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Quality Control for Medicinal Plants

Thomas Efferth1* and Henry Johannes Greten2
1Department of Pharmaceutical Biology, Institute of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
2Heidelberg School of traditional Chinese Medicine, Heidelberg, Germany and Biomedical Sciences Institute Abel Salazar, University of Porto, Portugal
Corresponding Author : Thomas Efferth
Department of Pharmaceutical Biology
Institute of Pharmacy and Biochemistry
Johannes Gutenberg University
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Received October 08, 2011; Accepted October 10, 2012; Published October 17, 2012
Citation: Efferth T, Greten HJ (2012) Quality Control for Medicinal Plants. Med Aromat Plants 1:e131. doi:10.4172/2167-0412.1000e131
Copyright: © 2012 Efferth T, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

The scientific basis of evidence-based medicine is still poor in herbal medicine. For the integration of herbal medicine into western medicine, internationally accepted standards are necessitated, including quality control of herbal products as well as preclinical and clinical evidence of safety and efficacy. In recent years, thriving innovative technologies emerged in phytotherapy research, e.g. DNA-based technologies for the authentication of plant species, good practice guidelines for standardized experimentations. High-quality herbal materials should undergo rigorous examination by analytical techniques for chemoprofiling of medicinal herbs, as well as toxicological methods to detect contaminations. The state of the art, which is necessary for the pharmaceutical use of medicinal herbs, is documented in monographs of national and international pharmacopeias. The thriving advances in molecular biology also affect phytotherapy research, which benefits from novel technologies of systems biology. Detection of bioactivity in animal experiments is a precondition to perform clinical trials in human patients. A sound basis of evidence for the safety and efficacy of herbal medicines will foster their integration into western medicine.

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