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Herbal Drugs: To Take It or Not to Take It

  • Gandreddi V. D. Sirisha
  • Kappala Vijaya Rachel
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Abstract

Herbal drugs are the outcome of indigenous medical practices, therapeutic experiences and civilizations accumulated over the years. They are of great demand both in developed and developing countries due to their accessibility, traditional knowledge, safety, efficacy and lesser side effects. They also address age-related disorders like osteoporosis, immune disorders, memory loss, etc. for which there is no modern medicine. Herbal drugs have a noticeable share in the economy of most of the countries. Systematic evaluation, GACP (good agricultural and collection practices), GMP (good manufacturing practices) and quality assurance by regulatory authorities ensure better usage of herbal drugs. In 1991, WHO developed guidelines for assessment of herbal medicine.

Keywords

Herbal drugs Traditional knowledge Safety Evaluation Quality assurance 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gandreddi V. D. Sirisha
    • 1
  • Kappala Vijaya Rachel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Bioinformatics, Institute of ScienceGITAM UniversityVisakhapatnamIndia

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