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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Abstract Of Atis Leaves - Anti-Dengue Solution

Atis is one of my fave fruit. It is very refreshing and may be eaten raw or made into an excellent ice cream. Atis is considered as among the country’s important crops given its various uses not only for food but more for natural medicines. Aside from bearing fruits of white, sweet, soft, and juicy, also yields leaves where government health researchers found extracts for the formulation of an effective anti-mosquito repellant. As a result of its latest studies on atis, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) said it has came out with the Atis Lotion Mosquito Repellent that was formulated using the extracts of its leaves mixed with other locally available materials.
“This mosquito repellent will surely be a great help to the efforts of the government to address the dengue fever-menace currently spreading terror among residents especially school-age children in various parts of the country,” Tomas Briñas, the regional director for Bicol of the DOST announced.
It is not only against dengue, but against all mosquito-borne diseases like malaria and filariasis especially in areas of the country where incidence is high. It also serves as a personal care product used in preventing mosquito bites that cause itchiness, inflammation and discomfort to individuals, he said. The repellent uses a washable, mineral oil – based formulation and its biodegrable since, it is derived from advantage against other well known repellents which are chemical based in formulation.

The Atis Lotion is composed of 10.125 percent mineral oil, 1.02 percent Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, nine percent Propylene Glycol, 0.22 percent Methyl Paraben, 0.135 percent Propyl Paraben, 70 percent water and 10 percent plant extract, Briñas said. The leaves, bark and seeds contain alkaloid and chloroplatinate, a group of nitrogen-containing compounds that are physiologically active as poisons or drugs that are used as ingredients for medicines that kill lice, Briñas said.

Need a cost effective way to get rid of mosquitoes? Try making your own Atis leaves candles or citronella candles and eliminate mosquitoes while providing a romantic, outdoor setting.

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