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Volume 80, Issue 10 (Jan 2008)


Protocols on safety, efficacy, standardization, and documentation of herbal medicine (IUPAC Technical Report)

M. Mosihuzzaman
  • Corresponding author
  • H. E. J. Research Institute of Chemistry, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan
/ M. Iqbal Choudhary
  • Corresponding author
  • H. E. J. Research Institute of Chemistry, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan
Published Online: 2009-01-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1351/pac200880102195

This Technical Report compiles and analyzes the current scientific knowledge on herbal medicine and highlights the practical ways for ensuring the safety of herbal preparations and evaluating their claimed efficacy. Emphasis has been given to the methods for standardization of herbal medicine and the ways and means for moving forward to achieve the difficult goal of preparing herbal medicines of consistent quality and effects. Pragmatic approaches have been recommended to overcome the difficulties in (i) protecting intellectual property rights (IPR); (ii) producing safe, potent, standardized, and affordable herbal medicine; and (iii) documenting the knowledge base on herbal medicine in an easily accessible format.

Keywords: documentation; efficacy; herbal medicine; intellectual property rights; IUPAC Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division; safety; standardization; task group

Project Year: 2005, Project Code: 2005-034-1-300


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