Herbal Medicine

What Practitioners Need to Know About Botanical Quality Testing

By Elan Sudberg, Contributing Writer

As a kid I grew up in doctors’ offices and labs. It’s not because I was sick. Rather my mother and father both worked there. My mother was a microbiologist who applied those skills to live blood cell analysis and allergy testing, and then later worked in government microbiology labs where she researched models of […]

Feeling Regulatory Pressure, Amazon Puts Supplements in the Hot Seat

By Erik Goldman

The phrase, “hot on Amazon” is taking on new and problematic meanings for the dietary supplement industry this Spring. Beginning on April 15, Amazon began requiring supplement companies that sell on the platform to guarantee that their products can withstand temperatures up to 155o F, and still meet label claims for stability and potency. Companies […]

Enhancing Fertility with Functional Medicine: Insights from the Peer-Review Literature

By Erik Goldman

Approximately 1 in 8 every couples in the US faces fertility challenges. And that’s a conservative estimate. As functional medicine practitioners, we could easily postulate that optimal fertility is even more fleeting for many more people, as are optimal maternal and neonatal health outcomes. Humans today face a daunting moment. In the industrialized world, fertility […]

Feeding Friendly Flora: Prebiotics Have Key Role in Immune Resilience

By Erik Goldman

The gut microbiome and the human immune system have a complex synergistic relationship that we are just beginning to understand. Research on this subject has exploded over the last decade, and the findings are redefining fundamental notions of what it means to be healthy, and, really what it means to be “human.” The immune system–and […]

Culinary Mushrooms Offer a Wealth Of Immune-Boosting Nutrients

By Sally LaMont, ND, LAc

As practitioners, we encourage our patients to eat more brightly colored, phytonutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, and there’s no question that color is strongly correlated with nutrient content. But we should not overlook nature’s white, tan, and brown-pigmented delights. And by that, I mean mushrooms! Edible mushrooms contain diverse immunoregulatory compounds, like chitin, β-glucans, sterols, terpenes […]

Herbs are Complex, Let’s Stop Over-Simplifying Them

By Erik Goldman

Botanical medicine has evolved extensively over the last 20 years, as public interest in medicinal herbs has grown, and the product development process has become more sophisticated. One of the major trends has been the focus on delivering highly concentrated forms of “active” compounds extracted from the myriad of molecules produced by plants. Over the […]

Sales Surges & Supply Shortages: Supplement Brands Navigate Choppy Post-COVID Seas

By Kristen Schepker

Dietary supplement sales soared to unprecedented heights this year, owing to the coronavirus pandemic. But as consumer interest spiked, major disruptions to the ingredient supply chain limited the accessibility of many botanical and nutraceutical raw materials, excipients, and packaging materials, creating major sourcing challenges for supplement companies. Peak, Then Plateau A Nutrition Business Journal analysis […]