A USEFUL REFERENCE BOOK
Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Herbal Medicines , Paperback, 6" x 9.5".
World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific, Manila, Publication Date 1998, 79 pages, ISBN 92-9061-124-3: Price: Sw.fr. 7.50 (US $ 6.70) for developing countries Sw. fr. 5.20
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The World Health Organisation Regional Office for the Western Pacific, based in Manila has produced several books on medicinal plants of the region. These are reviewed on the next page of this journal.
This book is a book of guidelines for the appropriate use of Herbal Medicines.
Some definitions from Chapter 3 of this book:
Herbal medicine has been around for thousands of years and the majority of the world's population in developing countries still relies on herbal medicines. In recent times herbal medicines have attained popularity in the western world as well. Some like Gingko biloba and Aloe vera are now household names in the West.
Herbal medicines, however, are not necessarily safe simply because they are natural. Serious side effects such as carcinogenicity and hepatotoxicity are well known. There is therefore a need for quality control, standardisation and monitoring of interactions. This booklet lays down the guidelines for the appropriate use of herbal medicine.
As the title implies this is not an encyclopaedic volume on herbal medicine but instead is a slim and concise booklet of guidelines.
Following the introductory chapter, chapter 2 lays down the Goals and Objectives of the Guidelines.
The goals are to promote appropriate use of herbal medicines and to encourage their integration into mainstream health services.
Chapter 3 is on definitions. The other chapters are National Policy Development, Development of a National Programme on Herbal Medicines, Regulation of the Manufacture and Distribution of Medicinal Herbal Products, Regulation of Herbal Medicines and finally, Use of the Guidelines.
This part of the booklet takes less than half the pages of the volume. Various appendices (see below) take up the rest.
The guidelines are not meant to be hard and fast rules and merely offers guidance, which may be adopted and modified by the member countries. All aspects of herbal medicines are looked at including the labelling requirements, for example, the inclusion of an expiry date and a batch number.
Annex 1 of the booklet reports on the meeting of the Working Group on Herbal Medicines, which was held in Manila in 1997.
This is followed by country reports from the member countries. These are Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Republic of Korea, People's Democratic Republic of Lao, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.
Annex 2 lists contact details of the advisors from the different member countries. Annexes 3,4 and 5 report on the proceedings of the 1997 meeting.
Finally, there is a list of references.
This booklet of guidelines on Herbal Medicine should form a useful companion to the other WHO books on herbal plants from this region.
Dr Gyan C. A. Fernando is a native of Sri Lanka and is familiar with plants used in Ayurvedic remedies. He now works as a Forensic Pathologist in Devon, England.
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