The herbal medicine industry will be introduced to the global market

TEHRAN- The technological capabilities of the herbal medicine industry will be introduced to the world market by holding the sixth National Festival and Exhibition of Herbal Medicine and Traditional Medicine.

Scheduled for November 1-4, the expo will host 500 creative and knowledge-based enterprises that have produced and marketed their products in the field of herbal medicine and traditional medicine.

The event focuses on the objectives such as “developing the ecosystem of innovation in the field of medicinal plants”, “presenting the latest achievements and products based on the knowledge of medicinal plants”, “promoting the use of medicinal plants and traditional medicine” and “promote other countries with national technological capacities and exporting products”.

Iranian traditional medicine

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.

Iran ranks fourth in the world in the production of science in the field of traditional medicine.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.

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 million) are consumed in the country, while in Europe this amount is 900 grams, and in the United States is 2.5 kilograms.

National documents

A national document has been drawn up to define perspectives, macro policies and technological development strategies in the field of medicinal plants.

The Vice Presidency for Science and Technology is responsible for policy development, coordination, monitoring, preparation and formulation of operational plans, direction and monitoring of interactions between the public and private, and the provision of material and spiritual support for science, information and the soon.

The document aims to achieve “20% of the country’s medicine market value through medicinal plants and natural products”, “20% of the country’s veterinary medicine market value” and “to increase the export of medicinal plants and herbal products among the top 10 countries in the world”, “3% share of scientific production in the field of medicinal plants”.

By combining the above plans, a comprehensive roadmap for the implementation of the document, which includes 360 separate operational plans, has been prepared and compiled.

In Iran, the area cultivated with medicinal plants has reached more than 250,000 hectares.

Other measures in this area include increasing the number of knowledge-based and creative enterprises to 700, increasing health centers to 60, and producing over 5,000 herbal products.


Alvin J. Chase