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R-38, new herbal mixture by UMT researcher to treat joint pain

Thursday, 27/01/2022

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Based on a scientific study, a herbal mixture named R-38 has been found to possess therapeutic characteristics that can help reduce joint pain commonly occurring at the hand, foot, knee, and other parts of the body.

Pain is felt at these areas in the forms of burning sensation or throbbing pain due to swelling, inflammation, and muscle tightening,

These conditions are caused by uric acid gathering at the joints, reduced joint liquid, and bone erosion.

R-38 is one hundred percent made from herbal mixture, said Prof. Dr. Fadzilah Adibah, the founder.

Only the best herbs are selected and carefully processed to ensure the product’s quality, said the researcher, who practices strict quality control in the production of herbal medicine, especially when using a traditional method.

Among the herbs used are galangal (Alpinia galangal), misai kucing (Orthosiphon stamineus), and temulawak (Curcuma xanthorrhiza). These herbs have been scientifically studied for their effectiveness in treating joint pain and arthritis. The studies found these herbs possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. 

A preliminary study on R-38 has found the product to be antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which makes it effective in slowing down the production of Xanthine Oxidase (XO) enzyme and subsequently lowering the uric acid content, and of Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and eventually reducing inflammation and pain.

In addition, R-38 can help reduce Interleukin-6 (IL-6) and Tumour Necrosis Factor Alpha (TNF-a), biochemical substances that stimulate body inflammation. The reduction of these substances will reduce inflammation.

The product has received positive feedback from consumers, based on a market study that has been conducted for five years.

Wider distribution of R-38 in Malaysia and internationally can be expected after UMT and Essentiq Pharma Sdn Bhd agreed on a licensing right and strategic partnership.


About the researcher:

Prof. Dr. Fadzilah Adibah Abdul Majid is a professor and a researcher at the Institute of Marine Biotechnology, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. She is an expert on medicinal products, with more than 20 years’ experience studying traditional medicine made from herbal mixture. The effectiveness of one of her products has interested a company, Essentiq Pharma Sdn Bhd, which intends to introduce it in the market.  

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