International Journal of
Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Biodivers. Conserv.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-243X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJBC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 678


Standardization of herbal medicines - A review

Kunle, Oluyemisi Folashade1*, Egharevba, Henry Omoregie1 and Ahmadu, Peter Ochogu2
  1Department of Medicinal Plant Research and Traditional Medicine, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), Idu Industrial Layout Idu, PMB 21 Garki, Abuja, Nigeria. 2Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin, China.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 12 January 2012
  •  Published: 31 March 2012



There is increasing awareness and general acceptability of the use of herbal drugs in today’s medical practice. Although, most of these applications are unorthodox, it is however a known fact that over 80% of the world population depends on herbal medicines and product for healthy living. This rise in the use of herbal product has also given rise to various forms of abuse and adulteration of the products leading to consumers’ and manufacturers’ disappointment and in some instances fatal consequences. The challenge is innumerable and enormous, making the global herbal market unsafe. This review seeks to enlighten stakeholders in herbal medicine on the need to establish quality parameters for collection, handling, processing and production of herbal medicine as well as employ such parameters in ensuring the safety of the global herbal market. The processes of good quality assurance and standardization of herbal medicines and products were also discussed.


Key words: Herbal medicine, standardization, quality control.