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Elder Fruit Sambucus nigra L.; and closely related species Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium

Home AHP Projects Support AHP’s Monograph Development Elder Fruit Sambucus nigra L.; and closely related species Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium
Elder Fruit, Sambucus nigra
  • FUNDED $23,295
  • NEEDED $7,975
  • GOAL $31,270
  • FUNDED 74%


The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia® (AHP) has begun the development of an AHP Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium for Elder Fruit and Elder flower, a very popular immune support and herbal dietary supplement ingredient that has risen in popularity in recent years. In addition to establishing quality control standards for the raw material and testing methodology to detect adulterations. There is confusion regarding the various species in trade and whether these are similar in traditional use, chemistry, and efficacy. We hope to raise the necessary funds to fast track this as soon as possible so we provide health care professionals and consumers with credible information about the health benefits of elder.

AHP monographs represent the most comprehensive and critically reviewed body of information on herbal medicines in the English language, and serve as a primary reference for academicians, health care providers, manufacturers, and regulators. All AHP monographs are developed by acknowledged experts in the field of medicinal plants and include a diverse array of experts in botany, pharmacognosy, natural products chemistry and analysis, pharmacology, toxicology, and traditional herbal medicine. As with all AHP monographs, a suite of scientifically valid identi­fication tests will be provided, along with appropriate drawings and photographic images to help in the identification of the species. The following pages provide budget and sponsorship pledge form. We hope you will give this your sincere consideration.


Roy Upton, President
American Herbal Pharmacopoeia

Table of Contents


  • Botanical Nomenclature
  • Botanical Family
  • Pharmaceutical Nomenclature
  • Definition
  • Common Names


  • Botanical Identification
  • Macroscopic Identification
  • Microscopic Identification




  • Clinical Efficacy and Pharmacodynamics
  • Actions
  • Medical Indications Supported by Clinical Trials
  • Medical Indications Supported by Traditional or Modern Experience
  • Substantiation for Structure and Function Claims
  • Dosages

International Status


Commercial Sources & Handling

  • Collection
  • Cultivation
  • Handling and Processing
  • Drying
  • Storage
  • Qualitative Differentiation
  • Adulterants
  • Preparations
  • Environmental Sustainability


  • Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC/HPTLC)
  • Quantitative Standards

Safety Profile

  • Side Effects
  • Contraindications
  • Interactions
  • Pregnancy, Mutagenicity, and Reproductive Toxicity
  • Lactation
  • Carcinogenicity
  • Influence on Driving
  • Precautions
  • Overdose
  • Treatment of Overdose
  • Toxicology
  • Classification of the American Herbal Products Association



$5,400 of $31,270 raised

* Please note: The full sponsorship goal of the Elder Fruit Sambucus nigraand closley related species Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium Sponsorship project is $31,270. If you would like to donate the full sponsorship amount, please contact us and we’ll send you an invoice.

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Donation Total: $50.00