edited by Zoë Gardner, research and development manager at Traditional Medicinals, and AHPA President Michael McGuffin. In addition, cited references were reviewed and vetted by an expert advisory council that includes some of the most renowned herbal and integrative medicine experts in the United States.
"The online version of AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition, will make it easy for dietary supplement manufacturers, medical practitioners, pharmacists, and other industries to quickly and easily access this one-of-a-kind information anywhere, anytime," McGuffin said.