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The research on improved TM is geared towards the scientific validation of medicinal plants and includes the elucidation of new molecular scaffolds, lead molecule optimization and a system biology approach to new chemical entities and target identification and validation.
The road map for traditional medicine inCameroonis aimed at promoting a synergy between scientist and herbalist towards the scientific validation of medicinal properties of plants. This calls for the design of experimental protocols aimed at finding scientific evidence efficacy which starts from the method of preparation and administration of medicines used by traditional healers. Extensive interaction with the traditional healers is undertaken to understand the disease being treated and to identify the therapeutic concept. This special edition of HS&D is dedicated to showcase some of the studies within the framework of traditional medicine research and reviews that highlights important medicinal plants and the importance of traditional medicine practice in Cameroon and finally the collaboration Network between scientists of the Ethnopharmacology and Ethnobotany Society of France with Prof Motte Elizabeth as Focal point and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Traditional Pharmacopoiea of the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé 1 . I hope this special edition will add more information to the domain of traditional medicine practice and the strategies or ways towards their improvement.