Herbal medicine is one of the important resources which can be
mobilized for the attainment of WHO's goal of health for all by the year
2000. It has contributed significantly to man's struggle against
disease and has been an important component of health care systems for
thousands of years.
China has a long history of herbal
medicine and has developed a unique system for using it. It is
noteworthy that the use of many plants has withstood the test of time
and the safety and efficacy of some of them have been established by
means of modern tests in a scientific framework.