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Plant Pathology Research: JNTBGRI found that Plants on ghats have anti-diabetic properties

Scientists of the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) have completed pre-clinical studies stating that the plant found in the Western Ghats has anti-diabetic properties.

The five-year-long study was based on the knowledge shared by T.M. Shahul Hamid, a traditional healer hailing from Karunagapally. “The trials have yielded promising results,” said P.G. Latha, Director, JNTBGRI. “We have proved that the plant by itself, and in combination with two other herbs, possesses anti-diabetic properties. It was also found to have anti-fatigue, hepato-protective (liver) and anti-oxidant properties, enhancing its potential as a drug addressing the many problems faced by diabetic patients.”

Mr. Hamid has been named as inventor in the application. The team has filed for a patent on a novel polyherbal formulation with multiple therapeutic effects. The name of the plant has not been disclosed but scientists said it was easy to propagate.

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