Iran exports 700 million dollars of medicinal plants

TEHRAN – The export earnings of medicinal plants are estimated at 700 million dollars, said the head of the vice-presidency for science and technology, Rouhollah Dehghani.

He made the remarks during the 6th National Festival and Exhibition of Iranian Medicinal Plants, Natural Products and Traditional Medicine to be held in Tehran from November 1-4.

Stating that out of 2,500 medicinal plants, 1,800 are endemic to Iran, he pointed out that Iran, with its own history of traditional medicine and a rich ecosystem of medicinal plants, has a huge opportunity to increase its share. national and global market.

The export income of medicinal plants is 700 million dollars. However, it should be increased given the country’s strong potential, he said.

Stating that half of the country’s export earnings is linked to saffron, he underlined that this amount is not significant compared to the turnover of this sector in the world.

According to the document approved by the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution, it is expected that there will be at least 3 billion dollars of capacity in the country in this field, and that it can reach 15 billion dollars by focusing on peripheral technologies, he noted.

He went on to say that in recent years it has shown that people’s approach to complementary medicine to herbal products is increasing dramatically.

In this regard, the greatest support measure for knowledge-based enterprises is market building, in which we can develop domestic and foreign markets, he also suggested.

———- Priority to maintaining health

Iran ranks fourth in the world in the production of science in the field of traditional medicine, and this remarkable achievement will improve in the coming years, said Nafiseh Hosseini Yekta, director of the Persian medicine office of the Ministry of health.

More than 17,000 books have so far been published on traditional Persian medicine, which has been recognized by the World Health Organization, she noted.

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

It 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.

So far, around 30,000 plant species have been identified worldwide, with Iran’s share of around 8,000 species, which is more than all of the species found in Europe.

The per capita consumption of medicinal plants in Iran is about one kilogram of dried plants, in other words, 83,000 tons of medicinal plants worth 1.2 trillion rials (about $4 million) are consumed in the country, while in Europe this amount is 900 grams, and in the United States is 2.5 kilograms.

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Alvin J. Chase