Research Guidelines for Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of Herbal Medicines
(1993; 94 pages)
Table of Contents
View the documentFOREWORD
Open this folder and view contents1. INTRODUCTION
Close this folder2. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS IN HERBAL MEDICINE RESEARCH
View the documentLEGAL CONSIDERATIONS
Open this folder and view contentsETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
View the documentTRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE ON HERBAL MEDICINE
View the documentREGULATORY REQUIREMENTS
View the documentPURPOSES OF RESEARCH
View the documentSELECTION OF RESEARCH PROJECTS
View the documentRESEARCH APPROACHES
View the documentASSURING ACCESS TO RELEVANT DATABASES
View the documentEDUCATION
Open this folder and view contents3. RESEARCH STUDIES
Open this folder and view contents4. USING THE GUIDELINES
Open this folder and view contentsANNEXES
View the documentNOTES
View the documentBIBLIOGRAPHY
View the documentSELECTED WHO PUBLICATIONS OF RELATED INTEREST
 

TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE ON HERBAL MEDICINE

Herbal medicines have been used by the traditional system of medicine for a long time. Prolonged and apparently uneventful use. of an herbal medicine may offer testimony of its safety and efficacy. The research approaches should differentiate between herbal medicines which have had documented experience from a long period of use with those whose traditional use has not been established.

Traditional use of herbal medicine is usually an integral part of culture, which was developed within an ethnic group before the development and spread of modern science. Respect for the principle of the traditional system of medicine under study must be an important priority. Traditional knowledge and experience of the use of herbal medicines should be considered when the research is proposed, prepared and conducted Consultation with traditional medical practitioners is encouraged. In conducting research on herbal medicines which are based on traditional principles and techniques, such principles and techniques should be considered

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