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AHPA's Herbs of Commerce is the standard for all common and scientific plant names used for products containing herbs. The second edition lists Latin binomials, Standardized Common Names, Ayurvedic, Chinese (pinyin), and other common names for 2,048 species, including 25 fungi and 23 seaweeds. This publication is necessity for anyone who writes about plants or manufactures herbal products.

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Federal regulations require that the common or usual name of botanical ingredients in dietary supplements be consistent with the names standardized in the second edition of Herbs of Commerce.

AHPA’s first edition of Herbs of Commerce, published in 1992 as self-governing guidance to reduce confusion associated with labeling botanical ingredients, established a single “standardized” common name for each listed herbs. The document was incorporated by reference in 1997 as FDA initiated rulemaking to implement the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. 

The second edition was published in 2000 and edited by McGuffin in collaboration with three of the country's preeminent experts on botanical nomenclature: Drs. John Kartesz, Albert Leung, and Arthur Tucker.


  • AHPA Members: $49.95
  • Non-members: $99.99

The Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition includes:

  • Easily understood classification systems to indicate the safety of each listed species and the potential for drug interactions
  • Information on adverse events reported in clinical trials or case reports 
  • Safety-related pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of each herb
  • Additional information on the use of herbs by pregnant or lactating women 
  • Toxicological studies and data on toxic compounds 
  • Extensive references for each entry

The book is available in hardback print and online formats. Both versions contain the same information, but the online version, which is optimized for smartphones and tablets, has several additional attributes. Some of these relate to its operation, as it allows subscribers to search for keywords and botanical names and easily access the information they use most by saving personalized lists of entries. Perhaps more importantly, the online version will be updated regularly with new research, and subscribers will be notified of updates to provide immediate access to the most current information. The standard retail cost for either version is $119.95 (one-time cost in print; a renewable annual subscription online). We are discounting the cost for our members and would be happy to offer a discount to other organizations. A free preview of several entries are available online:

Subscribe to the online version or purchase a hardcover copy today. AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition  Print Version: 1,042 pages, revised edition published in 2013 AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition Online

Member annual subscription: $95.00 
Non-member annual subscription: $119.00 Discounts available for multiple user subscriptions.

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