January 25, 2007
CONTACT: Roy Upton
Scotts Valley, CA - The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia® (AHP), a California-based non-profit research organization, today announced the release of its quality control standard and therapeutic compendium for the botanical dietary supplement Echinacea purpurea Aerial Parts (Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench). The information will assist manufacturers in preparing for the soon-to-be released good manufacturing practices (GMPs).
Echinacea purpurea has traditionally been used to help prevent colds, flu and other infections. The Echinacea purpurea monograph establishes national standards for assuring authenticity, purity, and quality control of the botanical.
"There are quality issues surrounding Echinacea that make manufacturing, choosing or researching a quality product very complicated," said AHP executive director Roy Upton. "For example, confusion between species, the presence of adulterants, instability of potentially active compounds and analytical difficulties create a great challenge for anyone working with Echinacea. The Echinacea purpurea Aerial Parts (Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench) monograph and the Echinacea purpurea Root monograph, published in 2004, create a comprehensive species profile that will help simplify these issues."
Accompanying the standards is the AHP therapeutic compendium, which provides a comprehensive review of the pharmacological and safety data. This includes information on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, actions, medical indications, historical and modern and traditional use, structure and function claims, dosages, interactions, side effects, contraindications, toxicology and more.
The monographs for Echinacea angustifolia and E. pallida are also in development. Each monograph provides a thorough review of the herb. These monographs are essential references for manufacturers who must comply with GMPs, and they are beneficial for academic researchers, regulators and health professionals using herbal medicines as a part of their practice. They also provide important information regarding the true therapeutic potential and safety of herbs so that consumers and health professionals can make educated decisions about their use.
Monographs are available at http://www.herbal-ahp.org/documents/forms/order.pdf. For information on monographs developed by AHP, visit http://www.herbal-ahp.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-461-6317.
About AHP: AHP (www.herbal-ahp.org), founded in Santa Cruz, California, began developing qualitative and therapeutic monographs in 1994. The Mission of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia® (AHP) is to promote the responsible use of herbal medicines and insure they are used with the highest degree of safety and efficacy as is achievable. Their primary way to accomplish this is through the development of standards of identity, purity, and analysis for botanicals, as well as to critically review traditional and scientific data regarding their efficacy and safety.