Archive for July, 2011
The Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH) comprises those administratively responsible for the major Australian and New Zealand Herbaria with the aim of promoting all matters of interest to herbaria in Australasia and to increase cooperation and understanding between herbaria. Its operations are governed by a Constitution and a Statement of Objectives.
CHAH is incorporated in the A.C.T. and is a registered business ABN 31 496 409 479.
Business address: (Registration No. A04433)
c/- Australian National Herbarium
GPO Box 1600
Canberra ACT 2601
URL : http://www.chah.gov.au/
The Australian National Botanic Gardens, on the lower slopes of Black Mountain in Canberra, has the world’s most comprehensive display of living Australian native plants. A place for recreation, inspiration, science and learning.
The Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (CANBR) includes the Australian National Herbarium. These are jointly managed by CSIRO and the Director of National Parks with strong links to the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The Herbarium, with over 1.2 million specimens, is responsible for the scientific integrity of the Gardens’ plant labeling and manages the national plant name lists for Australia’s botanical community.
One single database, the Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS), is used for all these activities. This allows linking of names, photographs, herbarium specimens and living plants.
URL : http://www.anbg.gov.au/
Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC.
Yet throughout its history it has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions, and has been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge.
Because of its systematic approach and clinical effectiveness it has for centuries had a very great influence on the theory and practice of medicine in the East, and more recently has grown rapidly in popularity in the West. It still forms a major part of healthcare provision in China, and is provided in state hospitals alongside western medicine. Chinese medicine includes all oriental traditions emerging from Southeast Asia that have their origins in China. Read the rest of this entry »
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 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.
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.
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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! Read the rest of this entry »
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.