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  • herbaid
    Jul 28, 2006
      Dear O'Seun
      Tuberculosis in the UK is a notifiable disease and under the Pharmacy and Medicines Act 1941 is one of a number of diseases for which advertisement, written or oral, claiming remedies may not be made. So it is not treated by professional herbalists here, and does need a cocktailof drugs taken long term for effective treatment. However some herbs have had historical use such as Inula helenium, or Elecampane. But you say local herbs? In the book  Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Thomas Bartram, 1995, there is a reference to the use of Umckaloabo or Rhatany root, Krameria triandra, a root being used with some success. More details of the history of this at http://www.pharmj.com/pdf/xmas2005/pj_20051224_umckaloabo.pdf#search='umckaloabo'
       However I could not find this in the Plants for  a Future database, and elsewhere this remedy is listed as Pelargonium sidoides, the South African Geranium, with some research supporting its use in respiratory infections e.g at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/eccmid14/abstract.asp?id=15766
      Might also be worth contacting Kew Gardens at http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/ and also checking out the World Health Organisation.
      Best wishes
      Anne Stobart, MNIMH
      Consultant Medical Herbalist
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Egghead
      To: PFAF
      Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 11:37 AM
      Subject: [pfaf] Re: Welcome to pfaf

      Dear PFAF Members,


      Top of the day to you all and hoping that the various works is pushing on smoothly?


      I am O'Seun Egghead Odewale a final year (500 Level) student of Industrial Chemistry at the Federal University of Technology, Minna – Nigeria, WA. I am presently writing my final year thesis on the subject, "Screening of local Herbs Used in Treatment of Tuberculosis." I already commenced my research work and have been able to identify four chemical compounds / groups that have been effective in treatment of TB viz: isoniazid (INH), Pyrazinamide (PZA), Rifampin ( RIF), and Steptomycin / Ethambutol.


      Following this identification, I am now expected to do a research on the chemistry of these substances. I am requesting your assistance to help provide a lead or at best help with relevant information to help me do a detailed chemistry of these compounds.


      I reckon that some of you are vast in organic chemistry and might have done research (or carry out a study) on some of these substances. Obviously, your experience as a Chemists, Biochemists and/or Microbiologists would be invaluable to my current work. Some others who have been identify herbs used in treatment of TB would also be helpful.


      Please note that any other information relevant to the project work will be duly acknowledged and heartily appreciated. I am still open to accept suggestions on names of more herbs/plants used in treatment of TB.


      Thanks in anticipation to your prompt and auspicious response.


      O'Seun Odewale

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