links include information on "The Complete German Commission
E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide To Herbal Medicines"
and the US Pharmacopoeia, both of which are exhaustive sources of
authoritative information. For those who seek to substantiate the
clinical use of dietary supplements, a wealth of information is
available here. Only recently translated into English, The Complete
German Commission E Monographs are notable for the comprehensive
information they provide.
American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP)
From their website: "The primary goal of the AHP is to produce
authoritative herbal monographs containing accurate, critically
reviewed information on botanicals which can provide guidance
in the appropriate use of herbal therapeutics." An excerpt
from their monograph on St. John's wort is on the website.
Several monographs are currently finished and available for purchase.
Others are in development. Their goal is to develop comprehensive
monographs for 300 specific botanicals.
Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal
This document, which contains 380 monographs now translated into
English, can be purchased through the American Botanical Council
website (same link as above), or through our own bookstore.
States Pharmacopoeia (USP)
The U.S. Pharmacopoeia establishes standards for nutritional supplements,
botanical preparations, and excipients as well as for drugs
and medical devices. From their website: "These standards
are published in the United States Pharmacopoeia and the National
Formulary (USP-NF). USP standards are reviewed by hundreds
of health care professionals prior to publication and are enforceable
by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration." The USP is a
private nonprofit organization, established in 1820. We
recommend searching for "supplement" or "monograph" or the particular
substance you want to know about.