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A Guide to the European Market for Medicinal Plants and Extracts

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Despite the growth in the consumption of plantbased medicines and health foods around the world, the Commonwealth’s share of the trade in medicinal herbs and extracts is still small. This handbook is designed to help businessmen and women understand the working of the international market in medicinal herbs and extracts, to give them a better chance of tapping into this growing market. It contains information on markets and market trends, competition, regulatory issues including quality issues, production within the EU, processing methods, product profiles and useful contacts including websites.

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Processing of Medicinal Plants

There are many different methods of processing medicinal plants for therapeutic uses. Some are extremely basic, simply involving the crushing of the fresh whole plant or parts of the plant and using it directly as a medicine. Others are extremely complex, involving solvent extraction, purification and drying using highly sophisticated equipment.

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