Complementary and herbal medicines: from lab to community

Friday 2 October 2015
A3, 3 hours

Organised by the FIP Academic Pharmacy Section, the FIP SIG on Natural Products and the FIP Young Pharmacists’ Group


Different types of traditional medicines (TMs) are found in the world and numerous species of natural products, especially herbs are often used for treatments performed in those TMs.  Herbal medicines are dissimilar to conventional (modernised) medicines in many points and are likely to be integrated with conventional medicines to complement each other.  However, experience-based natural medicines and evidence-based conventional medicines are sometimes difficult to be integrated because of their uniqueness on regulation.  There are worldwide attempts on modernization of TMs and standardisation of natural products used in TMs in order for better understanding and safer use.  Starting with a basic lecture on specificity of natural medicines, this session will provide participants with global information and discussion on TMs.


Learning objectives

Knowledge-based session

At the conclusion of this knowledge-based session, participants will be able to:

1. State standpoints and roles of WHO for establishment of classification of diseases    relevant to traditional medicines.

2. Distinguish characteristics of traditional medicines and conventional medicines.

3. Contrast the current status of traditional medicines in advanced and developing           countries.

4. Define the degree to which complementary and alternative medicines influence pharmacy practice in various parts of the world.

5. Explain importance of integration of traditional medicine with conventional (modern) medicine.

Chairs: Michiho Ito (Kyoto University, Japan) and Vimal Kishore (Xavier University of Louisiana, USA)


14:30 1) Compilation of a new chapter of ICD-11 for traditional medicines performed in China, Japan and Korea

Nenad Kostanjsek (WHO, Switzerland)

15:10 2) Traditional medicines in African countries and their combinatorial use with modern medicine

Sandra van Dyk (North West University, South Africa)

15:50 Break

16:10 3) Complementary and alternative medicines from the Far East and their role in modern medicine

Ibrahim Jantan (Universitiy of Kebangsaan, Malaysia)

16:50 4) Medical plants endogenous to Kurdistan, Iraq, and their uses

Hazhan Mohammed Hama Ali (FIP YPG, Iraq)