Cape Town, 4 July 2013; Dr Nigel Gericke, on behalf of HG&H Pharmaceuticals, has been selected by the Indigenous Plant Use Forum (IPUF) as the 2013 recipient of the IPUF Best Product Award for his innovative development work on Zembrin®, taking an indigenous plant from concept to clinical study. Zembrin® is an indigenous plant extract of the Namaqualand plant Sceletium tortuosum – for centuries used and traded by San hunter-gatherers and Khoi Khoi pastoralists for medicinal, social and spiritual purposes.
“This achievement represents a new generation of scientifically validated natural herbal products,”says Dr Nigel Gericke, South African medical practitioner, botanist and ethnopharmacologist.
Zembrin® has been researched and developed for more than a decade and since the end of 2012 has been marketed in South Africa and the United States as a safe over-the-counter remedy for enhancing mood, decreasing anxiety, and to reduce stress. Locally, Zembrin® has hit the complementary medicine shelves as Elev8™ tablets. Elev8™ tablets are available at selected pharmacies and Dis-Chem stores nationwide.
Funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the Indigenous Plant Use Forum was inspired by the need to promote the cultural, socio-economic and scientific benefits derived from the sustainable use of southern Africa flora.
Past recipients of the IPUF “Best Product Award” include, among others, Rooibos Tea Ltd for their health drink and Natura Homeopathic Laboratory for their cold and flu fighter, Pentagen, containing Pelargonium sidoides.
The IPUF Awards took place at the ARC Institute for Suptropical and Tropical Crops in Nelspruit on Wednesday, 3 July 2013.