The use of herbal medicines in primary health care
Other TitlesReport of the Regional Meeting, 10-12 March 2009, Yangon, Myanmar
AbstractHerbal medicines (HM) form an essential and major component of traditional medicines (TM). HM are commonly used in countries of the South-East Asia Region. This regional meeting was held to exchange information and to promote the development of herbal medicine for use in primary health care (PHC). Technical presentations covered the role of WHO in promoting the use of herbal medicines in PHC; research strategy to ensure efficacy, safety and quality of herbal remedies; and conservation of medicinal plants through sustainable harvesting practices. Development of a generic framework on the sharing of information on the use of herbal medicines in PHC, a generic framework on quality, safety and efficacy of herbal remedies and a generic framework on intercountry cooperation in HM for use in PHC were developed through group work. Countries presented the use of herbal medicines in their respective countries, thereby providing the baseline status for development of HM in countries of the Region. The meeting made a number of conclusions and recommendations on sharing of information on the use of HM/TM in PHC; research to improve quality, efficacy, and safety of herbal medicines; and for intercountry cooperation. Conservation and sustainable utilization of medicinal plants were also recommended, which would further facilitate the use of herbal medicines in countries of the SEA Region.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2009). The use of herbal medicines in primary health care. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206476