Detailed and exhaustive research of a tree bark used in Samoa to make medicinal tea could perhaps lead to a cure for Aids, as announced during an important scientific conference in the US.
The US National Cancer Institute conducted an analysis of the bark and narrowed down on the main ingredient which is prostratin. Nearly two decades of study and research has led to the latest breakthrough of synthesized prostratin.
Scientists have also devised novel and effective ways of making prostratin which can treat AIDS and also be of use in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and cancer.
The new versions of prostratin have already revealed its capability in laboratory tests in preventing HIV from infecting human cells and awakening dormant HIV viruses.