CONTEMPORARY SIGNIFICANCE OF PHYTOTHERAPEUTIC PREPARATIONS

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Ali Imran Mallhi
Dr. Faisal Shafique Butt
Dr Haseeb Umar
Bratati Sikdar
Dr Zareen Naz
Md.Rakib Rased Rana

Keywords

Natural substances, Phytomedicines, Herbal products, Food supplements, Traditional Herbal Medicine

Abstract

Objective: This research paper aims to elucidate the historical evolution, contemporary significance, and regulatory frameworks governing phytotherapeutic preparations, emphasizing their importance in modern healthcare paradigms.


Background: Phytotherapeutic preparations have been utilized in medical practices for centuries, with herbal medicine deeply rooted in traditional treatment modalities across cultures. Despite historical peaks during the 16th to 18th centuries, herbal medicine continues to demonstrate enduring relevance, bolstered by growing recognition of its therapeutic potential.


Scope: This study paper delineates the multifaceted landscape of natural substances, focusing on phytotherapeutics, herbal products, and food supplements. It explores the diverse applications of plants, encompassing primary elements in natural medicine, complementary and alternative therapies, and nutritional supplements.


Regulatory Landscape: The regulatory landscape governing herbal medicines has evolved to ensure consumer safety. The European Parliament Directive 2004/24/EC introduced a distinct category of "traditional herbal medicines," delineating specific criteria for their classification. This Directive distinguishes herbal products from those governed by food legislation, as outlined in Directive 2002/46/EC pertaining to food supplements.


Significance: Understanding the historical evolution, contemporary significance, and regulatory frameworks of phytotherapeutic preparations is crucial for stakeholders, including researchers, healthcare professionals, policymakers, and consumers. It facilitates informed decision-making and promotes the safe and effective integration of herbal medicines into modern healthcare practices.


  

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