Herbs, Etc. Pledges Funds for Botanical Safety Handbook Revision

(July 3, 2007) — The AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (AHPA ERB Foundation) recently received a generous $10,500 pledge from Herbs, Etc. to help fund the revision of the Botanical Safety Handbook.

“We look forward to completing this long-awaited revision and to providing the herbal industry with an update to this invaluable reference book,” said Monzur Ahmed, chair of the AHPA ERB Foundation. “Thanks to Herbs, Etc., we are significantly closer to realizing our fundraising goals.”

Herbs, Etc. is located in Santa Fe, NM, and is owned and operated by Daniel Gagnon, RH (AHG), a medical herbalist. Herbs, Etc. has manufactured high quality herbal extracts for 30 years. Long active in the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), Gagnon initiated the Botanical Safety Handbook project, when he noticed different retailers using inconsistent and unsubstantiated warning lists of different botanicals.

“A pregnant or lactating woman wants to be reassured that the herbs she is about to take will not endanger her baby. The person with a disease or chronic condition does not want to take herbs that may aggravate their conditions. Healthcare practitioners want to know that their patients’ botanical supplements do not complicate the health problem they are dealing with. The Botanical Safety Handbook provides the answers they are seeking,” Gagnon said. “The revised Botanical Safety Handbook will continue to support the safe and effective use of herbal medicine throughout United States,”

The Botanical Safety Handbook is a reference book that provides safety information on more than 600 plant species in trade as ingredients in dietary supplements. An essential reference for healthcare providers, consumers, retailers and manufacturers of herbal products, its safety classifications are frequently cited in scientific journal articles. Published in 1997, the BSH revision will entail comprehensive literature reviews that will gather information on historical uses, traditional knowledge, case reports, interaction studies, metabolism studies, clinical trials and more.

The revision is to be completed over a three-year period under the AHPA ERB Foundation, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational arm of the AHPA. Its purpose is to promote education and research on medicinal, therapeutic, and health-promoting herbs.

For more information about the AHPA ERB Foundation or to discuss supporting its efforts with a tax-deductible donation, please contact AHPA President Michael McGuffin ([email protected]).


The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the only national trade association devoted to herbal issues. Representing the core of the botanical trade—comprised of the finest growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbal products—our mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. AHPA committees generate self-regulations to ensure the highest level of quality with respect to the way herbal products are manufactured, labeled, and sold. Website: www.ahpa.org.

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