Six innovation centers to promote medicinal plants

TEHRAN – The Vice Presidency for Science and Technology has established six innovation centers to develop the supply chain of medicinal plants in the country.

Innovation centers have been established in the cities of Tehran, Kermanshah, Ardebil, Hamedan, Yasouj and Gonabad, with the aim of paving the way for industries to have easier access to ideas and products in the field of medicinal plants, IRNA reported on Sunday.

Fifteen other requests [for creating innovation centers] are also awaiting approval, the report adds.

The vice presidency for science and technology has taken technological steps to make this ancient industry flourish in the country. Among these measures, we can cite the development of a promotional package to develop the production and use of these products.

“Use the capacity of national media and support national and international exhibitions and festivals in the field of medicinal plants” and “Use the capacity of education to promote the importance of medicinal plants in primary to secondary education” are among other actions.

In addition, “the promotion of culture and the reform of society’s attitude towards traditional medicine and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle” and “the establishment of a database of available traditional medicines and “establishing a system for registering traditional and herbal medicines and providing pharmaceutical information” were also implemented.

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.

Iran ranked fourth for publishing articles in the field of traditional medicine and herbal medicine in the world, ISNA quoted Nafiseh Hosseini, a health ministry official, as saying.

Iran also gained the fifth place for the production of knowledge of traditional medicine and medicinal plants in the world in 2020, but this year the country improved and ranked fourth after India, China and the United States, Hosseini added.

Progress has been made over the past 10 years, she noted.

The vice presidency for science and technology has so far registered 120 national standards for herbal medicines and traditional medicine to support the industry.

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. In other words, 83,000 tons of medicinal plants worth 1.2 trillion rials (about $4.5 million) are consumed in the country, while in Europe this amount is 900 grams. and in the United States 2.5 kilograms.


Alvin J. Chase