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February 14, 2011

Sutherlandia plant begins HIV drug safety trials

SciDev.Net: "A traditional medicine that may relieve symptoms in AIDS patients is to undergo safety and efficacy tests in South Africa.

"The department of science and technology (DST) has awarded 10 million rand (US$1.4 million) for the study of Sutherlandia frutescens, which is often called the 'cancer bush' and is credited with wide-ranging powers to alleviate symptoms.

"The phase IIb trial will be conducted at the University of the Western Cape's South African Herbal Science and Medicine Institute (SAHSMI), which has been conducting scientific and clinical studies on the plant for seven years."