RMUTT Wins Research Award for ‘Galangal-Garlic’ Extraction to Treat Inflammation
An RMUTT researcher has received a gold prize and diploma from the National University of Science and Technology (MSIS) in Russia at the 2017 Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF) held in Seoul, South Korea for making extract from galangal and garlic to inhibit candida bacteria, the root cause of vulvovaginal candidiasis, prior to producing tablets to be inserted into the vagina, cleansing lotion, and wet wipes for personal hygiene.
On February 16th, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prasert Pinprathomrat, RMUTT President said that the university has sent researchers to participate in the 2017 Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF) held in Seoul, South Korea. Numerous researchers around the world have also submitted their research but feminine hygiene products made from Thai medicinal herb extracts, which consists of tablets to be inserted into the vagina, made from Thai medicinal herb extracts, cleansing lotion, and wet wipes created by Dr. Amorn Chaiprathip, a professor from the Thai Traditional Medicine College received a gold prize and diploma from the National University of Science and Technology (MSIS) in Russia, as it is another option for women that are allergic and resistant to modern medicine.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prasert Pinprathomrat, RMUTT President added that researchers from RMUTT also participated in the 2017 Inova-Budi Uzor 42nd International Invention Show held in Osijek, Croatia, another academic forum that researchers from all over the world deem as important and would like to showcase their research. Assist. Prof. Dr. Chiraporn Ananchaipattana from RMUTT’s Division of Biology in the Faculty of Science and Technology received a gold medal at Inova-Budi Uzor for her ready-to-use multiplex polymerase chain reaction tube for foodborne bacteria detection in Salmonella spp, Bacillus cereus, and Staphylococcus aureus. This invention is the first of its kind in the world as current solutions can merely detect at most two foodborne bacteria. Therefore, this invention is truly beneficial for food producers.
Furthermore, Dr. Amorn said that vulvovaginal candidiasis has negative effects on women’s health. The United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) approves the use of clotrimazole to treat vulvovaginal candidiasis. However, treating vulvovaginal candidiasis using modern medicine has a higher rate of resistance. Most importantly, there are many vaginal tablets and feminine products made from Thai herbal extracts that are advertised and sold online. Most of those feminine products are not approved, which may increase the rate of allergic reactions and rate of infection. Nevertheless, many studies indicate that garlic and galangal contain effects in inhibiting the growth of candida bacteria. Garlic and galangal are also included in the national list of essential medicines (NLEM) under methods to treat Leukorrhea. Thus, Dr. Amorn has used extracts from these two herbs to make feminine hygiene products in the form of wet wipes, cleansing lotion, and tablets to be inserted into the vagina via tableting using wet granulation processes, conforming to international standards, which is another interesting option to reduce the cost of importing.
“Feminine hygiene products made from Thai medicinal herb extracts will be able to increase commercialization opportunities and is another option for women that are allergic and resistant to modern medicine. The product also adds value and raises the standards of Thai herbs towards international standards. Those that are interested may ask for more information by calling 02-592-1999 extension 1204 or 080-066-6091” said Dr. Amorn.