Iran ready to cooperate with WHO on traditional medicine and medicinal plants

TEHRAN – Iran has announced that it is ready to continue its cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen and expand traditional medicine and herbal medicines internationally, said Arman Zargaran, adviser to the office of traditional medicine from the Ministry of Health.

Zargaran described Iran’s capacities and capacities in the field of traditional medicine and herbal medicine and referred to general health policies and national document on herbal medicine and traditional medicine, existing infrastructure, scientific structures and policies.

He made the remarks at the 13th annual meeting of the International Herbal Medicine Regulatory Cooperation (IRCH), which was held from November 25-27.

He considered Iran as one of the influential countries in the field of traditional medicine and spoke about the latest achievements of scientists in this field.

Stating that Iranian traditional medicine has a very high capacity in treating Covid-19 disease, he announced Iran’s willingness to continue joint cooperation with WHO to develop traditional medicine internationally.

International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines is a global network of regulatory authorities responsible for the regulation of herbal medicines, established in 2006. Its mission is to protect and promote public health and safety through better regulation of medicines herbal.

Representatives from other countries including India, China, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Turkey, Namibia, Australia and Japan also delivered speeches at the meeting.

Medicinal plants in Iran

In October, the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology registered 120 national standards for herbal medicines and traditional medicine to improve product quality.

In 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.

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