June 4, 2007
CONTACT: Diana Swisher
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
of Analysis, Quality Control and Therapeutics, as well
as an AHP-Verified Botanical Reference Standard.
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.”
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.