Sambong As A Diuretic And Treatment Of Urinary Tract Stones

| Written by Ma. Cristina Vinas

INVENTORS

National Integrated Research Program on Medicinal Plants
Institute of Herbal Medicine
University of the Philippines Manila

DESCRIPTION

Sambong (Blumea balsifera) is a coarse, woody, and strongly aromatic shrub found in open grasslands, waste places and clearings in most provinces in the Philippines. Its medicinal properties have been recognized by Filipino herbolarios and have been used for fever, cough, headache, boils, abdominal pain, and gaseous distention. It is also used by healers from Thailand and China.

VALUE PROPOSITION

  1. Completed Clinical Trials Phase 1-3
  2. Increase in urinary volume which was comparable to thiazide diuretics
  3. Did not cause urinary potassium loss unlike thiazide diuretics
  4. Comparable to potassium citrate for the dissolution of kidney stones

MARKET APPLICATION AND COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Edema and urinary tract stones are common condition in the Philippines. Sambong has been successfully commercialized in the Philippines and has gained wide acceptance among primary care physicians as well as renal specialists and urologists.

Sambong is an affordable, herbal medicine to treat urinary tract stones as opposed to more expensive medical or surgical alternatives. It was developed by Filipino researchers from Filipino plants to boost the Philippine Pharmaceutical Industry, provide new cash crops for farmers and offer Filipinos medical and financial benefits.

DEVELOPMENT STATUS

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

Philippine Patent has been granted and maintained

Strong Know-How protected as a trade secret

TYPE OF COOPERATION

LICENSING with local medicine manufacturers for the mass production and marketing of the final product.