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Medicines 2015, 2(4), 328-330; doi:10.3390/medicines2040328

Editorial for Special Issue on Herbal Medicines and Natural Products

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612, USA
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Academic Editor: Gerhard Litscher
Received: 6 November 2015 / Accepted: 11 November 2015 / Published: 16 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Herbal Medicines and Natural Products)
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Abstract

Herbal medicines and natural products have been the most productive source of drug development and there is a large line of evidence on the applications of herbal medicines and natural products for the management of body function and the treatment of aliments. The multiple bioactive components in herbal medicines and natural products can explain the multiple targets effect in their medical applications. The increasing usage of state-of-art computational, molecular biological, and analytical chemistry techniques will promote the exploration of the pharmacological effect of previously inaccessible sources of herbal medicines and natural products. Notably, with the increasing reports on the safety issues regarding the medical use of herbal medicines and natural products, the awareness of pharmacovigilance in herbal medicines and natural products needs to be strengthened. To prevent the adverse drug reactions related to herbal medicines and natural products, physicians need to be aware of potential risks and alert patients in the use of herbal medicines and natural products. View Full-Text
Keywords: herbal medicines; natural products; drug development; pharmacovigilance herbal medicines; natural products; drug development; pharmacovigilance
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Zhou, Z.-W.; Zhou, S.-F. Editorial for Special Issue on Herbal Medicines and Natural Products. Medicines 2015, 2, 328-330.

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