European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association

Scoping the Evidence for the Effectiveness of Herbal Medicine in UK

A selective review on behalf of the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA), January 2014. Mc Clure, L. (PhD), Flower, A. (PhD), Price, S. (PhD)

A summary: Heike Brunner/ PR- ANME e.V.

A recent systematic review of research into the use of complementary medicine estimated that in the first decade of this century more than a third of UK citizens used herbal medication. Herbal medicines are frequently used in the treatment of long-term conditions which are inadequately managed by conventional biomedicine. In this respect herbal medicine will advance to be one of the main factors in the health sector for the treatment of the expanding chronic diseases as a single or complementary therapy.

The history of the traditional use of herbal medicine is stretching back hundreds and in some cases thousands of years. Whereas current biochemical medicine is relatively recent and was established and revolutionized through the testing methods of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM). Here, single active substance are under examination for their effectiveness and safety.