Two engaging medicinal plant lectures including discussion around the control and registration of herbal medicines as well as examples of how plants are used in medicine differently in the eastern and western worlds.
The control and registration of herbal medicines
Ms Sue Harris from The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory (MHRA)
Herbal medicines are widely used in the United Kingdon, including by individuals who are also taking conventional medicines for a range of conditions. Such herbal medicinal products, like all other medicines can have pharmacological effects on the body and so can give rise to adverse effectss, or interactions with other conventional medicines that the patient may be taking. Under current legislation as set out in Regulation 3 of Human Medicines Regulations 2012 an unqualified practitioner can prescribe an unlicensed herbal medicinal product to the public.
Plants and medicine, examples from East and West
Professor Peter Hylands, head of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at King's College London
Although many plants have been used for medicinal purposes over the years, relatively few plant based medicines remain in the British Pharmacopoeia. This talk gives examples of such medicines that do remain in use and considers where advances are made in the future.