AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) gratefully recognizes the support of Soho Flordis International (SFI) following its "adoption" of the traditional Ayurvedic herb bacopa through the ABC Adopt-an-Herb Program.
With its adoption of bacopa, SFI's commitment has helped ABC maintain its information-rich HerbMedPro™ database, keeping it up-to-date with the latest scientific and clinical research on this traditional herb on which a growing body of modern scientific and clinical research documents potential health benefits.
HerbMedPro is a comprehensive interactive database available on ABC's website that provides access to important scientific and clinical research data underlying the use of approximately 250 herbs and their effects on human health.
"ABC deeply appreciates SFI's excellent support of ABC's unique nonprofit educational mission with this adoption of bacopa," said Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of ABC. "As a research-based herbal products company, SFI understands the important role that human clinical research plays in the responsible development of herbal medicinal products."
Also known as brahmi and water hyssop, bacopa (Bacopa monnieri, Plantaginaceae) is a creeping perennial medicinal plant native to India with a long history of use in the Ayurvedic traditional medicine system. It is known primarily for enhancing cognitive ability and brain function as well as its mild sedative effects. Bacopa contains bacosides, which possess antioxidant activities, and saponins. Other conditions which may benefit from bacopa supplementation include anxiety, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
About Soho Flordis International
Australia-based SFI was established in 2010 as a collaboration between Flordis Pty Ltd and SOHO Group. As a result of this collaboration, SFI is now a global natural medicine company committed to identifying and developing natural medicines with high levels of evidence of quality, safety, and effectiveness, and marketing them around the world. SFI's dedication to furthering product development and clinical evidence of the quality of its products is evident by its rigorous clinical testing of its own brands, which include Flordis, Ginsana® (patented in 1960 as the world's first standardized botanical extract), ProThera®, Klaire Labs®, and Complementary Prescriptions™. In March 2015, ABC awarded SFI with its Varro E. Tyler Award for Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research in recognition of these achievements.
About Adopt-an-Herb and HerbMedPro
SFI is among the 35 companies that have supported ABC's ongoing educational efforts, through the Adopt-an-Herb Program, to collect, organize, and disseminate reliable, traditional, science-based, and clinical information on herbs, medicinal plants, and other botanical- and fungal-based ingredients. Adopt-an-Herb encourages companies, organizations, and individuals to "adopt" one or more specific herbs for inclusion and ongoing maintenance in the HerbMedPro database. To date, 40 herbs have been adopted.
HerbMedPro provides online access to abstracts of scientific and clinical publications on nearly 250 commonly used medicinal herbs. Each adopted herb is continuously researched for new articles and studies, ensuring that its HerbMedPro record stays current and robust. The result is an unparalleled resource — not only for researchers, health professionals, industry, and consumers, but for all members of the herbal and dietary supplements community, and others — available via ABC's website.
HerbMedPro is available to ABC members at the Academic level and higher; its "sister" site HerbMed® is free and available to the general public. Making this unique resource free to the public increases the number of people who benefit from updated information on herbs, in accordance with ABC's nonprofit educational mission.
In keeping with ABC's position as an independent nonprofit organization, herb adopters do not influence the scientific information that is compiled for their respective adopted herbs.
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SOURCE American Botanical Council