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Authors: Matteo Politi, Giorgia Tresca, Marco Soffiato, Richer Garay Montes, Fernando Mendive
Published in the Journal of Medicinal Herbs and Ethnomedicine, Vol 5, 2019.
Research on traditional processing methods used to transform plants into medicines offers a valuable arena to investigate the correct formulation of herbal products. While scientific literature on traditional herbal medicines emphasizes the relevance of the taxonomical identification of the used species, the same rigor is not applied to recording the processing methods. In other words, attention is given to the ingredients, but not the recipes. This can not only jeopardize the quality of research on traditional herbal medicines, but also generate concerns once such medicines reach the global markets in compliance with modern manufacturing requirements, which are usually well far away from the traditional ones.
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