Phytotherapy and quality of herbal medicines

Fitoterapia. 2000 Aug;71 Suppl 1:S58-65. doi: 10.1016/s0367-326x(00)00173-8.


The extensive use of plants as medicines has pointed out that herbal medicines are not as safe as frequently claimed. Therefore, it can be harmful to take herbal medicines without being aware of their potential adverse effects. A comprehensive surveillance system for monitoring the adverse effects of herbal medicines is now essential. Also knowledge of the correlation existing between the marker compounds and other ingredients that occur in plants is a necessary requirement for ensuring the efficacy and quality of the herbal medicines.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting Systems*
  • Herbal Medicine / standards*
  • Humans
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Extracts / adverse effects*
  • Plants, Medicinal / adverse effects*
  • United States


  • Plant Extracts