Jamaica’s national flower fights HIV!

Noted Jamaica Entrepreneur and Research Scientist Dr. Henry Lowe’s pioneering Research and Development (R&D) work on Jamaican medicinal plants, has led to another exciting discovery.

The discovery this time has to do with the Jamaica ‟s National flower, the Lignum vitae plant (Guaiacum officinale). Dr. Lowe and his Bio-Tech R&D team assisted by the Institute of Human Virology at the cutting-edge University of Maryland Medical School, have discovered that Lignum vitae has other special properties beyond its rare beautiful blue flowers.

The research team noted that the Lignum vitae has potent bio-activity against the deadly HIV virus that causes the Acquired Human Immunodeficiency Virus (AIDS), a global concern. Although known from last year, because of its significance, the tests were repeated several times to ensure data accuracy. Since then the findings were published in the April 2014 issue of the prestigious European Journal of Medicinal Plants under the title: Anti HIV-1 Activity of the Extracts of Guaiacum officinale L. (Zygophyllaceae).

Lignum Vitae fights HIVSince then, a significant amount of additional data has been developed. According to Dr. Lowe, the findings are very important because HIV remains a major public health concern despite the discovery and development of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapies (HAART).In Jamaica , it is estimated that 32,000 persons are living with HIV and as many as 50% are unaware of their status. Beyond that, UNAIDS reports that out of the over 30 million people reported to be living with the HIV virus worldwide, only about 6 million (20%) are receiving antiretroviral therapy.

The remaining 80% are not on any medication due to lack of access, cost, adverse effects of drugs or other reasons. As such, there is a need to continue the search for new, effective, safe and affordable therapies for this major global pandemic. Dr. Joseph Bryant of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland (UM) Medical School, where the Global Viral Network (GVN) is located, stated that “the Bio-Tech R&D team lead by Dr. Lowe, need to be recognized and commended for bringing a gift of a major potential „magic bullet‟ from a Jamaican tree for the potential management of the HIV virus which causes AIDS.

  

It is also symbolic that this discovery is being presented, when Jamaica is celebrating its national anniversary”. We are currently pursuing these potential drugs in collaboration with the Natural Products Division at the Research Triangle International, USA, which is known for its discoveries of anti-HIV drugs, and of course at the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland Medical School. Based on this, we believe we are on the verge of identifying a potent major anti-HIV drug.
Dr. Lowe who is the founder and lead scientist at Bio-Tech R&D Institute based in Kingston , Jamaica , plans to do further research on the isolates of the Lignum vitae in order to develop a treatment that could be used alone or as part of a cocktail for the management of HIV/AIDS in Jamaica and other countries. In the interim, a nutraceutical product is being developed.

A US patent has so far been filed in order to protect this vital intellectual property.

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Orville Manning
8 years ago

Great discovery indeed! Hoping that this medicine will soon be available to all at an affordable price.

Maureen Stanley Sang
8 years ago

What would the rest of the 21st century be like without this particular work of this blessed Jamaican scientist?

Jaime Hutchinson
8 years ago

Once again, proud to be Jamaica.

Jaime Hutchinson
8 years ago

Once again, proud to be Jamaica.

Evon Bennett
8 years ago

This can be the turning point in Jamaica economy it is like finding gold, but will the pharmaceutical company of the world allow this cure, because they already making money off releasing those they have so far to accumulate as much wealth as possible, if they have a cure to stop the embryo from catching it in the womb what does that say, Go Jamaica and show the world that there is something divine in our people and that we are here for divine intervention. maybe they might just release all the medical secrets they are hiding to stem population… Read more »

Kenneth Avalon
8 years ago

Hello , I am kenneth from miami united state, I am 43 years old, I saw a comment posted by marian duss from Vegas, on how she was free from hiv by doctor LAWCY, I was diagnosed of HIV infections for the pass two years, I contacted marian and she told me that this very doctor cures HPV cancer, and he also cures HIV/AIDS too, then I contacted DR.LAWCY, so he told me what to do to get healing and free from HIV , so I make provisions for the HERBAL MEDICINE which I used for two weeks and now… Read more »

Kenneth Avalon
8 years ago

Hello , I am kenneth from miami united state, I am 43 years old, I saw a comment posted by marian duss from Vegas, on how she was free from hiv by doctor LAWCY, I was diagnosed of HIV infections for the pass two years, I contacted marian and she told me that this very doctor cures HPV cancer, and he also cures HIV/AIDS too, then I contacted DR.LAWCY, so he told me what to do to get healing and free from HIV , so I make provisions for the HERBAL MEDICINE which I used for two weeks and now… Read more »

Andria Williams
7 years ago

Great discovery, its good Dr Lowe for you to educate your native people

Andria Williams
7 years ago

Great discovery, its good Dr Lowe for you to educate your native people

Richard Wright
7 years ago

Dr. Lowe to the world

Devon Moony Williams
7 years ago

To Dr. Henry Lowe and his team…great job.

Judith Campbell
7 years ago

Thanks to Dr Lowe and his team..people living with HIV will feel much better now

Elaine Grace
7 years ago

That is why it is called the tree of life.

Marvin Matthews
7 years ago

There can be no cure for HIV and there will never be. Viruses cant be cured, actually HIV will be virulent and will develop new strains that will overcome any advancements in medicine. HIV is here to stay as long as people change their sexual lifestyle and risky sex practices.

Charmay Rowe
7 years ago

ja is a blessed country in every way why cant we see that

Oret Banton
7 years ago

Congratulation on yet another significant scientific discovery! One of the challenges that researchers encounter sometimes is that of the lenght of time it takes to get the product on the market. I envision that this will hit the market locally and internationally soon . This certainly will be the panacea for persons living with HIV.

Stewart Spencer
7 years ago

Good going Dr. Lowe. Jamaicans don’t just run fast.

Ceswick Wright
7 years ago

Great Job!! Dr. Lowe and your team.

Sandra Grace Paul
7 years ago

Thank you Dr. Lowe for your continuation for seeking theses cures for Cancer and now HIV may God continue to bless and keep you with good health and renewed strength so you may continue your good work and let the world know that a Jamaica wi seh . Proud to be Jamaican ,show them what we can do as a nation hope you will get all the assistance you will need from this Government unlike the previous one. Blessed love ma brother and Gods Guidance !

Tosh Xander
7 years ago

Brilliant. I just wish certain patent laws are lifted and more verification test can be done in Jamaica instead of overseas bodies.

Maureen Stanley Sang
7 years ago

What would the rest of the 21st century be like without this particular work of this blessed Jamaican scientist?

Jaime Hutchinson
7 years ago

Once again, proud to be Jamaica.

Evon Bennett
7 years ago

This can be the turning point in Jamaica economy it is like finding gold, but will the pharmaceutical company of the world allow this cure, because they already making money off releasing those they have so far to accumulate as much wealth as possible, if they have a cure to stop the embryo from catching it in the womb what does that say, Go Jamaica and show the world that there is something divine in our people and that we are here for divine intervention. maybe they might just release all the medical secrets they are hiding to stem population… Read more »

Orville Manning
7 years ago

Great discovery indeed! Hoping that this medicine will soon be available to all at an affordable price.

Lennessa Comrie
7 years ago

This is very good……Progreesive

Douglas Taylor
7 years ago

It is so heart warming to know that our Jamaican scientists, are leading the world in research, big up Dr Henry Lowe and his team, for the effort u put into your researches to protect us from these many dangerous diseases. Proud to know that little Jamaica is a world leader in research

Monthy Williams
7 years ago

Thanks to those who have used ,tested and found the benefit and. blessings from the many herbs throughout the world. I have and will continue to use herbs……advisedly. …… Remember. ….There is a seed……(leaf, flower, vine,fruit, root)…….for every NEED…..GODS CREATION. .

Sib Bis
7 years ago

How long can you hide a lit candle under dry bush.

Gleidyz Carlos
7 years ago

I want to say a special thanks to the God of Dr IYARE for saving me,…I got cured from HIV disease with is powerful magical healing spell. friends,i was HIV patient for 10 years, i saw a testimony on how Dr Iyare cured people fom Hiv, herpes and pregnancy problem. i did not believe that he could cure me from HIV haven spend so much on drugs. I gave him a test by contacting him lol and behold, I had a completely new beginning and realised, my suffers was out of ignorance and foolishness, especially disbelief and lack of information.… Read more »

Alice Iseac
Alice Iseac
6 years ago

It is no longer news that the Acquired immune deficiency syndrome /Human Immune Virus (HIV/AIDS) is increasing by the day. The fear is that many people living with the sickness are scared of saying it because of the stigma that comes along with it.I am bold enough among many others to state that there is now a potent cure to this sickness but many are unaware of it. I discovered that I was infected with the virus 3 months ago, after a medical check-up. My doctor told me and I was shocked, confused and felt like my world has crumbled.… Read more »