From “Farm to Pharm”: Opportunities From Tradition


M. Rajendran V. Marnickavasagar


Traditional & Complementary Medicine Exhibition 2007 (TCME 2007), Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia




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One in four drugs prescribed today are derived from Nature and hence, were once traditional medicine. Aspirin comes from the willow bark. Statins come from the red rice yeast. Taxol comes from the Pacific Yew tree. The much touted treatment and prophylaxis for the Asian bird flu comes from a common Chinese spice. A breast cancer treatment modality now in Stage III clinical trial is from a common Indian herb known to stimn. With increasing drug discovery costs and declining returns on research, even Big Pharma today are re-embracing natural medicine in a big way. The pendulum is swinging towards Nature and natural medicine with a vengeance. This represents new opportunities in medicine and related businesses.