Journal Menu► ▼ Journal Menu
Journal Browser► ▼ Journal Browser
Special Issue "Toxicity of Medicinal Plants and Herbal Supplements"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Toxicology and Public Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021) | Viewed by 18178
Special Issue Editor
Interests: forensic & clinical toxicology; natural products pharmacology & toxicology; dietary supplement quality & safety; pharmacology & toxicology of psychoactive drugs; epidemiology of drug use & abuse
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals
Special Issue Information
The use of medicinal plants as part of traditional medical systems remains a staple of healthcare in many developing and developed countries to this day. Despite the contributions and advances of Western medical practices, both traditional systems of medicine and herbal supplements remain popular and readily accessible to the general public. In many cases, they form the basis of medical practice in regions where Western conventional medicine is not affordable. In its most recent report, the World Health Organization acknowledges a lack of policy and regulatory oversight of complementary and traditional medicines, including herbal medicines. As such, the risk of toxicity associated with the use of medicinal plants and herbal supplements often is unknown based on a lack of safety, quality, and effectiveness.
In addition, the traditional and modern uses of herbal medicines and supplements are often used in conjunction with Western pharmacotherapy, leading to potential drug–herb interactions. Some of these interactions have been studied in vitro, although their clinical relevance often remains unknown.
This Special Issue is focused on the toxicity associated with medicinal plants and herbal supplements, with an emphasis on particular mechanisms and associated compounds, clinical relevance, and potential improvement of quality to resolve specific adverse effects. Clinical investigations are of particular interest, but pre-clinical in vitro and in vivo experiments with direct implications and translational value are also welcome. Analytical research that provides insights into improving the quality of herbal medicines and supplements to establish Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) are of interest if they include descriptions of validated methods. Reviews will be considered upon inquiry by the authors with the Guest Editor.
Prof. Dr. Oliver Grundmann
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- herbal supplements
- medicinal plants
- herb–drug interactions
- toxicity and adverse effects