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■ Adulteration: "the addition of an impure or inferior component not ordinarily part of that substance; or removal of a crucial entity; usually used to imply that a substance is debased (desecrated) as a result." [Miller LG, Hume A, Harris IM et al. Adulteration: its various meanings. Pharmacotherapy.2001; 21:770-1]
■ Adulterated herbal medicines: herbal medicines which contain intentionally added undeclared chemical substances which are not linked to presence of naturally occurring substances associated with certain herbs of other ingredientof herbal medicines.
■ Herbal medicines is likely to be neglected in the countries where herbal medicines is not the mainstream treatment.
■ Herbal medicines are considered to have less side effects than western medicines.
■ There are less information regarding the safety and/or adverse effects of herbal medicines.
■ Each member has their own adulterated herbal medicine reports, but not shared by other members.
■ 7th Standing Committee Meeting (26 –27 November 2009)
■ 8th Standing Committee Meeting (28 –29 October 2010) & 9th Standing Committee Meeting (17 –18 November 2011)
■ Proposal for adulterated herbal medicines information in FHH website by NIFDS, Korea (12 Mar 2015)