Written by Dentistry Today Monday, 29 April 2013 15:15
An ancient Incan remedy may have some practical value today.
The rainforest remedy has made it through the first two stages of clinical trials on its way to being utilized to thwart dental pain.
An anthropologist from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom spent time with the Keshwa Lamas people in the Peruvian rainforest. After spending time there, Dr. Francoise Barbira-Freedman pushed for the substance to undergo clinical trials.
The remedy comes from the Acmella Oleracea plant and has fared well thus far. The plant source is transformed into gel form for medical usage and the goal will be to reduce some anesthetic usage in the future.