A New Drug from Himalayan Folk Medicine

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Dr. Michael Poulter at Western University is working on a new anti-seizure medication made from Delphinium denudatum, a plant native to the Himalayas. Delphinium has been used for centuries to treat seizures by medical practitioners in India. Dr. Poulter now has an extract from the plant, which is called isoxylitone (ISOX). He has shown that ISOX can stop seizures in animal models of epilepsy, and is currently working with OB Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company, to make and test new ISOX compounds.

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