NSF, AHP join forces
NSF International and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia created a strategic partnership to help boost confidence in dietary supplements. The partnership will integrate AHP?s pharmacopoeial standards with NSF?s Dietary Supplement Certification Program. The two groups will harmonize botanical industry standards and expedite the development of standards and monographs. Details will be worked out in the upcoming months and will apply to the botanical products sector. ?A partnership between AHP and NSF gives NSF instant credibility within the industry as an authoritative source of botanical expertise and standards,? said Roy Upton in a release. ?For AHP, it provides the infrastructure inherent in fulfilling its mission as a true pharmacopoeia.?
Butterbur helps kids? migraines
There have been several studies showing the effectiveness of butterbur (Petasites hybridus root) in reducing the incidence of migraine headaches in adults, and now a new study shows it?s good for kids too. Published in the March issue of Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, the study of 108 children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 17 found ?77 percent of all patients reported a reduction in the frequency of migraine attacks of at least 50 percent.? During the four-month study period, 91 percent of patients ?felt substantially or at least slightly improved.? There were no serious adverse events and the 7.4 percent of ?undesired effects? was mostly from eructation—belching.
Looking for something fun to spice up your personal care section? Maybe you?re looking for a crowd pleaser at your next sponsored event? Woodside, N.Y.-based Surya Nature Inc. has introduced a new product, Surya Tattoo. The temporary tattoos come in four differently themed packs, are plant-based, henna-free and last approximately 10 days. The packs contain stencils, tattoo cream, applicator and ?fixative covering.? Leave it on for 2-1/2 hours, remove the covering and rinse.
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