Made from the leaves of a plant called "kalata-kalata," the tea speeds labour and delivery.
Scientists analysed the plant and discovered a remarkable new substance.
The study by David Craik, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Queensland in Australia, promises to turn kalata-like proteins, called cyclotides, into new drugs for treating health problems, such as antibiotic-resistant bacteria and even AIDS, which affect millions of people worldwide.
Craik, who discover the medicine while on a medical relief mission to Africa, is the winner of the 2011 ACS Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry.
The video of his research explains how cyclotides have a strong internal architecture that keeps them active when taken by mouth.