Herbal Medicine

How the Endocannabinoid System Modulates Stress

By Carrie Decker, ND, Contributing Writer

In recent years, there has been a lot of interest–among practitioners and patients alike–in the impact of cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds for the modulation of pain, mood, inflammation, and immune system responsiveness. It should not be surprising that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) also plays a regulatory role in the body’s stress response mechanisms.

Common Medicinal Herbs That Are Vulnerable to Adulteration

By Erik Goldman, Editor

All herbs, like all agricultural products, are potentially subject to contamination with microbes, pesticides, environmental toxins, and financially-motivated adulteration or mislabeling.Certain herbs, however, have been particularly vulnerable to economically-motivated adulteration.

With TruQuality Program, Metagenics Ups the Ante on Transparency

By Erik Goldman

Many supplement and nutrition companies now make claims about their transparency and their products’ traceability. Few, however, publish complete data from their quality analysis testing for all the world to see. This year, Metagenics—one of the top three practitioner-channel brands—has taken that step, with its new TruQuality program.

Analytical Testing for Herbal Adulteration: An Interview With Elan Sudberg, Alkemist Labs

By Erik Goldman

Analytical testing laboratories are at the heart of all quality control endeavors in the dietary supplement industry. Few know more about it than Elan Sudberg, CEO, of Alkemist Labs, one of the nation’s leading independent analytical laboratories serving the dietary supplement and natural products industries. In this in-depth interview, Sudberg shares his views on the state of quality control for herbal medicines and the direction for future improvements.

American Botanical Council Leads Initiative to End Adulteration of Herbs

By Erik Goldman, Editor

Call it the Eleventh Commandment: “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adulteration!”

Though it may not quite be a divine decree, the elimination of contaminants and adulterants is an imperative that conscientious herbal supplement companies are taking very seriously these days, as the American Botanical Council spearheads a major drive to tackle the problem.