120 registered national standards for medicinal plants

TEHRAN — The Vice Presidency for Science and Technology has so far registered 120 national standards for herbal medicines and traditional medicine.

One of the necessities of improving product quality in any industry is to obtain special licenses. The field of medicinal plants and traditional medicine is no exception and, considering the issue of individual and community health, licensing should be applied more strictly.

In the national document of medicinal plants and traditional medicine, particular emphasis has been placed on the organization of processes and structures for the monitoring and evaluation of all actors and activities in this field.

For this reason, the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology, in cooperation with relevant organizations, has taken effective measures to simplify and amend relevant laws and regulations.

So far, 120 national standards for herbal medicines and herbal medicines have been registered, leading to the improvement of product quality, IRNA reported on Wednesday.

Approval of instructions for registration of medicinal plants and traditional drugs used in veterinary medicine, simplification and modification of rules for registration of herbal products are among the measures.

At the beginning of September, ten national plans were defined to promote the cultivation of production and consumption of medicinal plants by the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology.

Iranian traditional medicine is one of the oldest forms of traditional medicine. It is based on the concept of the four senses of humor: phlegm (Balgham), blood (Dam), yellow bile (Safra’) and black bile (Sauda’). The concept of the four senses of humor is based on the teachings of Rhazes and Avicenna in an elaborate medical system.

Iranian traditional medicine has a strong focus on prioritizing health maintenance and disease prevention over treatment.

8,000 species of plants grow in Iran

So far, about 30,000 plant species are identified in the world, with Iran’s share of about 8,000 species its plant diversity is higher than the whole of Europe.

Currently, about 2,300 species of medicinal plants have been identified in the country, which accounts for one-third of the medicines used in human societies, the share of global trade in these products is about 124 billion dollars, and the share of l Iran is $570 million, or just 0.5% of the total.

The per capita consumption of medicinal plants in Iran is about one kilogram of dried plants, i.e. 83,000 tons of medicinal plants worth 1,200 billion rials (about 29 million dollars in official rate of 42,000 rials) are consumed in the country, while in Europe this amount is 900 grams, and in the United States is 2.5 kilograms.


Alvin J. Chase