1 Selecting Medicinal Plants for Development of Phytomedicine and Use in Primary Health Care

  title={1 Selecting Medicinal Plants for Development of Phytomedicine and Use in Primary Health Care},
  author={Wagner Luiz Ramos Barbosa and Fernando Luiz Costa Maia},
The world market for herbal medicines is around US$ 40 billion, whereas in Brazil it is estimated to be around US$ 1 billion. Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that more than a half of the world population makes use of some type of medicinal herb searching for relief for painful or unpleasant symptoms. From that total at least 30% are provided by medical prescription (WHO, 1978). 

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