Venezuela welcomes cooperation with Iran on medicinal plants

TEHRAN – Alberto Quintero, director of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), during a meeting with representatives of Iranian knowledge-based companies in the field of medicinal plants, stressed the need to cooperate with the Iran.

The meeting was held Thursday in Tehran on the sidelines of the 6th National Festival and Exhibition of Iranian Medicinal Plants, Natural Products and Traditional Medicine.

A delegation of Venezuelans participated in the event to expand technological interactions between the two countries, in the presence of Carolina Eser, Vice President of Science and Technology of Venezuela.

Being located in a specific geographical area and connecting the south of the country to the northern part of the Amazon, Venezuela has many different plant species, Quintero said, adding that it is therefore possible to carry out a lot of scientific research in the field of medicinal plants in Venezuela.

Iranian traditional medicine has a strong focus on prioritizing health maintenance and disease prevention over treatment.But we haven’t done the right work in this area. Therefore, under these climatic conditions, there is a good opportunity for Iranian businesses, he suggested.

At the end of this meeting, Iranian knowledge-based enterprises had cooperation negotiations with Venezuela, and technological interactions and discussions took place between Iranian enterprises and the Venezuelan side. The presence of the Venezuelan delegation at this period of the exhibition was on behalf of their government.

The 6th National Festival and Exhibition of Iranian Medicinal Plants, Natural Products and Traditional Medicine was held from November 1 to 4, with the presence of 240 companies.

Trade delegations from Russia, Serbia, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Venezuela, Oman, India and Gambia are present at the exhibition.

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.

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.

Some 2,300 species of medicinal plants have been identified in the country, accounting for one-third of the medicines used in human societies, the share of global trade in these products is around $124 billion, and Iran’s share 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.

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Alvin J. Chase