The Herbal Mystique

Manila Bulletin, July 23, 2010 | Go to article overview

The Herbal Mystique


Today, there is a growing use of herbal products - herbal foods, herbal cosmetics and herbal medicines. For one reason or another, there is now a noticeable shift from the traditional and conventional products especially those made of chemical substances to the herbal or natural products. In short, there is a booming market for herbal products.

The tremendous sales growth of herbal products especially the booming vitamin and nutritional supplement category is phenomenal. Especially that sector of society that is endlessly looking for that "manna from heaven" that supposedly will stop or delay the aging process. No wonder the recent upsurge in the so-called "cosmeceuticals" is the talk of the town. Cosmeceuticals are products that combine cosmetics with vitamins, herbals and sometimes pharmaceuticals. An example is a skin care lotion that combines vitamin E and aloe vera. Or a lipstick that contains both sun block and sulphur neutralizer to control bad breath. Vanity certainly plays a major role in the unstoppable demand for herbal products - and not just cost consideration.

Let me share more information about herbal products:

* Herbal remedies are considered dietary supplements and not drugs, or food. The herbal remedies are therefore not subjected to regulatory scrutiny as drugs and foods before they are marketed - provided that there is no medicinal claim on the label;

* Herbal dietary supplements (capsules and tablets) constitute the biggest growing sector of herbal products in the US;

* Sales of herbal products in the European countries (including but not limited to herbal teas, dietary supplements, cosmetics, culinary herbs, and over-the-counter medicine) are ten times that of the United States;

* A report of the World Health Organization (WHO) says that about 4 billion people (80 percent of the world population) use herbal medicine;

* Do you know that China leads in the production of raw materials for herbal medicine;

* By year 2050, the volume of trading in herbal products is expected to reach US$3 trillion;

* Based on NSO statistical figures, our herbal product exports reached US$44 million in Year 2000 with herbal cosmetics taking the lead;

* The competitive strength of herbal products likes in the belief of consumers (rightly or wrongly) that herbal remedies derived from plant/natural sources are effective and risk-free;

* Our country abounds with plants that can be used in preparing herbal products. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

The Herbal Mystique
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.