Researchers say Jamaica’s national flower, the Lignum Vitae, has properties that can be used to treat persons infected with AIDS.
The researchers who worked on the discovery were led by noted Jamaican scientist and entrepreneur, Dr. Henry Lowe.
The research team noted that the Lignum Vitae has potent bio-activity against the deadly HIV virus that causes AIDS.
A statement today from Dr. Lowe’s EHF Group of Companies, says that although known from last year, test results were repeated several times to ensure data accuracy.
It says since then the findings were published in the April 2014 issue of the prestigious European Journal of Medicinal Plants.
According to the statement, since publication, a significant amount of additional data has been developed.
The work of Dr. Lowe and his research team has been lauded by Dr. Joseph Bryant of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland Medical School, where the Global Viral Network is located.
Dr. Bryant says Dr. Lowe and his researchers need to be recognized and commended for bringing a gift of a major potential magic bullet from a Jamaican tree, to the potential management of the HIV virus.
The EHF Group says its currently pursuing potential drugs from the Lignum Vitae, in collaboration with the US based Natural Products Division at the Research Triangle International, which is known for its discoveries of anti-HIV drugs.
Based on this collaboration, the EHF Group believes its on the verge of identifying a potent major anti-HIV drug from the Lignum Vitae plant.
Dr. Lowe who’s the founder and lead scientist at the Kingston based Bio-Tech R&D Institute plans to do further research on the isolates of the Lignum Vitae.
This in order to develop a treatment that could be used alone or as part of a cocktail for the management of HIV/AIDS.
In the interim, a nutraceutical product is being developed.
The EHF Group says a US patent has so far been filed in order to protect this vital intellectual property.