Buchu, a new drug in the making that could replace antibiotics

Buchu is medicinal plant cultivated in the Western Cape which is part of the Cape Flora Kingdom. And recent reports say the plant could replace antibiotics in recent times.

Native to South Africa, the buchus grow as shrubs with leathery leaves that have oil-glandular dots on the underside.

Historically, buchu has been used to treat inflammation, and kidney and urinary tract infections.

Africa Melane spoke to Prof. Patrick Bouic about the buchu plant and how soon can it be made available to the public.

According to Bouic it is currently difficult to tell how soon the medicine will be made available because it still has to go through clinical trial processes. He says at the moment they are quite certain that the plant can kill bacteria.

Listen to the full conversation below:


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