A Comprehensive Medicinal Plants and Iranian Traditional Medicine Information Bank has been established with the support of National Council for Science and Technology Development of Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine, Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology.
“Relevant subjects and materials concerning medicinal plants and traditional medicine have been collected in this bank”, Zahra Heidari Davijani said, in an interview with IRNA’s science reporter, “this bank contains complete and comprehensive materials and subjects such as theses, papers, scientific resources, research centers, herbal medicine, processed medicinal plants as well as old and new scientific resources.”
She pointed out the goals for establishing such a bank as: laying the grounds for collaborations, comprehensive data accessibility for those active in this field and providing suitable information in terms of medicinal plants and Iranian traditional medicine.
Heidari went on to say, “Research centers, agricultural sectors, commercial economy, pharmaceutical companies, treatment center, research programs involving medicinal plants and Iranian traditional medicine, universities and scientific centers active in the field of medicinal plants are all among the different constituents of this data bank.”
She further noted, “So far, 11461 subjects, about 4000 theses, over 1000 published research plans, 3100 papers in Farsi, over 2170 papers in English as well as more than 723 scientific resources have been collected in this information bank.”
“As a valid reliable scientific source, this data bank is able to fulfill the needs of those active in the field of medicinal plants. Its experts endeavor to keep the materials and the subjects updated.” Heidari said.
She added, “Whatever relevant to medicinal plants and traditional medicine, is included in this bank. Issues such as, the agriculture and harvest of a specific medicinal plant product in a certain region of the country.”
Referring to the website which provides the researchers and those active in this field, with the information of this bank, she said, “This site will soon be available in both Farsi and English.”