What is a botanical drug?
From the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), a definitions of botanical drugs vs. dietary supplements, many leading links, as well as much information about the FDA's CDER program
What's the future look like for botanicals?
"The global market for botanical and plant-derived drugs is expected to increase from $19.5 billion in 2008 to $32.9 billion in 2013, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.0%."
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians "Our Vision: To transform the healthcare system from a disease management system to a comprehensive health program incorporating the principles of naturopathic medicine. We believe that every American has the right to choose a naturopathic doctor and every naturopathic doctor has the opportunity to be a successful practitioner."
American Botanical Council
"an independent, nonprofit organization that provides education to promote the responsible use of herbal medicine. The site reports on the latest clinical trials and other published research and offers information on individual botanicals."
"an industry organization for companies and professionals in the botanical drug industry, with missions to: Increase public awareness of botanical drugs Increase options in the healthcare system, facilitate government healthcare policy formation, promote collaboration between the western pharmaceutical industry and the botanical drug industry."
Botanical Medicine Resources From the Univ. of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Healing, a listing of articles, books, and other types of information concerning the use of herbs in health maintenance. This is a truly excellent site, with its data well organized and searchable via several mechanisms.
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Dietary Supplement
"FDA regulates both finished dietary supplement products and dietary ingredients under a different set of regulations than those covering "conventional" foods and drug products (prescription and Over-the-Counter)."
Dietary Supplement Information Bureau
"a partnership of scientists, educators, and industry professionals that was created to promote the responsible use of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and specialty supplements. It contains an A-Z reference for the use of vitamins and herbal remedies, as well as a health concerns index that suggests botanicals for specific conditions. "
Dietary Supplements From NSF International, a well-known and very credible organization that assesses the safety risks associated with consumer items of all kinds, which "became involved in developing the nation's first truly independent testing standard and product certification program strictly for dietary supplements."
Herbal Remedies - Alternative Medicines "Although many people consider herbal remedies to be a recent discovery, there are many years of practical use of these herbs for medicinal purposes. Herbal medications are but one facet of alternative practices in the medical field, however. Interestingly, many medications used today get their roots from naturally occurring substances."
IndiaMart, Inc.
"a natural products r&d company. We develop novel plant products for use in human healthcare and crop health. Since it was founded in 1994, exotic naturals has served the needs of the dietary ingredients, herbal supplements, phytopharmaceutical and biopesticide industry in n. America, Europe and Asia-pacific."
Native Essence Herb Co. Native Essence Herb Company, located just outside the town of Taos, began preparing herbal products in 1992. The company began with the Rene Caisse formula (Native Essence Tea). Since then the herb company has expanded the line to include dozens of combination formulas and over 100 single herbs. The company is family owned and operated.
"a privately owned biopharmaceutical co. dedicated to the discovery, development, and commercialization of a portfolio of botanically-derived pharmaceuticals that inhibit multiple disease specific pathways."
U.S. Pharmacopeia
Everyone's heard of "USP", the initials appearing on many certificates of purity. It has set purity standards for chemicals, food items, and many other materials that consumers contact, including herbs and herbal remedies.