Seven entries to the online Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd Ed. have been updated by AHPA
October 10, 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:
Asparagus adscendens – A recent review added an animal pharmacology study and an acute toxicity study. The family name was updated to Asparagaceae.
Asparagus cochinchinensis (Chinese asparagus) – The review of this entry added an animal pharmacology study and a short-term toxicity study. The family name was updated to Asparagaceae.
Asparagus racemosus (shatavari) - Review of this Ayurvedic herb added animal pharmacology studies related to glucose regulation; clinical studies related to use during lactation; acute and subchronic toxicity studies. The family name was updated to Asparagaceae.
Cinnamomum aromaticum (cassia) - A literature review identified an interaction case report, additional pharmacological studies of glucose regulation in humans and animals, adverse events reported in clinical trials and case reports, and toxicity studies.
Cinnamomum camphorum (camphor) – This review identified an additional acute toxicity study and information about use of camphor in animal feed.
Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon) - A recent review identified an interaction case report, additional pharmacological studies of glucose regulation in humans and animals, and adverse events reported in clinical trials and case reports.
Curcuma longa (turmeric) - An extensive review updated the Interactions class for this herb from Class A to Class B – “clinically relevant interactions are biologically plausible.” Numerous additional clinical trials, pharmacology studies, and toxicity studies were also added.
AHPA members can obtain an annual individual subscription to the online Botanical Safety Handbook or a hard copy for $95.00, with multi-user rates available for companies needing expanded access. Information about subscriptions and hard copy purchases 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.