Traditional herbal remedies are intended for oral use, external use or inhalation. Alcoholic extract of mixed herbs can be indicated at the same time for oral use, massage of painful places and in case of specific allergic reactions on the skin. The shelves of pharmacies and pharmaceutical stores are filled with products that individually have a huge amount of information. Internet search engines offer a selection of useful and more useful herbal remedies. The pharmacist can also clearly define whether the product is a traditional herbal medicine (preparation).
Many herbal products are used in a wide range of traditions, which does not make them safe and effective enough to obtain the “Medicines” declaration. We find a lot of preparations on the market, although most of them do not have clearly defined doses and indications. Therefore, they cannot be registered “as a medicine”. Pharmacists officially consider a preparation to be a traditional herbal product if it is based on scientific principles and is the result of tradition or other traditional therapeutic approaches. Some teas and phytopreparations are not traditional herbal products but dietary supplements.
Clearly defined indication area, product composition and period of traditional use
Traditional herbal medicine has a clearly defined indication area. They are intended for treatment without medical intervention. It is most often used in mild diseases of the digestive tract, symptoms of respiratory diseases and skin diseases. Depending on the validity of the available data, some traditional preparations can be used as an adjunct therapy in the treatment of diseases of the nervous system or internal organs. Such a product should have a clearly defined and controlled composition in terms of specific constituent extracts. It is intended for use in accordance with the prescribed strength and dosage. The ingredients should satisfy the period of traditional use. That they have been in traditional use for at least 30 years, of which at least 15 years on the European Union market.
The effect of this product needs to be proven
It must be clearly demonstrated that the product is not harmful under the prescribed conditions of use. That pharmacological effects or efficacy of the product can be expected based on long-term use and experience.
Example 1: Dry extract of sycamore fruit is traditionally used as a hepato-protective. Its use in the treatment of liver disease is clearly indicated.
Example 2: Liquid extracts of white wormwood herb, chamomile flowers, angelica root, and licorice root have been used for centuries to relieve symptoms of indigestion, bloating, bloating, mild cramps. A clearly defined combination of these plants clearly satisfies the requirements of a traditional preparation.
Example 3: Extracts of burdock root, thyme herb or male buckthorn leaf are traditionally used to relieve cough symptoms. They can be enriched with a vitamin complex, which further complements the effectiveness of the preparation.
An herbal medicine that contains vitamins and minerals in its composition (whose therapeutic safety is well documented) can be considered a traditional herbal medicine, when the action of vitamins and minerals is auxiliary in relation to the action of the active ingredients of the plant.