Mushroom-based medicines

Philippine Daily Inquirer

HERBANEXT IS THE BRAINCHILD OF TOYM awardee, scientist-agriculturist Philip Cruz whose personal interest with the healing potentials of mushrooms, particularly the ganoderma lucidum variety (a polypore mushroom found growing on dead logs in the deepest forests in China), paved the way for the company’s pioneering product, Ganomax R. Together with his colleague, Integrative Medicine physician, Dr. Regio Sales, Herbanext later produced other medications that form the Gano Defense System: Ganomax 5, Glucogan (for blood circulation), Flamagan (for the control of inflammation/arthritis), Ganogest (for controlling ulcer and digestion problems) and Hepagan (for liver support).

 According to Herbanext marketing manager Ruby Tanya Cruz, the Gano defense system line is formulated from organically-farmed herbs to naturally address key illnesses. “It advocates an integrated, holistic approach towards alternative healing and by these, patients are allowed to manage their health inadequacies and problems without the ill-side effects that usually come with synthetic drugs,” Cruz said.

Currently operating the first GMP-certified laboratory in Western Visayas region in Bago City, Negros Occidental, Herbanext also runs a 5-hectare organic herbal nursery which, in collaboration with the Quiet Place Farm Resort, grows Cruz’s collection of rare herbs and supplies the healing plants used for the company’s continuing research and development. As of present, the cultivation of ganoderma lucidum in Negros is considered the largest in the country.

Apart from plans to work with local farmer groups for the wide-scale contract growing of herbs accordingly with the established protocols of farm-based GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) to ensure the quality of raw materials used by its laboratory, Herbanext has also recently introduced its latest range of herbal teas, with several new formulations already in the testing stage.

The Herbanext Gano Defense System is available in leading drugstores nationwide. Its herbal tea range and other manufactured products are also sold in Daily Apple kiosks in leading malls in Iloilo City and Metro Manila. For more details, call (02) 931-6075 / 0922-8609624 or e-mail [email protected]