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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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Plant species in India and Indian herbal medicine (IHM).
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fig6: Plant species in India and Indian herbal medicine (IHM).

Mentions: Of the 700 plant species commonly used in the Indian herbal industry, 90% of them are collected from the wild. About 50% of the tropical forests, the treasure house of plant, and animal diversity have already been destroyed. Many valuable medicinal plants are on the verge of extinction. The Red Data Book of India in 1997 has 427 entries of endangered species of which 28 are considered extinct, 124 endangered, 81 vulnerable, 100 rare, and 34 insufficiently known species [91]. The Red Data Book of India released in 2012 described 3,947 species as “critically endangered”, 5,766 as “endangered”, and more than 10,000 species as “vulnerable” [92] (Figure 6).


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)

Plant species in India and Indian herbal medicine (IHM).
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig6: Plant species in India and Indian herbal medicine (IHM).
Mentions: Of the 700 plant species commonly used in the Indian herbal industry, 90% of them are collected from the wild. About 50% of the tropical forests, the treasure house of plant, and animal diversity have already been destroyed. Many valuable medicinal plants are on the verge of extinction. The Red Data Book of India in 1997 has 427 entries of endangered species of which 28 are considered extinct, 124 endangered, 81 vulnerable, 100 rare, and 34 insufficiently known species [91]. The Red Data Book of India released in 2012 described 3,947 species as “critically endangered”, 5,766 as “endangered”, and more than 10,000 species as “vulnerable” [92] (Figure 6).

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.


Related in: MedlinePlus