Pharmacies that sell herbal remedies such as ginseng, ayurveda and ginsenos are opening their doors in Vietnam, according to Vietnamese media reports.
Some pharmacies have been operating since January.
The opening of the pharmacies will allow for the establishment of herbal medicines market in Vietnam.
A recent report by Vietnamese media said that the pharmacies sell over 100,000 kilograms of ginsens annually, and a report by a Chinese company said that they have opened a retail pharmacy in Vietnam for the sale of herbal medicine.
Huan, a popular local herbal medicine seller, said in a statement that they had opened their second medicinal pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City and they will continue to expand in the future.
“We have a big business here, and we have been preparing for the opening of our second medicinal pharmacopoeia, which will include herbs for the Vietnamese market,” he said.
There is also a local herbal market in the northern province of Quang Ninh.
However, the herbal market has not yet been allowed to open in the province due to a local ban.
“There is a strong demand for these herbal medicines,” said Huan.
In January, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang signed an order to allow herbal medicine to be sold at pharmacies and clinics, in the form of herbal ginsen, ginsu and other ginsan products.
The country has also seen a surge in the number of herbal remedies sold.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 20 million people in Vietnam have a prescription for at least one type of herbal remedy.
Pharmacies that sold herbal remedies to Vietnam in 2015 were mainly located in the north of the country, but in recent years they have also opened in some of the southern provinces.