Program Highlights

Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Research in the 21st Century

Thanks to the huge potential in the Medicinal and Aromatic plant industry, MAP Expo offers the opportunity to enhance and integrate links in the supply chain. Through our matchmaking program, companies can find the - for them - most relevant buyers and suppliers. The use of medicinal plants is as old the history of manhood. Archaeological sites show plants for healing purposes as for example the Lascaux caves in France, which are between 15,000 and 27,000 years old . Even more, the history of herbal medicine seems to have its very first roots in the animal kingdom. Fascinating evidence exists for self-medication among non-human primates. Chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas swallow specific leaves and chew bitter piths, if they suffer from parasite infections. It has been speculated that ancient shamans and healers learned from apes by observing them while they were taking medicinal plants. These plants were then taken by local human populations for medical purposes . The ancient knowledge on the beneficial activity of some plants was a privilege of shamans and healers and give reason to establish traditional medicines worldwide. While many forms of traditional medicines were handed down orally from generation to generation for millennia , complex forms with written textbooks and education systems also developed, e.g. in traditional Chinese medicine, Japanese Kampo medicine, or Ayurveda. (more…)


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8 popular medicinal plants you must know about

In an era of advanced medical science and pills, not many people have put their faith on Ayurveda. The ancient medical science has looked after mankind for centuries. Hence, it is definitely worth a shot. Many think that medicinal plants are hard to find and can only be found in far-off forests or mountains. The advent of chemically synthesized drugs made the home pharmacy disappear with time. The knowledge of common remedies for minor ailments also nosedived. However, thanks to globalisation and the help of Internet, more and more people are getting inclined towards Ayurveda. Research facilities across the world are trying their best to analyse the characteristics of easily available plants and find remedies for more critical diseases from their extracts. This is now being termed as the renaissance of herbal medicine. Much about this resurfacing is dependent on self-education of every individual. (more…)


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Medicinal and aromatic plants trade programme

Human well-being in both rural and urban areas depends on a diverse array of wild plant products from an even more diverse array of wild plant species. This includes species used for their medicinal and aromatic properties. An estimated 50,000–70,000 medicinal and aromatic species are harvested from the wild, with the annual global export value of pharmaceutical plants alone being over USD2.2 billion in 2011. Use and trade of these plant-based pharmaceuticals and “botanicals”, as medicinal and aromatic plants are sometimes called, underpin both traditional and “modern” healthcare systems. These plants also flavour our food and drinks, perfume and give colour to beauty products and provide incense used by many religious traditions. Although accurate data are lacking, available information indicates that trade is increasing.   (more…)


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Natural products derived from plants as a source of drugs

Nature, the master of craftsman of molecules created almost an inexhaustible array of molecular entities. It stands as an infinite resource for drug development, novel chemotypes and pharmacophores, and scaffolds for amplification into efficacious drugs for a multitude of disease indications and other valuable bioactive agents. Since time immemorial, natural products have been the backbone of traditional system of healing throughout the globe, and have also been an integral part of history and culture. Although the use of bioactive natural products as herbal drug preparations dates back hundreds, even thousands, of years ago, their application as isolated and characterized compounds to modern drug discovery and development started only in the 19th century. (more…)


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Ayurvedic Medicine: In Depth

Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It originated in India more than 3,000 years ago and remains one of the country’s traditional health care systems. Its concepts about health and disease promote the use of herbal compounds, special diets, and other unique health practices. India’s government and other institutes throughout the world support clinical and laboratory research on Ayurvedic medicine, within the context of the Eastern belief system. But Ayurvedic medicine isn’t widely studied as part of conventional (Western) medicine. This fact sheet provides a general overview of Ayurvedic medicine and suggests sources for additional information (more…)


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“Horchata” drink in Southern Ecuador: medicinal plants and people’s wellbeing

Background The “horchata” is a herbal mixture infusion consumed in Southern Ecuador. It remains unknown how vendors group the plant species to sell them at traditional markets. This research documented the following: 1) a list of medicinal plant species sold for the drink; 2) the culturally important medicinal plant species; 3) the agreement among vendors regarding the medicinal plants species and their therapeutic use; and 4) the groups of medicinal plants sold for the preparation of “horchata.” (more…)


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Culture, History and Applications of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Japan

Aromatic and medicinal plants fill a significant role in human societies that have helped improve the lives of people since ancient times. Ancient people became aware of the value and attractiveness of aromatic and medicinal plants, and the significance of historical books is a guide for the use of the plant material. Initial books on use on medicinal and aromatic plants were sourced in various parts of the world, such as the Middle East, Greece, China, and India, indicating that these ancient civilizations used indigenous aromatic and medicinal plants to improve lives in their own separate ways before ideas were shared. Japan is no exception; names of some local aromatic and medicinal plants were recorded in the oldest Japanese history book “Kojiki” written in 712 A.D. Aromatic and medicinal plants, however, continue to influence human life, culture, and history. Currently, an estimated 70,000 plant species are used in traditional medicine. (more…)


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Impact of climate change on Medicinal and aromatic plants: Review

There has been worldwide changes in seasonal patterns, weather events, temperature ranges, and other related phenomena and all have been analyzed in partial, reported and attributed to global climate change. The negative impacts of climate change will become much more intense and frequent in the future—particularly if environmentally destructive human activities continue unabated, warned categorically by a number of experts in a wide range of scientific disciplines and interests. (more…)


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MAP EXPO 2017 video & photo impression

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Evaluation MAP EXPO 2017

In the first edition in 2017, MAP EXPO – The Global Marketplace for Medicinal & Aromatic Plants is considered to have been impressive and satisfying to both exhibitors and visitors. 49 exhibitors from 16 countries and B2B visitors, embassies from 31 countries have enabled MAP EXPO to be a proven international platform. Click for more figures


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Coffee & Tea Russian Expo

Coffee & Tea Russian Expo will gather more than 5 000 professionals of the coffee and tea industry. From 15 to 17 March 2018, for the fifth time in Moscow under the updated name Coffee & Tea Russian Expo will be held a coffee and tea exhibition and a conference, which can rightfully be considered one of the largest events in the segment in Russia and other CIS countries. Coffee & Tea Russian Expo is the partner of MAP EXPO - The Global Marketplace for Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (more…)


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23 Medicinal Plants the Native Americans Used on a Daily Basis

Native Americans are renowned for their medicinal plant knowledge. It is rumored they first started using plants and herbs for healing after watching animals eat certain plants when they were sick. In order to protect these plants from over harvesting, the medicine men used to pick every third plant they found. Here are the most versatile plants the Native Americans used in their everyday lives. (more…)


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Lavender in different countries

Lavender is one of the most beloved and oft-used plants in the history of human civilization, and its name has become synonymous with a light shade of purple. Nowadays, its delicate foliage and beautiful, distinctively scented flowers make it a garden favorite. (more…)


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Scientists reveal 20 Kenyan plants that can cure cancer

Scientists have confirmed more than 20 local plant species are effective against many of the top killer cancers today. During a three-day annual scientific conference of Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri), more than 30 researchers left no doubt that the country has immense capacity to deal with cancer from its plant resources. (more…)


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MAP EXPO 2017 Matching programs: Agricultural solutions and Buying – Selling link

MAP EXPO 2017 matching programs: 1. Agricultural solutions The matching programme is organised between established companies and institutes from North West Europe who possess advanced agricultural expertise, and a variety of industry players from the rest of the world. The programme will be held in cooperation with the European Enterprise Network (EEN) and Brainport Food Tech in the Netherlands, among others. (more…)


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NVF Seminar – 29 March 2017

Organizer: Nederlandse Vereniging Voor Fytotherapie (NVF) De Nederlandse Vereniging voor Fytotherapie maakt zich als wetenschappelijke vereniging sterk voor kwaliteit en betrouwbaarheid van plantaardige geneesmiddelen. De NVF geeft viermaal per jaar het Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Fytotherapie uit. Daarnaast is de NVF uitgever van een onderwijsgids met opleidingsmogelijkheden op het gebied van fytotherapie. De NVF fungeert ook als netwerk voor professionals die bij elkaar terecht kunnen met vragen, voor verdieping en om belangen te behartigen. Het netwerk functioneert zowel één op één als via commissies en studiegroepen. Website: http://fyto.nl/ Program 29th March 2017 (1st day of MAP EXPO)   Time Contents Speakers 13:00 – 13:25 The importance of robust extraction procedures for active compound identification   Q&A Dr. Henrie Korthout Fytagoras 13:30 – 13:55 Regulatory aspects of Herbal (Traditional) Medicines and Botanical Supplements in EU / the Netherlands   Q&A   Ir. Theo van Rooij Rivendell Health Food Consultancy 14:00 – 14:25 Use of herbs in production animals   Q&A   Dr Maria Groot RIKILT, Wageningen University & Reserach   14:30 – 14:55 Provided by Nature, Proven by Science   Q&A   Dr Kees Beukelman PhytoGeniX BV 15:00 – 15:25 Escop-monografiën (Nederlands/Dutch)   Q&A   Drs Christine Catlender and/or Dr  Stephan Horsten NVF 15:30 – 15:55 “Waar staat de NVF voor anno 2017?”  (Nederlands/Dutch)   Q&A   Dr Marij Schüsler NVF 16:00 – 16:25 Systems Biology and herbs     Q&A Dr. Herman van Wietmarschen Researcher Nutrition & Health Louis Bolk 16:30 - 19:30: Annual meeting NVF (only for NVF members) - NVF ledenvergadering (alleen toegang voor NVF leden)  30th March 2017 (2nd day of MAP EXPO) Time Contents Speakers 14:00 – 14:25 Provided by Nature, Proven by Science Q&A Dr Kees Beukelman PhytoGeniX BV 14:30 – 14:55 “Waar staat de NVF voor anno 2017?”  (Nederlands/Dutch)  Q&A Dr Marij Schüsler NVF 15:00 – 15:25 Escop-monografiën   Q&A Drs Christine Catlender and/or Dr  Stephan Horsten NVF


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Seminar “Cannabidiol – From farm to end product”

Included in MAP EXPO is the trendy topic "Cannabidiol" applied in the pharmaceuticals and beauty care industries. Certainly the theme attracts fair share of controversy due to differences in related legislations between countries. Industrial hemp is furthermore the link between MAP - herbal sector and bio-based economy. The seminar "Cannabidiol – From farm to end product" will mention not only the legal aspects but also CBD's applications, as well as cultivation practices.  The seminar is carried out according to the cooperation between MAP EXPO team, Nova Instituut, and the organisations of the speakers.  (more…)


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