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News: UZ Scientists Produce Herbal Cocktail
The Herald
5 July 2007
Scientists at the University of Zimbabwe say they have made a breakthrough in producing a herbal cocktail that reduces HIV viral load in a patient's bloodstream by up to 90 percent within two months of therapy.
The drug, called Gundamiti, has been developed from herbs after 14 years of research. UZ scientists claim that it is potent enough to increase disease-fighting CD4 blood cells in the range 400-to-1500/ml in two months.

The herbal cocktail is currently being manufactured from the University of Zimbabwe but moves are underway to establish a factory to manufacture the drug on a large scale. Gundamiti is already being distributed in the country in capsule form.
"Gundamiti is a herbal remedy specifically designed to fight the effects of HIV in humans. It is made up of water extracts of three plants. These plants are in use as medicinal remedies," said the lead researcher, Dr Peter Mashava of the Department of Science and Mathematics Education.
The Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Edwin Muguti, yesterday said the drug had proven that it could reduce the effects of HIV.

"We are aware of the claims that have been made regarding its potential. It is a herbal combination that has showed some promise in the treatment of some illnesses. It has anti-retroviral properties and seems to improve the clinical life of some people," said Dr Muguti.
He said the Government was not actively involved in the research but supports organisations involved in the research.
"We have institutions and scientists that have been working on research projects with our support. With Gundamiti, we have researchers from the University of Zimbabwe and other institutions that are involved in this project.
"We did our own preliminary investigation and were satisfied with the results. We informed the researchers that we are backing them. Research has been going on since the 1990s but we only started getting tangible results in November 2005," said Dr Muguti.

Dr Mashava said so far the drug cannot completely cure Aids but is very effective against opportunistic infections associated with HIV.

He claimed it has lowered the viral load in the range 50-90 percent in two months. Studies have proven that the drug has no known side effects, with studies of both the liver and kidney functions being shown to be safe, he added.
The distribution of the drug has caused a storm with the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe saying it was not registered with them.
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