Beyond The Garden

Information on Herbs for Health and Wellbeing

Regularly HSA members and other interested individuals contact The Herb Society of America Headquarters seeking reliable information on the medicinal use of herbs. Following is a list of reputable sources of information to which HSA refers inquiries.

Herbal Medicine Plant Organizations


Alternative Medicine Foundation    www.amfoundation.org

The Alternative Medicine Foundation is no longer operating as a nonprofit organization. The resources compiled from 1998 to August 2010 have been retained on this web site as an archival resource but has not been further updated since September 15, 2010. We regret that we can no longer respond to your inquiries but answers to many standard questions can be found in The Alternative Medicine Foundation Frequently Asked Questions resource.
The herbal database HerbMed/HerbMedPro is now owned, administered, and maintained by the American Botanical Council. HerbMed® provides public access to 20 of the most popular herbs and an additional Herb of the Month. HerbMedPro, the enhanced professional version, is available for subscription and licensing or multiuser subscriptions from the American Botanical Council.

American Botanical Council    www.herbalgram.org    512-926-4900    
PO Box 144345, Austin, TX 78714

ABC is a non-profit tax exempt research and education organization. Website includes a glossary of herbal medicine terminology, excerpts from The Complete German Commission E Monograph, Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines, the HerbalEGram, HerbClip online and much more. A medicinal plant organization whose journal, HerbalGram reports on current research.

American Herbalists Guild    www.americanherbalistsguild.com    617-520-4372    
125 South Lexington Ave., Suite 101, Asheville, NC 28801

The American Herbalists Guild was founded in 1989 as a non-profit, educational organization to represent the goals and voices of herbalists specializing in the medicinal use of plants. Our primary goal is to promote a high level of professionalism and education in the study and practice of therapeutic herbalism. AHG Celebrated 25 years in 2014!

United Plant Savers    www.unitedplantsavers.org    740-742-3455    
PO Box 776, Athens, OH 45701

The mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come. The work of UpS involves research, education and conservation of native medicinal plants and their habitats. UpS involves research, education and conservation of native medicinal plants and their habitats. UpS is a non-profit organization.

The Herb Research Foundation    www.herbs.org    303-449-2265    
1007 Pearl Street, Suite 200, Boulder, CO 80302

Provides access to an online newsletter including herbal research reviews and news. The website includes information about HRF publications. HRF is a medicinal plant organization.

Herbal Medicine Research


National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health    www.nccam.nih.gov    
9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine. We are one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The mission of NCCAM is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine interventions and their roles in improving health and health care.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Integrative Medicine Services    www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/about-herbs-botanicals-other-products

646-888-0800    Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center, 1429 First Avenue, New York, NY 10021

About Herbs, Botanicals and Other Products is an information resource, presented by the Integrative Medicine Center, providing evidence-based information about herbs, botanicals, supplements and more. Included in the data base is a clinical summary, purported uses constituents, and links to published research.


This information first appeared in the spring 2002 national newsletter, and subsequently in the 2014 HSA Winter Newsletter. Information has been revised and checked by Dawn Combs, ethnobotanist, co-owner of Mockingbird Meadows Farm and director of the Eclectic Herbal Institute.

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