Assoc. Prof. Agnes L. Castillo, RPh, PhD, a faculty member of the Faculty of Pharmacy and researcher of the Research Center for Natural and Applied Sciences, presented a research paper entitled “Anti-inflammatory activity of selected Pandanus species in the Philippines” in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Castillo’s paper was presented during the 6th International Conference on Pharmacy and Advanced Pharmaceutical Sciences and the 3rd International Conference on Pharmacy Education and Research Network of ASEAN.
The research used alcohol and aqueous extracts from the leaves of Pandanus luzonensis, Pandanus panayensis, and Pandanus simplex, and crude extracts were subjected to carrageenan-induced paw edema test.
The findings of the study showed that ethanolic leaf extract of P. panayensis showed sustained inhibitory effects with comparable inhibitory activity, leading to the conclusion that the extract has potential benefits in treating inflammatory conditions.
Castillo’s co-authors in the paper were Prima M. de Jesus, Kerstin Mariae G. Ponsaran, Prof. Jovencio G. Apostol, PhD, and Prof. Maribel G. Nonato, PhD, whose seminal research on the Pandanus helped spur efforts to study the species.