Herbal and Traditional Medicine: Molecular Aspects of Health by Lester Packer, Choon Nam Ong, Barry Halliwell

By Lester Packer, Choon Nam Ong, Barry Halliwell

Responding to the elevated approval for natural medications and other kinds of complementary or substitute medication in international locations around the globe, this reference studies and evaluates a variety of protection, toxicity, and quality-control matters regarding using conventional and natural items for future health upkeep and sickness prevention and therapy. With over 3,550 present references, the e-book highlights the function of natural drugs in nationwide wellbeing and fitness care whereas delivering case reviews of regular natural treatments and their results on human well-being and wellbeing and the necessity for the layout and function of methodologically sound scientific trials for the plethora of natural medications.

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In this chapter, the COHRED framework has been used, encompassing, as it does, equity, ethics, governance, financing, knowledge production, knowledge management and utilization, capacity development, and the research environment. All of these areas require attention to ensure that public demand for access to safe and familiar complementary and traditional health services and products is met within the context of national goals for health sector development. A vital requirement in ensuring that policies become reality is an adequate level of sectoral investment.

The core of EBM is the randomized controlled clinical trial (RCT), and EBM methodology is centered around determining therapeutic effects of specific treatments via meta-analyses of clusters of RCTs. RCTs, the unit from which the meta-analyses of EBM are built, have also been challenged as being limited in both principle and procedure (Black, 1996). RCTs are seen by some as an inadequate tool for measuring infrequent adverse outcomes such as infrequent adverse effects of drugs. They are also, owing to limitations in study size, unable to evaluate interventions designed to prevent rare events, such as accident prevention schemes.

A case in point is the development of new standards of safety and quality for herbal medicines produced in India. New regulations were introduced in India in July 2000 to improve the standard and quality of Indian herbal medicines. Regulations will establish standard manufacturing practices and quality control. The new regulations outline requirements for infrastructure, manpower, quality control, and raw material authenticity and absence of contamination. Of the 9000 licensed manufacturers of traditional medicines, those who qualify can immediately seek GMP certification.

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