European Herb Directive Keeps Consumers in the Dark

Europeans will soon be denied the right to use the majority of herbal remedies currently available in health food stores and on the Internet.  The reason is a new European law, the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD), which will be fully implemented on May 1, 2011.

The law will ban any herbal product not registered by May 1.  So far, only 34 plant species have been registered out of a total of more than 1000 that are commonly used as medicinal herbs.

The Alliance for Natural Health Europe reports:

“Non-European herbal products will be hardest hit: so far, not a single herbal remedy used in the two biggest traditions, Ayurveda (from India) and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), has been approved.  Nutritional supplements that include any non-approved medicinal herbs will also be banned.”