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Historical perspective of traditional indigenous medical practices: the current renaissance and conservation of herbal resources.

Pan SY, Litscher G, Gao SH, Zhou SF, Yu ZL, Chen HQ, Zhang SF, Tang MK, Sun JN, Ko KM - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med (2014)

Bottom Line: Since the dawn of mankind, in fact, the use of herbs/plants has offered an effective medicine for the treatment of illnesses.This paper aims to provide a review of the history and status quo of Chinese, Indian, and Arabic herbal medicines in terms of their significant contribution to the health promotion in present-day over-populated and aging societies.Attention will be focused on the depletion of plant resources on earth in meeting the increasing demand for herbs.

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Affiliation: School of Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100102, China.

ABSTRACT
In recent years, increasing numbers of people have been choosing herbal medicines or products to improve their health conditions, either alone or in combination with others. Herbs are staging a comeback and herbal "renaissance" occurs all over the world. According to the World Health Organization, 75% of the world's populations are using herbs for basic healthcare needs. Since the dawn of mankind, in fact, the use of herbs/plants has offered an effective medicine for the treatment of illnesses. Moreover, many conventional/pharmaceutical drugs are derived directly from both nature and traditional remedies distributed around the world. Up to now, the practice of herbal medicine entails the use of more than 53,000 species, and a number of these are facing the threat of extinction due to overexploitation. This paper aims to provide a review of the history and status quo of Chinese, Indian, and Arabic herbal medicines in terms of their significant contribution to the health promotion in present-day over-populated and aging societies. Attention will be focused on the depletion of plant resources on earth in meeting the increasing demand for herbs.

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Styles of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) in the global market (see also [62] of quasi-chemical model and [63–65] of full-chemical model).
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fig4: Styles of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) in the global market (see also [62] of quasi-chemical model and [63–65] of full-chemical model).

Mentions: More importantly, in recent decades, China has put a great deal of human efforts and financial resources to promote research and development in the area of CHM in a systematic manner, and this enormous effort is unmatched by other traditional medicines around the world. In this context, we have published reviews on the status of CHM research and development as well as drug discovery in China [24]. In China, 3,563 extracts, 64,715 compositions, 5,000 single compounds, and 130 kinds of CHM-related chemical drugs have been developed [22]. From the marketing perspective, currently, four models of application and five types of Chinese herbal products can be adopted in the international arena. The same approach may also be applied to other herbal medicines (Figure 4).


Historical perspective of traditional indigenous medical practices: the current renaissance and conservation of herbal resources.

Pan SY, Litscher G, Gao SH, Zhou SF, Yu ZL, Chen HQ, Zhang SF, Tang MK, Sun JN, Ko KM - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med (2014)

Styles of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) in the global market (see also [62] of quasi-chemical model and [63–65] of full-chemical model).
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig4: Styles of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) in the global market (see also [62] of quasi-chemical model and [63–65] of full-chemical model).
Mentions: More importantly, in recent decades, China has put a great deal of human efforts and financial resources to promote research and development in the area of CHM in a systematic manner, and this enormous effort is unmatched by other traditional medicines around the world. In this context, we have published reviews on the status of CHM research and development as well as drug discovery in China [24]. In China, 3,563 extracts, 64,715 compositions, 5,000 single compounds, and 130 kinds of CHM-related chemical drugs have been developed [22]. From the marketing perspective, currently, four models of application and five types of Chinese herbal products can be adopted in the international arena. The same approach may also be applied to other herbal medicines (Figure 4).

Bottom Line: Since the dawn of mankind, in fact, the use of herbs/plants has offered an effective medicine for the treatment of illnesses.This paper aims to provide a review of the history and status quo of Chinese, Indian, and Arabic herbal medicines in terms of their significant contribution to the health promotion in present-day over-populated and aging societies.Attention will be focused on the depletion of plant resources on earth in meeting the increasing demand for herbs.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100102, China.

ABSTRACT
In recent years, increasing numbers of people have been choosing herbal medicines or products to improve their health conditions, either alone or in combination with others. Herbs are staging a comeback and herbal "renaissance" occurs all over the world. According to the World Health Organization, 75% of the world's populations are using herbs for basic healthcare needs. Since the dawn of mankind, in fact, the use of herbs/plants has offered an effective medicine for the treatment of illnesses. Moreover, many conventional/pharmaceutical drugs are derived directly from both nature and traditional remedies distributed around the world. Up to now, the practice of herbal medicine entails the use of more than 53,000 species, and a number of these are facing the threat of extinction due to overexploitation. This paper aims to provide a review of the history and status quo of Chinese, Indian, and Arabic herbal medicines in terms of their significant contribution to the health promotion in present-day over-populated and aging societies. Attention will be focused on the depletion of plant resources on earth in meeting the increasing demand for herbs.

No MeSH data available.


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