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Herbal Medicine: Clinical Perspective & Regulatory Status


Md Abul Barkat*, Anjali Goyal, Harshita Abul Barkat, Mohammad Salauddin, Faheem Hyder Pottoo and Esra T. Anwer   Pages 1 - 10 ( 10 )


Herbal medicines pays an important in treating the vaious diseases mainly due to the their potentially high therapeutic values and also due to the better acceptance of vaioruspatient under different health complications. The herbal medicine practice involves use of part of plant, entire plant or the selectctive isolated phytomedicineand the use and practices based on these has its pros and cons and has been greatly affected during the dawn. The search of new drugs during scientific era revives the interest in discovery of herbal drugs from different natural resources during 20th century. The present modern healthcare system invovlves utilization drugs and 50% of them are of ofnaural origin. Herbal drug disocovery found to be highly costly affair with low success rate and it hinders the further progress in utilizting the phytomedicine in treating the various deseases. But in recent years there is an increase in the search interest of herbal drugs mainly by the pharmaceutical industry and those invoves in the search of novel drugs from the herbs. Discovery of such new novel phytomedicines has to overcomes various challenges in indentification of active extracts and their toxicity, advereffects, herb drug interaction and importantly their regulatory requirments. The present review mainly focused on the history of herbal medicine, current clinical perspective, pharmaceutical, and regulatory challenges as well as its clinical presentation. Moreover, problems encountered in drug discovery from herbal resources and its possible solutions are delineated.


Phytomedicine, herbal medicine, phytotherapeutics, pharmaceutical industry, regulatory challenges, toxicity


Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy, University of Hafr Al Batin, Al Jamiah, Hafr Al Batin 39524,, Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Medical & Allied Sciences, K.R. Mangalam University, Gurgaon, Haryana,, Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy, University of Hafr Al Batin, Al Jamiah, Hafr Al Batin 39524,, Department of Animal House, Institute for Research and Medical Consultations, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam- 31441,, Department of Pharmacology, College of Clinical Pharmacy, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University P.O.BOX 1982, Dammam 31441,, Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy, Tishk International University, Erbil, KRG

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