New Resource for Herbal Medicine Users

By AltMed1-Peggy  

If you’ve ever struggled to pronounce the name of an herb or herbal medicine, you’ll love a new resource called A Guide to Pronouncing Plant Names, by Judith Sims (2012), from the American Botanical Council (ABC). 

Why would you care? For one thing, lots of herbs have more than one common name. Black cohosh for example, is also called black snakeroot, bugbane, bugwort, rattleroot, rattletop, rattle weed, and macrotys, according to the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements. So you’ll use the Latin name, instead? Fine, but which one? Actaea racemosa or Cimicifuga racemosa – and how in the world would you pronounce either if you had to ask for it at a health store?

The Pronouncing Guide is available in two forms. Both are on CD and both are priced at $30 (US).

  • The audio CD is described by the ABC as:  “A succinct and entertaining guide to the pronunciation of Latin plant binomials. Covering 230 plant names, this guide is a set of drills designed to help you learn the scientific names of plants quickly and feel comfortable pronouncing them.” Printed materials are also included.

  • The digital CD provides the same with “PDF for those who prefer a totally digital version,” according to the ABC.

In addition to the eStore where the ABC sells this Guide and other materials, you’ll find a wealth of other goodies including…

…the Herbal Library with the ABC’s quarterly journal, HerbalGram

…summaries of major herb research articles

…an interactive database of scientific research on herbals

…monographs (detailed reports, each on a single herb, that tell how it is used, what its side effects and contraindications are, what dosage is best, etc.)

…Commission E Monographs (reports from the highly regarded German government organization that evaluates the safety and effectiveness of herbs used as medicine)

…courses for those who want to learn more about herbs


…speakers bureau

and much more.

Want a sample?  The four links below will give you a pretty good idea of the type of information that’s available. And these are open to anyone visiting the site (no fee, no membership required).

* The ABC’s Therapeutic Monograph on an herbal cold remedy called Cold-fX®

* A guide to the meaning of herbal Terminology (words or terms used in herbal info)

* Clinical Guide to Elder Berry (an herbal flu remedy)

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For anyone who is interested in the world of herbal medicine and wants to know more about how to use individual herbs or combinations of herbs medicinally, the ABC site is a keeper.

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