At Herbal Apothecary were reuniting science and nature through rigorous targeted research. We seek to produce natural medicines of the highest quality. We regularly conduct research, finding evidence for the products our practitioners use.
Some of our Research Partners
We have worked with each of the following organisations, and many more besides, on far-reaching research projects.
In-House Research Lead by Shankar Katekhaye PhD
Shankar works at Nature’s Laboratory, home of Herbal Apothecary, as a Director of Research and Quality, a post he has held since May 2021. He has been associated with Natures laboratory as a Quality and Research Manager since June 2019. Before this he has worked as Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate. This was a joint project between University of Bradford and Nature’s Laboratory (May 2017-May 2019). Shankar is graduate in Pharmacy with Masters in Natural Products (Traditional medicine) and holds a doctorate in Phytochemistry and Pharmacognosy.
Shankar works on the development and implementation of our quality management system. He has helped us to implement a robust quality management system in compliance with ISO9001:2015 and HACCP system. Shankar has been also involved in research based on Apiceuticals. Shankar has research the biological activity of propolis and quality control of BeeVital products.
Our in-house laboratory was established by Shankar and now Nature’s Laboratory offers the analytical services and contract research in the field of herbal, apiceuticals and natural products. We have successfully undertaken projects on product development, content analysis, standardization of herbals.
In Shankar’s opinion, bringing age-old knowledge and unexplored wealth of herbal medicine to the public would be valuable contribution to the health care system. Delivering quality medicine is at the core of his ethos as a herbal professional. As a result, building sustainable supply chains for herbals is paramount to his efforts in our business.
Nature’s Laboratory’s Academic Research Partners
Academic partners over the last 15 years have included:
- Strathclyde University
- University of Bradford
- Biorenewables Development Centre
- University of York
- Leeds Beckett University
- University of Oxford
- University of Birmingham
- University of East London
Together with our academic partners we have published numerous peer reviewed research papers.
We are currently part-funding a PhD research project at Leeds Beckett University. This study is looking into the use of propolis alonside pharmaceutical antiobiotics. There is evidence to suggest that taking propolis supplements alongside antiobiotics can overcome some of the issues surrounding antibiotic resistance.
With Apiceutical Research we are working on a project which is exploring the unique properties of propolis from different parts of the globe.
We are an active member of the IPRG:
Research has always driven what we have wanted to achieve here at Nature’s Laboratory. With Shankar’s help we have been able to undertake research projects into both our bee products and our herbal medicines. Our well-equipped lab gives us the capacity to undertake our own experiments, meaning we can undertake many more research projects than would otherwise be possible.James Fearnley, CEO
Conducting Research in Laboratory
Our laboratory is home to a brand new HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) system. Shankar is a highly qualified Research Chemist who joined Nature’s Laboratory under the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme. Supported by the University of Bradford, Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science, the KTP pairs academics with businesses. We are now able to carry out both routine in-process analysis as well as specific research work into plant materials and bee products. Professor Anant Paradkar, Director of the Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science, supervises our research experiments.
Evidence Backed Products Herbalists Can Trust
We’re committed to research because we want to produce products practitioners can trust.
A Selection of Our Research Papers
- Comparative study of the antibacterial activity of propolis from different geographical and climatic zones
- The use of propolis in dentistry, oral health, and medicine: A review
- Antimethicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) activity of ‘pacific propolis’ and isolated prenylflavanones
- Chemical characterisation of Nigerian red propolis and its biological activity against Trypanosoma Brucei
- Analysis of sugars in bee pollen and propolis by ligand exchange chromatography in combination with pulsed amperometric detection and mass spectrometry
- Antiviral, Antibacterial, Antifungal, and Antiparasitic Properties of Propolis: A Review