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"To stay informed about this field, the single best thing you can do is to become a member of the American Botanical Council. Based in Austin, Texas and founded by noted herbalist Mark Blumenthal, The American Botanical Council is the leader in providing current science on medicinal plants." - Chris Kilham

American Botanical Council

The American Botanical Council is passionate about helping people live healthier lives through the responsible use of herbs, medicinal plants. An independent, nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media, ABC's staff, Board of Trustees, and Advisory Board are committed to providing the most reliable, up-to-date information about herbs based on modern science and traditional wisdom. ABC's publications are extensively peer-reviewed, and include a vast selection of periodicals, books, monographs, safety reviews, continuing education materials, searchable online databases, and more.

ABC provides reliable information that can help in your personal or professional interests, including making informed decisions that help you live a healthier life through the responsible use of medicinal plants. For professionals in related fields, ABC helps people discover how herbs and related plant-based products can fit into professional practice or research.

As a nonprofit organization, ABC depends on Members to support their educational programs. In exchange, ABC provides Members with many valuable benefits including a subscription to HerbalGram, the quarterly journal of the American Botanical Council; HerbalEGram, a monthly electronic publication; access to the information-rich databases in the password-protected areas of the ABC website; plus electronic news updates, discounts on publications, and much more.

Since 1988, the American Botanical Council (ABC) has been educating consumers, healthcare professionals, researchers, educators, industry and the media on the safe and effective use of herbs and medicinal plants. ABC is an independent, nonprofit organization supported by thousands of members around the world.

From its headquarters at the Case Mill Homestead in Austin, Texas, ABC publishes HerbalGram, a peer-reviewed quarterly journal; HerbClip, a twice-monthly series of summaries and critical reviews of recently published herbal literature; and HerbalEGram, a monthly electronic publication. ABC is also the publisher of four books, including The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs, a continuing education and reference book, which contains extensive monographs on the safety and efficacy of 30 popular herbs.

In addition, ABC works through its Media Education program to respond to inaccuracies and misrepresentations in the media and provide proactive, science-based information about herbal medicine. ABC also provides an internship program for students of pharmacy and dietetics, as well as other training and certification programs.