Q. What is the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP)?
A. AHP is a non-profit 501C (3) California-based organization.
Q. What is the mission of AHP?
A. The mission of AHP is to promote the responsible use of herbal products and herbal medicines.
Q. How does AHP fulfill this mission?
A. AHP produces critically reviewed documents called monographs that outline the quality control criteria needed for ensuring the identity, purity, and quality of botanical raw materials. Each document also presents a complete and critical review of the traditional and scientific literature regarding the efficacy and safety of herbal medicines.
Q. How long has AHP been in existence?
A. AHP was formed in 1995.
Q. How many monographs does AHP have?
A. AHP has published monographs on 27 different botanicals. Each also contains information on specific products such as tinctures and extracts.
Q. What kind of information is in the monographs?
A. Everything you want to know about the botanical and a whole bunch you do not want to know about it; botany, chemistry, harvesting, growing, drying, storage, purity standards, dosage, side effects, contraindications, drug interactions, etc.
Q. Does AHP produce any other documents?
A. For the past 3 years, AHP has been actively working on the development of 3 textbooks regarding the quality control of herbal products. AHP has also done contract work for organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Office of Dietary Supplements at the national institutes of Health (NIH).
Q. How many monographs does AHP plan to produce?
A. At least 300; this will cover the largest percentage of the most widely used western, Ayurvedic, and Chinese botanicals. American Herbal Pharmacopoeiaź
Q. How does AHP obtain funding?
A. Mostly by independent fundraising to individuals, organizations, herbal product manufacturers, limited grants and contract work, and revenues generated from the sales of monographs and botanical/chemical reference standards which are used for herbal products testing.
Q. What types of people work for AHP?
A. AHP has a worldwide network of botanists, chemists, herbalists, medical doctors, pharmacists, pharmacologists, and other experts in medicinal plants. They include university professors, practitioners, researchers, regulators, and experts in industry; most of their work is done on a volunteer basis.
Q. Where can I learn more about AHP or purchase AHP monographs?
A. website: www.herbal-ahp.org or call 1-831-461-6318