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Organix-South Adopts Neem Through the American Botanical Council's Adopt-an-Herb Program

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Organix-South, a manufacturer of certified-organic Ayurvedic herbal products, has officially joined the American Botanical Council's (ABC) Adopt-an-Herb program by adopting the versatile herb neem. For the next three years, Organix-South will provide ABC with financial support to ensure that summaries of the latest published scientific and clinical research on neem (Azadirachta indica) are made available within ABC's HerbMedPro database, one of the most robust and powerful herbal databases and research tools on the Internet.

"ABC is deeply grateful to Organix-South for supporting our nonprofit educational mission and thus helping ensure that information on neem in the HerbMedPro database remains current," said Mark Blumenthal, ABC's founder and executive director. "The information within ABC's Web site,, and specifically in the HerbMedPro database, serves as a reliable resource on herbs and other beneficial botanicals for consumers, scientists, and others."

By adopting neem, Organix-South is supporting ABC's ongoing efforts to collect and disseminate reliable, traditional, and science-based information on herbs, medicinal plants, and other plant-based ingredients. The Adopt-an-Herb program encourages companies and individuals to "adopt" one or more specific herbs for inclusion in the HerbMedPro database. Each adopted herb will be researched monthly for newly published articles and studies, and the herb's record in HerbMedPro will be updated as needed. The result is that consumers, researchers, health practitioners, educators, media, government agencies, members of industry, and others can use HerbMedPro via ABC's information-rich Web site to access the latest scientific and clinical publications on the adopted herbs.

HerbMedPro is operated through a partnership between the Alternative Medicine Foundation and ABC. HerbMedPro is an interactive, impartial, and evidence-based herbal database that provides hyperlinked access to freely-available abstracts of scientific and clinical publications on more than 220 commonly used medicinal herbs. Herb records in HerbMedPro vary in size from those with a very large amount of published data, such as Ginkgo biloba, with over 1,000 summarized entries and links, to Acacia catechu (cutch tree or black catechu in the pea family), with fewer than 50.

HerbMedPro has a free "sister" site, HerbMed, which features 20 to 30 herbs from HerbMedPro that are rotated onto this site on a regular basis. This site is available at no cost to the public, thereby increasing the number of people benefiting from updated information on adopted herbs.

All herb adopters are recognized by ABC for helping to promote ABC's nonprofit educational mission and for helping to ensure that up-to-date herbal information on their adopted herb is readily accessible to the general public. This recognition will take place on ABC's Web site,, and in its publications, including ABC's quarterly, peer-reviewed journal HerbalGram.

More information on the benefits of ABC's Adopt-an-Herb program is available from Denise Meikel, ABC's development director, in ABC's development department, or by calling 512-926-4900 x 120.

About Neem

Neem (Azadirachta indica) is known as the "village pharmacy" in its native India. Many parts of this highly versatile tree are used all over the world for a wide variety of medicinal purposes ranging from arthritis and diabetes to skin and gastric disorders. Long recognized for its antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, new research is documenting its use in such seemingly disparate activities as oral care and repelling mosquitoes and agricultural pests.

About Organix-South

Founded in 1998, Organix-South is the world's leading manufacturer of certified-organic neem products. Organix-South is committed to globally promoting organic, fairly-traded and ethically wild-crafted herbal dietary supplements and therapeutic personal care products. The company's mission is to create wholesome and natural products while taking care of the planet. Organix-South believes in empowering its customers with the ability to better utilize the benefits of herbal products and supporting their own wellness with ongoing herbal education. Ranked as the 64(th) fastest-growing company in the consumer products industry by Inc. magazine, the company is headquartered in rural central Florida. More information is available at

About the American Botanical Council

Founded in 1988, the American Botanical Council is a leading international nonprofit organization addressing research and educational issues regarding herbs and medicinal plants. ABC's members include academic researchers and educators, universities and libraries, health professionals and medical institutions, botanical gardens and arboreta, government agencies, members of the herb, dietary supplement, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries, journalists, consumers, and other interested parties from over 70 countries. The organization occupies a historic 2.5-acre site in Austin, Texas where it publishes the quarterly journal HerbalGram, the monthly e-publication HerbalEGram, HerbClips (summaries of scientific and clinical publications),reference books, and other educational materials.

ABC is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Information: Contact ABC at P.O. Box 144345, Austin, TX 78714-4345, Phone: 512-926-4900. Web site:

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Mark Blumenthal

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