Yerba Buena Tablet for Pain

INVENTORS: NIRPROMP

OVERVIEW: Adequate postoperative control of pain is necessary for the successful management of a patient who underwent surgery. The benefits of effective postoperative pain control include increased patient comfort and satisfaction, early mobilization with less heart and lung complications, as well as decreased risk of blood clots. Also, the patient also has a more rapid recovery with a reduced cost of care.

Every day, patients suffer from various types of pain, including headaches, muscular pain and sore muscles.

TECHNOLOGY FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS: Yerba Buena (Mentha cordifolia Opiz.) is an aromatic herb also known as mint, spearmint or marsh mint found in the Philippines. Its leaves have been drank by our ancestors as a tea for headaches, toothaches, arthritis and dysmenorrheal. Yerba Buena contains Menthalactone which has been shown to have analgesic or pain-relieving activity. The Yerba Buena has been clinically tested by the National Integrated Research Program on Medicinal Plants (NIRPROMP) to be safe and effective in relieving postoperative moderate to severe pain after circumcision, dental extractions and childbirth (post-episiorrhaphy) equivalent to paracetamol. Each tablet contains 500mg of Yerba Buena.

A single dose of Yerba Buena relieves post-operative pain within 30 min to 1 hour. Yerba Buena tablet is included in the Philippine National Formulary and thus may be purchased by both Government and private hospitals

INDICATIONS: Yerba Buena tablets are indicated for the relief of various types of pain including post-operative pain.

MARKET TRENDS AND OPPORTUNITIES: Numerous types of surgeries, both major and minor are performed in the Philippines every day. Yerba Buena may also be used for other causes of pain such as sore muscles, toothache and headache. The leading paracetamol brand sold more than Php1.4 Billion in 2014. Many patients prefer organic or herbal remedies for the treatment of their pain.