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A brief history of herbal quality assessment: From Ancient Rome to 21st century mitochondria

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⚕️A brief history of herbal quality assessment: From Ancient Rome to 21st century mitochondria
Quality control has been an issue for as long as humans have used herbs to heal. Herbal medicines can be adulterated for a variety of reasons, both accidental from a lack of knowledge by foragers, handlers, market traders and buyers, and deliberate where the drive to maximise profits eclipses the need for high quality materials. In the historical development of quality assessment it is apparent that as the division of labour becomes more specialised, so does the concern for adulteration as the physician must rely on others for high quality materials.
👉 Herbalist Steve Woodley explores the history of herbal quality assessment: www.herbalreality.com/safety-sustainability/brief-history-herbal-quality-assessment-ancient-rome-21st-century-mitochondria/

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