Treatment of high blood pressure with the local medicines Bissap and Kinkeliba, Senegal
These products are used in traditional preparations (infusions or decoctions), and are classified as food products. An initial randomised clinical study showed that bissap (Hibiscus sabdariffa) and kinkeliba (Combretum micranthum) have anti-hypertensive effects similar to those of conventional treatment.
A new, larger-scale randomised study is planned in order to evaluate preliminary results, especially with longer term use. This stage is essential before the results can be disseminated and before the impact on public health can be measured. Lowering blood pressure is not enough in itself; related health problems must be addressed at the same time.
The team on the ground is made up of educators and doctors from the Faculty of Medicine of Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis, Senegal, and from the associated hospital. Several PhD students are involved in the study.
Adjuvant treatment of diabetes with a local tea from micronesia : delal a kar (palau)
This treatment is used when diabetes control is not sufficient with conventional treatmentsas is often the case. We conducted a set of studies to assess the effect of the tea Delal a kar . This was the first research project undertaken by PAIR (the Pacific Academic Institute of Research) in Palau. PAIR was established to allow young researchers from the rather isolated islands to work in and for their country, especially in managing and protecting its natural resources.
Following an agreement between PAIR, the University of Geneva and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, these two Swiss institutions take part in the research projects in Palau.
Suite à l’accord entre le PAIR et l’Université de Genève ainsi que l’École Polytechnique de Zurich, ces deux institutions suisses vont participer aux recherches sur des produits palouais.
- Traditional local medicines in the republic of Palau and non-communicable diseases (NCD), signs of effectiveness. Graz B, Kitalong C, Yano V., J Ethnopharmacol. 2015 Feb 23;161:233-7.