Nobel for Chinese Scientist Has Lessons for Research on Indian Folk Medicine

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As an example, Padmanaban, pointed out the case of popular Indian spice turmeric and its active principal curcumin. Padmanaban firther added, “Use of curcumin has yielded excellent results in terms of preventing parasite recrudescence (patients coming back a few weeks after primary therapy). The Nobel Prize winner Chinese scientist Tu Youyou turned to traditional herbal medicine to develop novel malaria therapies.



  • Despite curcumin’s potential health benefits, Padmanaban lamented that it has not been an approved drug even for a single ailment.
  • In addition it can also check emergence of resistance to artemisinin, since it can lower the toxicity and dosage of the primary drug.


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