American Botanical Council and HerbalGram
The American Botanical Council (ABC) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to disseminating accurate, reliable, and responsible information on herbs and medicinal plants. Mark Blumenthal is the Founder and Executive Director. He is also 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. Mark has served as Co-Founder and former Vice-President of the Herb Research Foundation (HRF) and was a founding board member of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). Recently, he was awarded Natural Health Magazine's Hall of Fame Award for "…opening America's eyes to the healing powers of herbs."
He is 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 in sales of the medical books published in 1998.
Mark has over 25 years experience with herbs, medicinal plants and natural products. He has appeared on over 400 radio or television shows, written over 500 articles for such publications as Whole Foods, Health Food Business, Let's Live, Vegetarian Times, and Natural Health. He has written chapters for natural alternative medicine encyclopedias, and was an advisor for the World Health Organization (WHO) in its adaptation of the "Guidelines for the Assessment of Herbal Medicines."
One of the major contributions of ABC is the quarterly journal HerbalGram, for which Mark is the Editor/Publisher. This is an international, peer-reviewed journal, the contents of which reflect the educational goals of ABC. There are in-depth articles about key herbs and herb issues, short reviews of herb research, and overviews of the ways herbs contribute to ancient and modern cultures. HerbalGram is available by subscription and is sold in stores that specialize in natural health care.
For more information about the organization, its journal HerbalGram (including subscriptions), the ABC book publications (such as the newest text and education module Clinical Guide to Herbs, published April 2003) and other books about herbs offered for sale through ABC, visit: