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NEW AHP MONOGRAPH AND BOTANICAL REFERENCE STANDARDS DEVELOPED FOR FEVERFEW

June 4, 2007

CONTACT: Diana Swisher
Phone: 831.461.6318
Email: ahpadmin@got.net

Scotts Valley, CA - To meet the needs of those working in the herbal product industry focused on the purity of botanicals, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia® (AHP) has released an electronic PDF of its newest monograph: Feverfew Aerial Parts (Tanacetum parthenium) Standards of Analysis, Quality Control and Therapeutics, as well as an AHP-Verified Botanical Reference Standard.

This new monograph, available for $89.95, is important for feverfew growers, analytical laboratories, manufacturers, marketers of feverfew products and herbal medicine health professionals. Feverfew is an herb that has been used traditionally as an antipyretic, and it is most commonly used for the prevention and treatment of migraine headache. In addition, feverfew has also been used in the prevention and treatment of asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, painful menstrual periods and inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, toothache and insect bites.

According to AHP Executive Director Roy Upton: “This monograph gives the most complete and up-to-date assessment of the traditional and scientific data to date. It addresses all aspects of quality control, including the clarification of issues regarding parthenolide as an appropriate marker compound or not, its safety and potential for allergic reactions, and complete methods of analysis and identification of feverfew and its adulterants.”

AHP-Verified Botanical Reference Standards are reference materials that are botanically, physically, and chemically characterized. These are essential in laboratory testing of botanicals, because they enable quality control personnel and scientists to confirm the authenticity of botanical samples through laboratory analyses. They also provide botanical product manufacturers and researchers with essential information in order to comply with Good Manufacturing Practices in assuring identity, purity, and quality.

Through a network of botanical institutes, farms, and testing facilities worldwide, AHP has archived approximately 100 authentic botanical reference materials to use in the development of internal quality control specifications.

“Organizations around the world are struggling with ways to ensure the identity and quality of their raw materials,” said Upton. “This new standard, as well as the ones that have already been developed helps to establish a strong foundation for quality control domestically."

For information regarding AHP and its new publications, visit www.herbal-ahp.org or call 831-461-6318.

About American Herbal Pharmacopoeia®: The primary mission of AHP, a California-based nonprofit research organization, is to develop quality control standards for herbal products through the publication of monographs, validated analytical methods, and efficacy and safety reviews of therapeutic data as well as to provide to the industry AHP-Verified™ Botanical and Chemical Reference Standards with which to carry out proper analytical methods.


 
 

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