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Researchers Develop Possible Alternative Medicine For Pain

May 30, 2011 by  

Researchers develop possible alternative medicine for painThe leaves of the crepe jasmine plant have long been used in Asia as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Now, researchers at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered that a byproduct of the plant’s bark called conolidine may be powerful enough to rival morphine in the pain-killing arena.

Moreover, they found that a synthetic version of the compound is just as effective, an important finding given the rarity of conolidine.

The possible new drug has undergone several clinical trials with promising results. It has been shown to be readily absorbed by the body and effectively relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Additionally, it appears to have no side effects at this point in testing.

“The lack of side effects makes it a very good candidate for development,” said researcher Laura Bohn. “On the other hand, if there were side effects, they might provide additional clues as to how the compound works at the molecular level.”

Authors of the study noted that morphine is addictive, can be deadly when taken in excess and has side effects that include nausea, constipation and respiratory problems.

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  • http://Personellibertydigest Robert Laquerre

    “a synthetic version of the compound is just as effective, an important finding given the rarity of conolidine.”

    Don’t understand why one would wish to use a synthetic version
    although just as effective. Wouldn’t a synthetic shoulder more risk
    for side effects?
    This is worth doing a little more due diligence before actually
    using to reduce pain.
    Anyone out there know of or has used this product? If found to be safe DMSO would help deliver the compound to the afflicted area.


  • Albino.

    Shhhhhhhhh…….. Don’t let the pharmaceutical companies know, they’ll pay off the fed’s to make the crepe jasmine plant a schedule 1 drug!!

  • granny mae

    Since they have been able to reproduce this compound chemically they can patent it! In my opinion the chemical may hold some form of side effect where as the natural compound is there in companionship with other things in the plant that may keep it from producing side effects. For instance , some things when isolated cause a dificiency in something else because they are found in nature in companionship with other substances. Like B vitamins. When you take one vitamin such as B1 eventually it causes a difficiency in all the other B’s. Same type of thing happens with Vitamine E. Today we take the Vitamin E in the form with mixed tocopherals ! We will see what happens with this.


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