National Integrated Research Program on Medicinal Plants
Institute of Herbal Medicine
University of the Philippines Manila
Akapulco (Senna alata) is a woody bush found throughout the Philippines. Traditionally, the leaves have been used to treat fungal infections, from which it got its common name “ringworm bush.” The leaves are traditionally pounded, the juice extracted and applied directly onto aﬀected skin. Chrysophanic acid has been isolated as one of the active components of Akapulco lotion. Numerous studies, both in vitro and clinical trials, have shown its antifungal properties against dermatophytes and superﬁcial yeast infections.
- Strong clinical testing data
- 50% solution clinically tested to be safe and eï¬€ective
- Treating Pityriasis (Tinea) versicolor or fungal skin infections
MARKET APPLICATION AND COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES
Dermatophytoses, or fungal skin infections or commonly known as “An-an”, are one of the most common skin conditions seen at Dermatology Clinics and by primary care physicians. Antifungal medicines are very expensive for the 2-6 week treatment period, depending on the number and extent of lesions. Also it is very contagious and extremely itchy, thus causing morbidity and aﬀecting patients’ quality of life.
The technology completed clinical trials phases 1-3 and has shown promising results. It is now available for mass production and is ready for the consumption of the public as medicine.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY STATUS
Strong Know-How protected as a trade secret
Philippine Patent had been granted and maintained
TYPE OF COOPERATION
LICENSING with local medicine manufacturers for the mass production and marketing of the final product.