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Inhabitants of Altai taught responsible harvesting of medicinal herbs

WWF and charitable project “World around you” summed up the results of the programme for the sustainable harvesting of medicinal herbs in the Altai. One important outcome was the creation of a network of responsible suppliers.

The healing properties of herbs Altai is known far beyond the borders of the region: today the Altai teas, cosmetics enriched with herbs and various balms can be found not only on the shelves of Altai, but also in shops of most Russian cities.

High demand is known, creates and offer: thousands of local people involved in the process of harvesting medicinal herbs. For many, this work is the main source of income. However, few people know about the consequences of uncontrolled harvesting of plants: irresponsible collectors mercilessly destroy many rare species.

WWF and charitable project “World around you” the Corporation “Siberian health” was launched in the Altai program on responsible harvesting of medicinal plants by the locals. The main goal of the project was to teach the population the correct harvesting herbs: what types, in what terms, in what ways and in what quantity can be procured, as well as their properly dried and processed.

“A positive outcome from these programs is huge, — says project coordinator of the Altai-Sayan division of WWF Elena Repetunova. — With the right approach and careful attitude to plants, such procurement can become a significant legal and quite sustainable source of income for the local population, and most importantly, this alternative method will not harm the unique ecosystems of the Mountain Altai”. Continue reading

Herbs and medicinal plants

Plants containing pharmacologically active substances and which have different therapeutic effects on the body, are called medicinal plants. In the world there are about 500 thousand species of herbs and plants, but only about 5% of them have more or less investigated for pharmacological activity and are medicinal plants.

Our country has enormous wealth and diversity of plant species. Only higher plants contains more than 21 thousand Of them each year for medical purposes is grown and harvested slightly more than 200 species of medicinal herbs and plants.

There is a vast reserve of still unexplored new drug rastenii, herbs and drugs from them. In recognition of new therapeutic agents is often of great importance has rich experience of traditional medicine.

Chemical compounds isolated from medicinal plants often serve as a model for industrial synthesis of similar or even more effective drugs. Basically the same medicinal herbs and plants – all levels of responsibility of the source medicinal plants for isolation of active ingredients and intermediates for the synthesis of such effective remedies, corticosteroids, sex hormones, etc.

Currently, more than 30% of medicines medicinecabinet prepares from medicinal vegetative raw material, obtained from medicinal herbs and plants. On the basis of medicinal plants produced about 80% of drugs used in cardiovascular diseases and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. However, the demand for medicinal plant raw materials of many species are not yet fully satisfied.

The study of medicinal plants has been addressed by many research institutions in the country, including the all-Russian research Institute of medicinal plants (VILAR), pharmaceutical and medical institutes etc. Continue reading

The right to engage in national medicine (healing).

reiiikiThe national medicine is healing methods, prevention, diagnosis and treatment, based on the experience of generations of people, entrenched in national traditions and not registered in the manner prescribed by the legislation of the Russian Federation.

The right on occupation by traditional medicine have citizens of the Russian Federation, received the diploma of a healer, issued by the ministries of health of republics of the Russian Federation, bodies of health administration of the Autonomous region, Autonomous regions, edges, areas, cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The decision to grant the diploma of the healer is made on the basis of an application of a citizen and representation of professional medical Association or a statement of a citizen and a joint submission by professional medical associations and institutions having the license for a specific activity. The diploma of the healer grants the right to engage in folk medicine in the territory under the jurisdiction of the health authority that issued the diploma.

The person who received the diploma of the healer, are engaged in national medicine in the manner prescribed by the local administration in accordance with article 56 these principles.

Use methods of traditional medicine in health care institutions of state or municipal system zdravoohraneniya the decision of the heads of these institutions in accordance with article 43 of these principles.

The sessions of the healer is made by the decision of the health authority issuing the diploma of the healer, and can be appealed in court. Continue reading