Herbal Tea to Treat Malaria Heads for Clinical Trial in…
Malaria causes up to 32 percent of deaths in Burkina Faso, and a traditional herbal medicine used locally to fight the mosquito-borne killer is headed for clinical trials as early as July, according to reports in SciDev.net.
The Ministry of Health in Burkina Faso is funding human clinical trails of a herbal mixture of three plants known as Saye, comparing it with conventional malaria drug artemisinin. Saye has been used as a tea to fight malaria for more than 30 years in Burkina Faso.
Saye is a mixture of three plants: the root of the local N’Dribala plant (Cochlospermum planchonii); Phyllanthus amarus and Cassia alata, according to an April 15 report in he Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It was first licensed as a herbal medicine in Burkina Faso 10 years ago but the compounds that might act against malaria have yet to be identified, SciDev reports.