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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 480128, 13 pages
Review Article

Overview of Botanical Status in EU, USA, and Thailand

1Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Mahidol University, Sri Ayutthaya Road, Rajthevi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
2Clinical Pharmacognosy Laboratory, College of Pharmacy, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA

Received 9 May 2013; Revised 19 July 2013; Accepted 26 July 2013

Academic Editor: Ludger Beerhues

Copyright © 2013 Weena Jiratchariyakul and Gail B. Mahady. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The botanical status in EU, USA, and Thailand is different owing to the regulatory status, the progress of science, and the influence of culture and society. In the EU, botanicals are positioned as herbal medicinal products and food supplements, in the US they are regulated as dietary supplements but often used as traditional medicines, and in Thailand, they are regulated and used as traditional medicines. Information for some of the most popular botanicals from each country is included in this review.