National Integrated Research Program on Medicinal Plants
Institute of Herbal Medicine
University of the Philippines Manila
Yerba Buena (Mentha cordifolia Opiz) is an aromatic herb also known as mint, spearmint or marshmint found in the Philippines. Its leaves have been used by our ancestors as a tea for headaches, toothaches, arthritis and dysmenorrhea. It contains Menthalactone which has been shown to have analgesic or pain-relieving activity.
Yerba Buena tablets are indicated for the relief of various types of pain including postoperative pain.
- Completed Clinical Trials Phase 1-3
- Relieves post-operative pain in 30 minutes to 1 hour
- Equivalent to Paracetamol but with minimal side eﬀects
- Relieves moderate to severe pain due to circumcision, dental extraction, and childbirth
MARKET APPLICATION AND COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES
Adequate postoperative control of pain is necessary for the successful management of a patient who underwent surgery. The beneﬁts of eﬀective postoperative pain control include increased patient comfort and satisfaction, early mobilization with less heart and lung complications, as well as decreased risk of blood clots. Also, the patient also has a more rapid recovery with a reduced cost of care.
Yerba Buena is an aﬀordable, herbal medicine to relieve post-operative pain in adolescents and adults. 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.
Numerous types of surgeries, both major and minor are performed in the Philippines every day. Yerba Buena tablet may also be used for other causes of pain such as sore muscles, toothache and headache. The leading paracetamol brand sold more than Php 1.4 Billion in 2014.
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
Utility Patent had been granted
TYPE OF COOPERATION
LICENSING with local medicine manufacturers for the mass production and marketing of the final product.