Germplasm Resources Information Network

In 1990, the U.S. Congress authorized establishment of a National Genetic Resources Program (NGRP). It is the NGRP’s responsibility to: acquire, characterize, preserve, document, and distribute to scientists, germplasm of all lifeforms important for food and agricultural production.

The Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) web server provides germplasm information about plants, animals, microbes and invertebrates. This program is within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.
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The Herb Society

The Herb Society is an internationally-renowned educational charity dedicated to encouraging the appreciation and use of herbs, bringing together those interested in herbs whether they are professionals or amateurs. The majority of our members are in the UK but we have members worldwide including the USA, Thailand, South Africa and Europe.

URL : http://www.herbsociety.org.uk/

The Herb Society of America

The Herb Society of America is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research, and sharing the experience of its members with the community.

Herbs are useful plants found in every culture of the world. Whether the plants are native to a specific area, acquired or even newly introduced Herb Society members are enthusiastic about learning and sharing information about them. If you ask an Herb Society member about the vanilla bean, they may ask if you are referring to the Tahitian, Madagascan, or Mexican variety. If discussing rosemary, a member might ask how many varieties you grow and recommend one best for culinary use.

URL : http://www.herbsociety.org/

The Alternative Medicine Foundation

These resources relate mainly to Western traditions of herbal medicine (also referred to as phytomedicine, herbal medicine or botanical medicine) that rely primarily on the use of single herbs. Other traditional systems of medicine, particularly Asian traditions, use many herbs in synergistic mixtures or blends. Examples are Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic, and Tibetan. They are not covered in the following listings. Note our Resource Guides on Ayurvedic, Tibetan medicine, and Traditional Systems of Medicine.

We are just beginning to understand the complexities of herbal medicine, with its multiplicity of active chemicals in a single herb, and the interaction of a mixture of herbs found in traditional therapies. Previously, scientific research relied on the drug development model, which focused on a single compound and mode of action. (more…)

The American Botanical Council

At the American Botanical Council, we are passionate about helping people live healthier lives through the responsible use of herbs, medicinal plants. We are an independent, nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media.

Our staff, Board of Trustees, and Advisory Board are committed to providing you with the most reliable, up-to-date information about herbs based on modern science and traditional wisdom. Our publications are extensively peer-reviewed, and include a vast selection of periodicals, books, monographs, safety reviews, continuing education materials, searchable online databases, and more.We want to provide you with reliable information that can help you in your personal or professional interests, including making informed decisions that help you live a healthier life through the responsible use of medicinal plants. For professionals in related fields, we would like to help you discover how herbs and related plant-based products can fit into your professional practice or your research. (more…)

The Herbal Resource

Never in our history have we been using medicinal herbs and herbal supplements as much as we do today, and there are new and exciting discoveries made daily regarding the health benefits of natural medicines. We are constantly looking for new ways to feel better and improve our overall health. We do not have the same blind faith in pharmaceutical drugs as we used to and we are turning more and more to natural remedies.

There are many medicinal herbs and herbal supplements that have a strong reputation for alleviate symptoms of illnesses. Traditional medicinal herbs are used more often to treat the whole person rather than individual symptoms and are formulated to stimulate the body’s natural healing powers. Medicinal herbs can be taken as tinctures,capsules and pills or you can simply pick them yourself! (more…)

Naturalbloom

The alternative medicine sector is not fully regulated in most parts of the world. For almost all complementary therapies there are several organisations in each country which each allowing practitioners to register with them. There is a move, in the UK at least, to bring all of the therapies under one governing professional body making regulation easier.

Alternative medicine associations and professional bodies can offer general information on the therapy they specialise in, as well as a list of practitioners who are members of that body. For those interested in training to become a practitioner, the associations can also provide lists of affiliated training schools and career information.

URL : http://www.naturalbloom.com/associations/

The European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ETCMA)

The European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ETCMA) is an umbrella organisation for professional associations that represent different fields within traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Each member association is made up of individual practitioners, and by January 2009 we represent approximately 9000 practitioners in 12 countries. We have been meeting regularly since 2001 and we continue to welcome new members.

What we do

Our main purpose is to promote the wider recognition and acceptance of TCM therapies by European governments and the public. We exchange views and experiences over matters of mutual interest, such as the statutory regulation of our therapies and the development of our educational programmes.

We are a reference point for consultation regarding any healthcare policy and regulation in Europe that may impact on our professions and our patients, and we offer particular expertise in all fields of TCM.

Our aims and objectives

· To exchange information

The ETCMA collectively holds a wealth of experience, which can be shared for the benefit of every member. We regularly inform each other of the latest political developments affecting TCM therapies in our respective countries and give each other updates on educational developments etc.

· To develop and promote high standards of education

The ETCMA works towards developing accreditation systems for TCM education programmes within Europe. We seek to establish minimum criteria for proficient professional practice, and also to define criteria for the practice of different TCM therapies. We would like to strengthen international academic exchanges and to assist in the development of academic collaboration with European colleges and universities. (more…)

The British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA)

The British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA) was founded in 1964 to advance the science and practice of herbal medicine in the United Kingdom and to ensure its continued statutory recognition at a time when all medicines were becoming subject to greater regulatory control. It is worth noting that the BHMA was established on the principle that herbal remedies are medicines under UK law, and should be produced to medicine requirements for quality, safety and efficacy, rather than to lesser requirements for “dietary supplements” or healthfoods.

Following the Medicines Act 1968 the legislative requirements for herbal medicines increased substantially. During the 1980s, as part of the EC Review of Medicines, all UK medicine manufacturers were required to complete a thorough technical appraisal of their products and to provide evidence on quality, safety and efficacy to the Medicines Control Agency on behalf of the Department of Health. Around 600 herbal products emerged from this rigorous review with full medicine product licences and with their claims for efficacy accepted by the government. (They can be identified on the product pack by a “PL” number). (more…)

European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association

The EHTPA was founded in 1993 when it became clear that with the development of the European Union, the legislative framework under which herbal medicine was practised in the UK and Europe was likely to undergo radical change. The main professional herbal practitioner associations in the UK affiliated with Irish and Danish herbal associations to form the European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA).

In late 1994, the basis of herbal practice in the UK was threatened by the sudden announcement by the Medicines Control Agency (now the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency – MHRA) that existing European medicines legislation had swept away all those statutes in the Medicines Act 1968 that gave British herbal practitioners their legal right to obtain herbal medicines. (more…)

The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS)

The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) is Australia’s largest professional association of natural medicine practitioners, representing about 65% of the total natural medicine profession. ATMS was founded in 1984 and is an incorporated not-for-profit company with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ABN 46 002 844 233). As at November 2010, ATMS had 11,757 financial members. ATMS is the only natural medicine practitioner association appointed to two Commonwealth statutory committees, where it represents the interests of the entire natural medicine practitioner profession. (more…)

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