AHPA updates seven additional entries to the online Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd Ed.

June 26, 2023

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has released updates to seven botanicals via the online Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd ed.
The following online entries have been updated:
  • Betula spp. (birch) – A review identified a clinical trial and an adverse event report associated with topical use, and a genotoxicity study.
  • Boerhavia diffusa (boerhavia) – Recent review identified additional pharmacology and toxicity studies.
  • Chaenomeles speciosa (flowering quince) – A review updated the botanical nomenclature and added a pharmacology study.
  • Eriodictyon spp. (yerba santa) – A literature review identified two clinical trials, pharmacology studies, and a genotoxicity assay.
  • Medicago sativa (alfalfa) – A review added animal pharmacology studies and an acute toxicity study.
  • Monarda spp. (bee balm) – Recent review identified an acute toxicity study.
  • Withania somnifera (ashwagandha) – A literature review identified additional clinical trial and case report information, as well as additional 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.
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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