Asia has been known as one of the major hubs of traditional knowledge on herbal medicine. Several researches have proven the efficacy of plants as drugs as formulation or source of natural products. Despite this, only a number of plants that have been studied were documented resulting in duplication of research efforts.
A two-day workshop is being proposed to discuss strategies to document and disseminate information on scientifically-proven and potentially useful plants as medicinal products. It will involve discussion on how to collect data from published sources and records from previous researches to create an easy-access information system on scientifically-proven herbal products.
Expected outputs of this workshop include an action plan on how to improve reporting of scientifically-proven herbal products in Asia Pacific and the development of a digital library on herbal medicine. Having a consolidated database will be useful for pharmaceutical companies in their drug development efforts.