Herbal products: active constituents, modes of action and quality control

Nutr Res Rev. 2000 Jun;13(1):47-77. doi: 10.1079/095442200108729007.


An overview is given of the current position of medicinal herbs in general in relation to usage, market and production, types of pharmacological activity and how they differ from conventional drugs. The increasing importance of quality and manufactured products is also discussed. A more detailed consideration of these issues is given in relation to echinacea, valerian and St John's wort as these herbs are well studied, are market leaders and have widespread community usage.