American Botanical Council (ABC)



Founded in 1988, the American Botanical Council is a leading international nonprofit organization addressing research and educational issues regarding herbs, teas, medicinal plants, essential oils, other beneficial plant-derived materials, and fungi. ABC’s mission is to promote the responsible use of herbal medicine and other beneficial botanicals.

ABC’s essential nonprofit education efforts are supported by members of the herb, dietary supplement, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries; academic researchers and educators; libraries; health professionals and medical institutions; government agencies; journalists; consumers; and others in more than 81 countries.

ABC provides many useful benefits to its members. Based in an historic 2.5-acre site in Austin, Texas, ABC publishes the peer-reviewed quarterly journal HerbalGram, the monthly e-publication HerbalEGram, the weekly e-newsletter Herbal News & Events, HerbClips (summaries of scientific and clinical publications), the quarterly Botanical Adulterants Monitor, reference books, and other educational materials. ABC’s information-rich website includes 8 searchable databases ideal for research including the online versions of the German Commission E Monographs and The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs, as well as HerbMedPro® which covers scientific and clinical publications on more than 250 herbs. ABC also co-produces the “Herbal Insights” segment for Healing Quest, a television series on PBS.

ABC is the managing partner of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program, an international consortium dedicated to education regarding quality control of herbs, botanical extracts, and essential oils. The Program produces Laboratory Guidance Documents, white papers and other information available on ABC’s website

ABC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization.

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