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
Open this folder and view contents2. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS IN HERBAL MEDICINE RESEARCH
Close this folder3. RESEARCH STUDIES
View the documentLITERATURE BACKGROUND
View the documentPROTOCOL PREPARATION
View the documentQUALITY SPECIFICATIONS OF PLANT MATERIALS AND PREPARATION
Open this folder and view contentsNON-CLINICAL STUDIES
Open this folder and view contentsCLINICAL TRIALS USING HERBAL MEDICINES
View the documentEVALUATION OF HERBAL MEDICINE RESEARCH
Open this folder and view contentsTECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND EDUCATION
Open this folder and view contents4. USING THE GUIDELINES
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View the documentNOTES
View the documentBIBLIOGRAPHY
View the documentSELECTED WHO PUBLICATIONS OF RELATED INTEREST
 

LITERATURE BACKGROUND

As the various traditions of herbal medicine have their roots in many different cultures and have only recently been investigated scientifically, it must be recognized that knowledge about herbal remedies is apt to be still perpetuated by oral tradition and found in anecdotal observations rather than in systematic laboratory and clinical studies that have been published in the scientific literature. Furthermore, it must also be recognized that while some publications on herbal medicines may not meet the stringent requirements of international peer-reviewed journals, they may still provide potentially useful observations and ideas for further study. Therefore, a thorough literature survey should be the starting point for every serious effort in herbal medicine research.

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