Botanical name of herbs and links to articles reviewing their benefits and risks
June 7 2016 by Ray Sahelian, M.D.

A botanical name is a formal scientific name conforming to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. The reason it is important to have a botanical name for plants is for scientists from different countries to be able to refer to the same name accepted and used worldwide for a particular plant or group of plants.

Acorus calamus has been used in the traditional system of medicine for gastrointestinal disorders such as colic pain and diarrhea.
Ajuga turkestanica is a plant from Central Asia that has phytoecdysteroids and it is being promoted as an anabolic herb.
Albizzia julibrissin ismentioned in Chinese pharmacopoeia as a traditional medicine used to relieve melancholia and uneasiness of body and mind.
Annona muricata also known as graviola tree.
Apium graveolens herb is also known as wild celery.
Aristotelia chilensis is also known as Maqui berry and grows in the Patagonia region of South America.
Bambusa Vulgaris or bamboo, has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese herbal medicine.
Cissus quadrangularis botanical herb 
Commiphora mukul is a plant known as Guggul
Convolvulus arvensis is known as bindweed herb
Crescentia cujete (Bignonceae) - Calabash tree is known scientifically as Crescentia cujete and is native to southern North America, the Carribean, Central America and northern South America. Folkloric medicine claims the beneficial effects to several ailments but I have yet to find scientific investigations on its efficacy.
Crinum Latifolium is used in Vietnam for prostate cancer treatment.
Ecklonia cava, an edible marine brown alga
Emblica officinalis is also know as Amla herb, used by Ayurvedic doctors.
Fructus Psoraleae may have an influence on dopamine receptors.
Garcinia mangostana is also known as mangosteen fruit. Garcinia mangostana has interesting substances called xanthones.
Hippomane mancinella, or manchineel tree, is a species of flowering plant native to Florida in the United States, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Central America, and northern South America. It is poisonous and toxic.
Hypericum perforatum, also known as St. John's wort, is an herb sold as a supplement that helps improve mood and is often used to treat depression.
Kratom, the Thai medicinal plant Mitragyna speciosa is misused as a herbal drug.
Lepidium meyenii, also known as maca, is a root-like vegetable shaped like a radish that grows high in the harsh climate of the Andes Mountains in South America.
The roots of Lomatium dissectum were used by traditional Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest
Mandragora root is also known as mandrake and can be poisonous.
Nelumbo Nucifera is a Chinese medicinal herb
Pfaffia paniculata is known as Brazilian ginseng and is used to improve energy level and vitality.
Pueraria lobata is the botanical name for kudzu. Kudzu is thought to be helpful to those who misuse alcohol and drink too much.
Pueraria mirifica is known in Thailand as Kwao Keur Kao and has been used for medicinal purposes.
Pueraria tuberosa is a woody legume found in India known as Indian kudzu.
Rhamnus nakaharai is an herb with high antioxidant capability.
Rubus coreanus is traditionally used as an astringent, restorative and tonic in Asian countries.
Smallanthus sonchifolia is also known as Yacon, a good source of fructooligosaccharides (FOS).
Spilanthes acmella is known as Akarkara, used in Ayurvedic medicine.
Syzygium jambolanum has been traditionally used for blood sugar control. This herb is also known as Jambul, Jambolan, and Jambu.
Urtica dioica is an herb with stinging hairs found in the United States mostly in forests, mountains, weedy, undisturbed areas and roadsides. Extracts of the Urtica dioica roots have been used in Germany for prostate health, joint disorders and respiratory health.
Verbascum thapsus (Great Mullein or Common Mullein) is a species of mullein native to Europe, northern Africa and Asia.
Vitex agnus-castus is widely used for the treatment of premenstrual syndrome. It is the botanical name of the herb known as chaste berry.

Emails received
Q. I am working for a pharmaceutical company in Greece. We are working on anticancer drugs such as Lipoplatin and ointments. I the drug development we are working with natural products and with new techniques in drug delivery. We are interested in purchasing either natural products (at about 100-200 mg) or dried parts of plants (such as fruits, at about 1-2 kg) that contain natural products. To be more specific I was wondering if your company could provide anything from the following at a quantity of about 1 kg: Here are the botanical names of these botanicals.
1) Resin from the bark of the trunk of Pistacia lentiscus (family Anacardiaceae).
2) Dried Fruits and seed from Brazilian Peppertree (family Anacardiaceae)
3) Dried Fruits from Phellodendron Chinense (Rutaceae family)
5) Dried Fruits from Phellodendron japonicum Maxim (family Rutaceae)
6) Dried Stem bark from Dysoxylum Variabile (Meliaceae family)
7) Dried stem bark Aglaia Leucophylla (Meliaceae family
8) Dried bark Simaruba Amara (Simaroubaceae family).
9) Dried Leaves, fruits, bark Eurycoma longifolia Jack (family Simaroubaceae)
10) Dried Seed Azadirachta indica (Meliaceae family)
11) Dried Heartwood from Cedrela glaziovii C. or Cedrela odorata L. (family Meliaceae or Mahogany family).

Also, we were interested in purchasing pure natural products such as: niloticin, obaratone, maticadienonic acid, isomasticadienonic acid, masticadienolic acid, and isomasticadienolic acid.
   A. Sorry we don't sell raw materials.