These guidelines have been developed to improve the situation described above, and to promote the proper use and development of traditional medicine. The specific objectives of the guidelines are to:
• harmonize the use of certain accepted and important terms in traditional medicine;
• summarize key issues for developing methodologies for research and evaluation of traditional medicine;
• improve the quality and value of research in traditional medicine; and
• provide appropriate evaluation methods to facilitate the development of regulation and registration in traditional medicine.