Experts to test herbal remedies

DOCTORS and academics are hoping a NSW Government-backed university project to scientifically evaluate Chinese herbal remedies will encourage greater efficacy testing of complementary medicines.

The University of Western Sydney (UWS) has received a $75,000 Government grant to work with Australian and Chinese herbal medicine companies. 

A team of experts, led by Professor Alan Bensoussan, director of the UWS Centre for Complementary Medicine Research, will examine the scientific evidence base for therapeutic claims the companies make about their products. 

They will then advise on what further product development is needed before the products could be placed on the market. 

“We want to help them look at the data they hold, look at the evidence they hold, and help them bridge those [regulatory] gaps with the relevant research,” Professor Bensoussan said. 

“It is about getting better evidence;