Second printing of AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook issued to meet growing demand

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Second printing of AHPA’s Botanical Safety Handbook issued to meet growing demand

Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

BSH, Second Edition also being translated into Japanese

A second printing of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition has been issued and is now available to meet the growing demand for botanical safety information. Arrangements are also being made to publish a Japanese translation of the handbook in 2015.

The handbook, available in hardcover and digital versions, is an authoritative compilation of safety information from clinical trials, pharmacological and toxicological studies, medical case reports and historical texts on over 500 species of commonly used herbs. This resource provides information about effectiveness, adverse side effects, drug interactions, and standard dosing of popular herbal supplements. The information is organized into easy-to-use classification systems that rate the safety and potential for drug interactions of each species to make this complex information accessible to anyone.

"AHPA is pleased to see that more people are using the Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition to ensure safe use of herbal and botanical supplements," said AHPA President Michael McGuffin. "The growing popularity of supplements makes this information even more critical for anyone who recommends, uses or manufactures herbs and botanicals."

To help make this information more accessible, AHPA launched a digital version of the Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition in June. An annual subscription to the digital version provides instant access to latest information on more than 500 botanical and is optimized for tablets and smartphone mobile devices. It features regular content updates and is searchable by keyword, chapter, or botanical name.

Co-edited by McGuffin and researcher and herbalist Zoe Gardner, the AHPA Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition was created with the input of an expert advisory council that includes some of the most renowned herbal and integrative medicine experts in the United States.

You can subscribe to the digital version or order a hardcover copy from the AHPA online bookstore.