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American Ginseng Summit

by Glynis Board, West Virginia Public Radio Attendees of The American Ginseng SummitUnited Plant Savers was honored to host the 2014 American Ginseng Summit at our Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, OH where we discussed safe-guarding wild populations of American ginseng, as well as protecting the American ginseng export industry and creating a domestic market. Below is the write up of the NPR radio coverage. You can also listen to this program with a link ...
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Pirates for the Planet

by UpS Executive Director, Susan Leopold The “At-Risk” Tool made its published debut in 2014 culminating in years of work by many in the UpS community.1 The visionaries of the “At-Risk” tool are former UpS Board Member Kelly Kindscher of the University of Kansas and Lisa Castle, the 2014 Medicinal Plant Conservation Award recipient, of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. The format of the assessment tool was in part patterned after the Blue Oceans Group’s Seafood ...
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The Two Sides of Chaga

by Robert Dale Rogers Chaga ( Inonotus obliquus )Over the past decade, herbalists have increasingly embraced the use of medicinal mushrooms in clinical practice. These members of the Fungi Kingdom offer many health benefits, and there remains much to be learned about them. Some mushrooms, such as reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), and maitake (Grifola frondosa) have undergone numerous in vitro, in vivo, and assorted human clinical trials. These involve studies on the ...
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Framing a Domestic Market for American Ginseng: A Conversation

by Erika Galentin “…it may also be true that ginseng gains resilience [as a species] by attracting different elements of human society–not just people involved in medicine, but also in culture and commerce.” David A. Taylor, Ginseng, the Devine Root American ginseng ( Panax quinquefolius ) berriesEvidenced by the United Plant Savers’ Ginseng Summit of 2014 and the North Carolina Natural Products Association’s International Ginseng Expo of 2015, there is tender evolution taking place in ...
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Restoration of the Heart, Lessons from the All Mighty Shorea faguetiana Tree

by Susan Leopold, PhD Tamara Negara Climbing the Koompasia excelsNearly twenty-one years had passed since I had cast my wish at Kanya kamayi into the visual well of both the sun setting and moon rising at the tip of southern India. The next place I landed after my pilgrimage travel adventure was Malaysia. Back then no one had cell phones, my Nikon camera used film, and backpackers relied on guidebooks and talked to strangers to ...
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Slippery Elm in the Herbal Marketplace – Past, Present & Future

Slipping Away? Slippery Elm in the Herbal Marketplace – Past, Present & Future by Eric P. Burkhart, PhD Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra Muhl.) is one of the most well-known, and widely used, medicinal tree barks native to the United States. It is currently included on the United Plant Savers “At-Risk” List due to concerns over the continued industry dependence on wild harvested material to fill market demand. The name slippery elm refers to the texture ...
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