Iraj Rasooli

Shahed UniversityIran

Iraj Rasooli was born in 1960 in Ahar, Iran. He received his BSc in Microbiology from Shivaji University (India) before obtaining his MSc and PhD in 1992 and 1998 respectively in Microbiology from Bombay University (India). He joined Shahed University in 1993 as an assistant professor where his focus has been on research activities on biological properties of essential oils from medicinal plants and he has published a number of papers in a number of notable national and international journals. He was awarded Razi festival prize by the president of Islamic Republic of Iran in 2002. Professor Rasooli went to the University of Calgary (Canada) in 2002 for his sabbatical where he accelerated his level of knowledge of molecular biology at Prof. Anthony Schryver’s laboratory. To date he has published 86 full length papers on bioactivities of essential oils and molecular microbiology. He continues teaching and researching in his current role as Dean of Science faculty at Shahed University, Tehran, Iran.

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There are significant concerns regarding the potential side effects from the chronic use of conventional drugs such as corticosteroids, especially in children. Herbal therapy is less expensive, more readily available, and increasingly becoming common practice all over the world. Such practices have both their benefits and risks. However, herbal self-therapy might have serious health consequences due to incorrect self-diagnosis, inappropriate choice of herbal remedy or adulterated herbal product. In addition, absence of clinical trials and other traditional safety mechanisms before medicines are introduced to the wider market results in questionable safe dosage ranges which may produce adverse and unexpected outcomes. Therefore, the use of herbal remedies requires sufficient knowledge about the efficacy, safety and proper use of such products. Hence, it is necessary to have baseline data regarding the use of herbal remedies and to educate future health professionals about various aspects of herbal remedies.

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