EU dinies benefits of natural health care

Alliance for Natural Health International started legal proceedings against the European Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products (THMPD) (EC Directive 2004/24/EC).


The directive poses a major obstacle for the continued use and practice of long-standing traditions of healthcare involving herbal products in Europe, including those of Ayurveda and Unani from the Indian sub-continent and that of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Many such products, including those from Western herbal traditions, have up until now been sold in the EU as botanicals under the food supplement regime. But most Member States are anticipating narrowing the regime when the directive’s 7-year transition phase expires on 31 March 2011. Legally, the directive requires that the same pharmaceutical standards applied to conventional, synthetic drugs are applied to herbal products. This requirement is the main reason for the technical difficulties and very high costs of compliance.

  • Inappropriate EU legislation could effectively steam-roller ancient and effective medicine cultures, such as Ayurveda, out of existence.
  • Certain combinations of herbal products, and those containing significant levels of vitamins and minerals, will be prohibited.
  • The EU’s Human Medicinal Products Directive (HMPD), issued ostensibly to protect consumers from medical disasters such as the thalidomide tragedy, now has a scope so broad that it can be used to classify certain foods, herbs and nutrients – even water – as drugs.  
  • Many herbal products would be evaluated by inappropriate pharmaceutical criteria, rather than by practicing medical herbalists and others with specific expertise in the field of traditional medicines.
  • The cost of complying with these pharma-friendly criteria will be prohibitively expensive for many small to medium size enterprises and there could be serious consequences for small herb-producing farmers and communities in non-EU countries.

India recognises risks to Ayurveda from Europe.

Around 5,000 practitioners, manufacturers, distributors and interested consumers converged on the Palace Grounds in Bengaluru, India in dec 2010.  Progressing the mission of “Ayurveda for All”, the biannual 4th World Ayurveda Congress (4th WAC) hosted an impressive and comprehensive range of keynote and plenary sessions relating to the philosophy of Ayurveda.

Sadly in the West the body/mind/spirit balance is poorly understood by government regulators and allopathy in general.  So too are traditional medicinal cultures that are not purely concerned with the treatment and cure of disease.  The result being a situation such as the one in Europe, where this valuable tradition is being ripped apart into its component parts, legislated by different laws and inappropriately judged against the same pharmaceutical standards used for new-to-nature drugs.  Western medicine and pharmaceuticals have been around for a relative split-second in time compared to ancient traditions such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.


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Natural Health care is denied as a human Right and free choice by the EU commission. 

This directive is overacting to little side effect  that some times exist with natural herbs.It is Cristal clear government "healthcare" choices, are strongly motivated by  the  pharmaceutical lobby in order to maximise their profits.  The numerous problems with side-effects of synthetic medecins are a big issue for lawmakers....  We have arrived at a disease-centred medical system that serves only the coffers of our governments and the pharmaceuticals. Food and health laws that would never pass  National Parliaments are now being imposed by  supranational undemocratic -ill-  legal systems as the EU the WHO and the WTO. This  might  increase prices and number of natural products available on a 'black' market. With the internet everything is  available from all over the world.