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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

School of Chinese Medicine

Title

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

Language

English

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. © 2014 Si-Yuan Pan et al.

Publication Date

2014

Source Publication Title

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Volume

2014

Start Page

1

End Page

20

Publisher

Hindawi Publishing Corporation

ISSN (print)

1741427X

ISSN (electronic)

17414288

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