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S40: Practice of Phytotherapy in Three Continents - Traditions, Patterns of Use, Research Strategies

15:00 - 16:30, Flagler, Terrace Level

Rainer Stange (1,2), Karin Kraft (3), Amie Steel (4), Vijayendra Murthy (4)

(1): Charité University Berlin, Germany

(2): Immanuel Hospital, Germany

(3): University of Rostock, Germany

(4): Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia



The symposium will try to elucidate state of the art of phytomedicine in three continents: Asia, Australia and Europe. History, present day patterns of use amongst physicians and patients, importance in integrative medicine, quality standards and regulative aspects will be featured as well as evidence based outcomes for certain combinations of plants and indications. Thus, it should be possible to grasp an idea of the importance and chances for further development of plant based therapies. Japanese Campo medicine usually favours a traditional combination of several plants, regularly at least three, to constitute a prescription, whereas in Europe, there is a strong tendency to prescribe and evaluate only one plant at a time for a certain indication.  Latest research on Europe with randomized controlled trials (RCT) has been focusing on mood disorders, especially anxiety, ulcerative colitis and improving immune functions. Australian phytomedicine is to a certain degree able to integrate Australian native medicine with Chinese and European influences.