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Herbal product design and development

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Background

  • Herbal product design refers to the process of developing, standardizing, processing, and validating an herbal product for the market. This monograph covers pre-formulated or pre-packaged herbal products, which are marketed for sale. This monograph does not cover herbs, which are prepared at home or by an individual practitioner without widespread distribution (herbs that are not formulated, packaged, and marketed for sale).
  • An herb (also called a botanical) is a plant or plant part used for its scent, flavor, and/or therapeutic properties. Herbal medicine products are dietary supplements that individuals consume for purposes such as improvement of health, improvement of physical appearance, weight loss, or enhancement of well-being. Many herbs have been used historically for various purported health benefits. For instance, tea tree oil is thought to have broad antifungal and antibacterial properties.
  • Herbal products are sold in formulations such as tablets, capsules, powders, teas, extracts, tinctures, and as fresh or dried whole plants. It is often difficult to determine the quality or efficacy of a dietary supplement product from its label. The degree of quality control depends on the manufacturer, the supplier, and other parties involved in the production process.
  • Consumers may need to exercise caution when considering which herbal products to purchase, as many herbs on the market are not proven to be effective, and may cause health problems or interact with other herbal products or pharmaceutical drugs.
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Herbal Product Regulations and Formulation Processes

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Theory/Evidence

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Safety

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Author Information

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References

Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to www.naturalstandard.com. Selected references are listed below.

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The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.