Researchers of the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) at the University of Karachi and a team of dermatologists have started clinical trials of five local plant extracts at the Leprosy Centre Larkana that have shown high potency for curing fungal and bacterial skin infections in previous tests at the ICCBS, The News learnt on Tuesday.Researchers and dermatologists are hoping to come up with new plant-based medicines for the treatment of skin diseases that are on a rise in rural areas of Sindh due to a variety of factors, including climate change. Due to lack of treatment facilities and abject poverty, most of the affected residents in rural areas of the province have to bear the agonizing skin conditions for their entire lives. “A team of experts, led by renowned dermatologist Dr Farooq Soomro, who heads the Leprosy Centre Larkana, have started clinical trials of five plant extracts for the treatment of skin diseases. The trials are being conducted at Lep
There are many different ways in which herbs may be processed to generate "standardized extracts" and "botanical extracts."
Understanding botanical extracts requires understanding solvents, extract ratios and extract semi-purification.
By Steven Dentali, PhD, American Herbal Products Association
What is a botanical?
A botanical is a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal or therapeutic properties, flavor, and/or scent. Herbs are a subset of botanicals. Products made from botanicals that are used to maintain or improve health may be called herbal products, botanical products, or phytomedicines.