Research on Cretan herbs against infections awarded during Healthcare Business Awards 2017

18 September 2017
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The Clinic for Social and Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Crete was awarded during this year’s “Healthcare Business Awards” for its research on the effectiveness of an extract of three traditional Cretan herbs on upper respiratory tract infection.

The Clinic was awarded the bronze metal for “Research in Universities/ Educational Institutes/ Research Centres”, in acknowledgment of the pioneering and innovative research made with significant impact on society.

The study that led to this award is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of the extract of three Cretan herbs, sage (Salvia fruticosα), thyme (Coridothymus capitatus) and dittany (Origanum dictamnus), in patients with respiratory tract infections, such as common cold and flu.

The study was designed based on strictest specifications and is titled “Reporting effectiveness of an extract of three traditional Cretan herbs on upper respiratory tract infection:
results from a double-blind randomized controlled trial». It was published in the “Journal of Ethnopharmacology” in April 2015. However, the beneficial effectiveness of these three herbs was first noticed many years ago, and in 1998 the first in-vitro studies on their antioxidative effect were published.

The award was accepted by the Chief of the Clinic, Christos Lionis, Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Crete, also one of the four professors of the University of Crete supervising the study that lead to the development of an innovative product currently available in the Greek market.

“This is a great honour and valued compensation for the efforts made by the team of the University of Crete which consisted of professors, namely, Prof. Ilias Kastanas, Prof. Stergios Pyrintsos and Prof. Georgios Sourvinos, as well as researchers from the Faculties of Medicine, Biology and Chemistry”, said Dr. Lionis.

“Our research was based on hypotheses deriving from the Cretan tradition and anthropological observations. We proceeded with in-vitro studies and a clinical trial and this is how the Minoan and Ancient Greek history along with local Cretan tradition merged with bio-medical research and led to this clinical trial, contributing to the validation and development of a product that is already available in the Greek market.

We would never have reached this achievement without the support of the Greek pharmaceutical company Galenica /Olvos Science. We also value the participation of local producers such as the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Rethimno that promotes sustainable development while supporting its homeland and our country”.

Healthcare Business Awards are hosted every year by Health Daily magazine and Boussias Communications. This year’s ceremony was attended by more than 400 esteemed members of the Healthcare industry and aimed at highlighting and rewarding business excellence, innovation, development initiatives and best practices by enterprises, institutions and bodies in the Health sector.

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