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AHPA updates twelve entries to the online Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd Ed. in third 2022 release

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has released updates to twelve botanicals via the online Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd ed. A new entry for Mentha canadensis (Chinese mint) has been created.
 
The following online entries have been updated or introduced:
 

  • Ballota nigra (black horehound) - A literature review did not identify any new relevant safety information for black horehound.
  • Malva sylvestris (high mallow) - A literature review identified adverse event information and toxicity studies for high mallow.
  • Marrubium vulgare (horehound) - A review identified several human and animal pharmacology studies, a reproductive study, and toxicity studies.
  • Matricaria discoidea (pineapple weed) - A review identified references of historical uses of pineapple weed.
  • Melia azedarach (melia bark) - A literature review identified an animal pharmacology study and toxicity studies for melia bark.
  • Melia azedarach (melia fruit) - A literature review identified additional case reports and toxicity studies for melia fruit.
  • Mentha x piperita (peppermint leaf) - A review identified additional case reports, pharmacology, and toxicity studies.
  • Mentha x piperita (peppermint oil) - A review identified additional clinical trials, case reports, pharmacology and toxicity studies.
  • Mentha pulegium (European pennyroyal leaf) - A review identified additional clinical trials, animal pharmacology, and toxicity studies.
  • Mentha pulegium (European pennyroyal essential oil) - A review identified additional toxicity studies for the constituent pulegone.
  • Mentha spicata (spearmint leaf) - A review identified additional clinical trials, animal pharmacology, and toxicity studies.
  • Mentha canadensis (Chinese mint) - The entry for Chinese mint was added based on a March 2022 literature review.
  • Vitex agnus (chaste tree) - A review identified additional clinical trial reports, in vitro pharmacology, and toxicity studies.

 
AHPA members can obtain a hard copy or an annual individual subscription to the online Botanical Safety Handbook for $95.00, with multi-user rates available for companies needing expanded access. Information about hard copy purchases and subscriptions can be found on the AHPA website.
 
Subscribers to the online Botanical Safety Handbook can review short descriptions of updated entries in the "Revisions" panel on the online version homepage when they log in. The online Botanical Safety Handbook is undergoing review of existing entries and the addition of new entries to provide the latest safety information before it can be included in the next print edition of the handbook. AHPA will continue to post additional updates to existing entries as well as develop new botanical entries. Current subscribers are notified of these updates when they become available.
 
AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook is an essential tool for anyone who manufactures, recommends, or uses herbal products. The handbook provides safety information on over 500 species of herbs, derived from data compiled from clinical trials, pharmacological and toxicological studies, medical case reports, and historical texts. All entries are reviewed by an Expert Advisory Council that includes some of the most renowned herbal and integrative medicine experts in the United States.

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