Herbal Explorations: The Business of Herbs and Botanicals

Herbal Explorations: The Business of Herbs and Botanicals

Herbal Explorations: The Business of Herbs & Botanicals is a podcast by Wilson Lau of Nuherbs. This is a series of meaningful conversations with other herbal (Traditional Chinese Medicine/agricultural/nutraceutical/wellness) professionals. The topics covered everything from ingredient availability and product formulation to supply chain management and Federal regulations.

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In this episode, Wilson talks with Bill Chioffi of Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Research.

In it, Wilson and Bill discuss: What the institute is and what its mission, and Wilson asks:

Currently, herbs depending on the level of research and claims that it seeks to make can be classified as a Food, Drug, or Cosmetic, which are all regulated by the FDA. A example of this is Vitamin C can be classified as a drug, if it’s delivered...

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Holly Johnson of the American Herbal Products Association discusses the AHPA’s Tonnage Surveys. These reports present the findings of surveys APHA conducts to quantify annual harvests of certain North American herbs in commerce. In this episode, Holly discusses:

  • How the AHPA conducts their surveys, and shares their research methodology, how their studies are conducted, how they take the data from their surveys, and share it with th...
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    May 16, 2022 23 min

    In this episode, Wilson and Asa Waldstein, the principal of the Regulatory Compliance and Supplement Advisory Group and the creator of  the #WarningLetterWednesday. Asa and Wilson discuss how herbalists, TCM practitioners, naturopaths, and functional medicine doctors should make claims.


    Making Claims

    Claims you make as a practitioner are different from claims you make products, as product claims move out the practice scope and mor...

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    Conservation, Preservation, ESG, and the Work of FairWild


    In this episode, Wilson talks to Anastasiya Timoshyna of FairWild. Anastasiya and Wilson talk about a specific conservation effort called TRAFFIC and how FairWild is working to ensure that the trade in wild species is not a threat to environmental conservation.

    As part of this work, Nuherbs has been supporting the development and the growth of the FairWild Standard and the ...

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    Climate Change and Developing Sustainable Harvesting Practices

    Wilson Lau, and Josef Brinkman, Traditional Medicinals, Vice President of Sustainability talk about climate change, growing herbs, and building a sustainable supply chain. According to Josef, sustainability begins with evaluating and understanding what is needed most to sustain and improve your supply chain.


    1:30: What do you consider to be a sustainable herbal supply ...

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    Does Just In Time Inventory Make Sense For the Global Supply Chain?

    In this episode, Wilson Lau and Sam Joshi, talk about “Just in time inventory” and some trends that make “just in time herbal ingredients” harder to secure these last few years. The conversations provides an extensive overview of the stakeholders involved the global herbal supply chain including:

  • Government / Regulators
  • Farmers / Wildcrafters
  • Aggregators
  • Processors
  • Tra...
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    In this episode, Wilson and Ann discuss key areas of sustainability impacting the growth, cultivation and harvesting of herbs. Listen to their conversation to better understand:


    Farming Practices - Soil Health: Choice of the crops, variety, seed, rotation, soil fertility, The temperature, soil, terrain, micro-climate and humidity all influence potency of the plant. For the plants to continue to thrive, the entire ecosystem must be...

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    Jon Benninger of Informa, and Wilson Lau of Nuherbs will be discussing the importance of hybrid events and platforms such as SupplySide365 and Jon’s Morning Mingle are for the herbal supply chain.


    In this episode, they discuss and explore how the herbal industry can use online platforms to supplement traditional trade shows to discover new suppliers, customers, and make new connections. Jon and Wilson look at how companies will do...

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    In order for brands and manufacturers to be able to meet regulatory compliance, and create safe and effective botanical products, herbal identity testing is critical. Confirming botanical genus, species, and plant parts is an art, as well as a science. Wilson talks to Elan Sudberg, CEO of Alkemist Labs, on how the process works.

    To learn more about herbalism, the supply chain, and sourcing, visit https://www.nuherbs.com.

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    In this episode, Roy Upton, the president of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, and Wilson Lau discuss the importance of high quality herbal research on the herbal supply chain.

    To learn more about herbalism, the supply chain, and sourcing, visit https://www.nuherbs.com.

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    In this episode, Blake Ebersole, founder of NaturPro Scientific, and Willson discuss herbal product development and formulation. They also discuss FDA compliance work, quality control and supply chain issues. Listen and learn more about what’s happening in R&D in 2022.

    To learn more about herbalism, the supply chain, and sourcing, visit https://www.nuherbs.com.

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    In this episode, Wilson speaks to David Winston of Herbalist & Alchemist, who is the world’s leading expert on adaptogens. In this episode, they discuss:


    2:00: The history of adaptogens.

    3:00: The historical definition of what an adaptogen is.

    4:40: Practitioners still use old definitions of adaptogens.

    5:30: We need to define adaptogens correctly. There are only 9.

    6:12: Classifying other herbs with adaptogenic properties.

    7:...

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