Guidelines for the Appropriate use of Herbal Medicines
(1998; 88 pages)
Table of Contents
View the documentForeword
Open this folder and view contents1. Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. Goals and objectives of the guidelines
View the document3. Definitions
Open this folder and view contents4. National policy development
Close this folder5. Development of a national programme on herbal medicines
View the document5.1 National management body for the herbal medicine programme
View the document5.2 Use of herbal medicines in health care
View the document5.3 Research on herbal medicines
View the document5.4 Preparation of information on medicinal plants
View the document5.5 Conservation of medicinal plants
View the document5.6 Training and education
View the document5.7 Collection and exchange of information on herbal medicines
Open this folder and view contents6. Regulation of practitioners
Open this folder and view contents7. Regulation of the manufacture and distribution of medicinal herbal products
Open this folder and view contents8. Regulation of herbal medicines
View the document9. Use of the guidelines
View the documentAnnex 1: Report of the meeting of the working group on herbal medicines
View the documentAnnex 2: List of temporary advisers, consultants, observers and secretariat
View the documentAnnex 3: Agenda
View the documentAnnex 4: Opening Speech of Dr S.T. Han, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Region Working Group on Herbal Medicines, 8 December 1997, Manila, Philippines
View the documentAnnex 5: Closing Remarks of Dr S.T. Han, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Working Group on Herbal Medicines, 12 December 1997, Manila, Philippines
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5.3 Research on herbal medicines

Although herbal medicines used by traditional systems of medicine have been tested through long historical practice, scientific research on herbal medicines will provide additional evidence of their safety and efficacy. Research will also provide data on herbal medicines to meet regulatory requirements. However, respect of the principles of the traditional system of medicine under study must be an important consideration when the research project is prepared, conducted and evaluated. The Research guidelines for evaluating the safety and efficacy of herbal medicines, prepared by the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, provide suggestions and guidance on research methodology on pharmacodynamic and general pharmacological studies, toxicity investigations and clinical trials.

Efforts should be made to upgrade research capability in the field of herbal medicines. Research should initially be utilization-based and preferably include the participation of practitioners and consumers to ensure maximum support from the community.

Whenever necessary, research projects should be conducted in collaboration, involving various research agencies.

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