Thursday, August 19, 2010

Minimal, Production of Active Substances of Medicinal Plants


Natural medicine researchers from the Faculty of Pharmacy Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta, Prof. Dr. Wahyuono Subagus said that although the number of herbal plants in Indonesia abundant but active compound that can be produced relatively little.

"For example, one kilogram of medicinal plant materials obtained only about one milligram of active compounds that can be utilized optimally," he said in Yogyakarta.

He said the content of the active compounds associated with power plant is recovered when it is processed into drugs. The higher the active compound, the sooner the drug cures the disease.

"Two highlights of the development of herbal medicine that is associated with the technology to augment the active compound and the framework of active compounds that can be obtained in large numbers," he said.

Subagus who is also Vice Dean for Research Faculty of Pharmacy Gadjah Mada University (UGM) said the problem can be disiasati with the development of biotechnology to augment the active compound or active compounds framework.

"But the problem of biotechnology research requires substantial costs," he said.

According to him, development of research on natural medicines is important because the abundance of medicinal plants in the country. One study even mention the 80 percent of drugs derived from natural materials.

"The potential of medicinal plants in Indonesia is very abundant, such as morphine, turmeric, saffron, fruits magazine, and tuber crops anthill," he said.

He said that natural medicine is the solution for Indonesia's dependence on conventional medicines produced in other countries.

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