A group of scientists at the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute confirmed the multiple therapeutic properties of a shrub named Neurocalyx calycinus to treat inflammations and wounds.
The shrub is used by the Cholanaikkans tribe, one of the particularly vulnerable groups in Kerala.
The scientists have now filed for a patent on a novel herbal drug formulation possessing burn-healing, anti-cancer, wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, platelet-augmentation, anti-oxidant and immuno-enhancing effects.
About Neurocalyx calycinus
• Neurocalyx calycinus is a shrub endemic to the southern parts of Western Ghats and Sri Lanka. It is found in evergreen forests.
• The shrub possesses wound-healing, burn-healing, anti-cancer, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, immuno-enhancing, platelet-augmentation and anti-oxidant properties.
• The medicinal properties of the shrub can offer scientists the key to new herbal formulations and modern drugs for the treatment of cancer and wounds and burns.
• Animal trials have proved that the leaves of the plant carry wound-healing properties comparable to the standard drug Povidone/Iodine in the early phase of inflammation.
• The scientists came to know of the miracle plant in 1988 during a biological survey deep inside the Nilambur forests.
• The Cholanaikkans are an ethnic group of India.
• They primarily inhabit the southern part of Kerala, especially Silent Valley National Park.
• They are one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes of the region.
• They speak the Cholanaikkan language, which belongs to the Dravidian family.
What: Confirmed by scientists