AHPA updates four entries to the online Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd Ed. in final 2023 release

New entry for turkey tail reflects the growing importance of mushrooms in the natural products marketplace

December 21, 2023

In this last quarter of 2023, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has released updates to four botanicals via the online Botanical Safety Handbook 2nd ed., as well as added a new entry. For this year, 28 entries in the online Botanical Safety Handbook have been updated, and one has been added. Since 2018, when revisions to the online Botanical Safety Handbook were initiated, 149 entries have been updated, and seven new entries have been added.
The following online entries have been updated or added in this release:

  • Asparagus officinalis (asparagus) – A literature review identified clinical trial reports, animal pharmacology studies, and toxicity studies. The family name was updated to Asparagaceae.

  • Atractylodes lancea (cang-zhu atractylodes) – The recent review added clinical trial reports, animal pharmacology studies, and toxicity studies.

  • Atractylodes macrocephala (bai-zhu atractylodes) – A literature review identified a clinical trial report, animal pharmacology studies, and toxicity studies.

  • Astragalus mongholicus (astragulus) - A recent review identified additional interactions data, clinical trial reports and a case report for adverse events, human and animal pharmacology data, and toxicity studies.

  • Trametes versicolor (turkey tail) – This new entry includes drug and supplement interactions information, clinical trial reports, pharmacology studies, and toxicity studies.

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.




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