An herb-based ointment, 'Rub Heal', developed by the botany department of Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, was launched last week at the inauguration of the two day national conference on Phytomedicine that took place at the university.
Dr T Parimelazhagan an associate professor of the department who led the study said that they had come up with an herbal product which can heal wounds and injuries. "Although people say that they prefer herbal products, they don't always buy them," he points out. This is because herb-based products are considered to be slow healers, compared to their chemical counterparts.
Parimelazhagan said that they wanted to show that herbal products can heal just as effectively as modern medicines. They identified some herbs from the Western Ghats that could help heal wounds. Blessen George, who did research for the project says that they identified a plant from the species of Rubus, which is abundant in Ooty. They conducted trials on mice before its launch. "The healing powers of herbal drugs are just as powerful as chemical-based drugs. In fact, they are even better because there are no side-effects," he said.
They have filed a patent for the product. Parimelzhagan revealed that it was an academic launch and not a commercial one. They are yet to test the product on people which they plan to do in the coming months, following which they will make it available in the market. G Games Pitchai, the vice chancellor of the university who released the product said that medicinal plants should not be restricted to scientists but they must reach the common man.