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    American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) in Collaboration with United Plant Savers (UpS) Embarks on Osha Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium

    American Herbal Pharmacopoeia®
    August 15, 2014

    The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), in collaboration with United Plant Savers (UpS) as well as noted research botanist Kelly Kindscher of the University of Kansas and other acknowledged experts, is in the process of developing an AHP Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium for the North American native botanical osha (Ligusticum porteri). A historically important and environmentally sensitive plant, osha has been one of the most neglected in terms of research without any known monograph. As with all AHP monographs, a suite of scientifically valid identification tests will be provided, which is critical as adulteration with potentially deadly species from the Apiaceae family can occur. Furthermore, as the use of osha as a dietary supplement is trending upwards, a delicate balance must be struck between commercial use and conservation.... read more

    Ginseng Reality TV: Cultivating Conservation or Encouraging Extinction?

    By Glynis Board of West Virginia Broadcasting
    For original publication and audio segment click here.

    OCT 9, 2014

    A new reality TV show that features ginseng hunting premiered this week. Smoky Mountain Gold pits four teams against each other to see who can collect the most wild-ginseng. It comes in the wake of another reality show that aired in January this year, Appalachian Outlaws. Dried ginseng root sells for 400-900 dollars a pound, and these reality shows are generating a lot of new interest in the plant. That might be a good thing for the ginseng industry… or it might not be.... read more
    10-20-2014, 02:17 PM

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