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.



Organic and Non-Organic Medicinal Plants

The growth in both the production and consumption of organically grown medicinal plants has been very significant in the last five years, particularly in the field of herbal teas and extracts prepared from fresh plants. Nevertheless, this market segment is still small and experts point out that simply using organic ingredients does not necessarily make a product safer or more efficacious.


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