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Research into Herbal Pracitioner Products

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At Herbal Apothecary we seek to produce natural medicines of the highest quality. We regularly conduct research, finding evidence for the products our practitioners use.

Nature’s Laboratory Research Advisory Group

Highly qualified scientific personnel support our work. Our Scientific Advisory Board includes top academics from the world of plant and bee medicines. Chaired by Professor Sir Kenneth Stuart, Professor Peter Houghton, Professor Philip Calder and Professor Anant Paradkar are all part of the board.

Shankar Katekhaye PhD

Shankar Katekhaye

Shankar Katekhaye (PhD.) works at Nature’s Laboratory 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 Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
  • University of Bradford, Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science
  • Biorenewables Development Centre
  • University of York
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • University of Oxford
  • The University of Birmingham
  • The University of East London

Together with our academic partners we have published numerous peer reviewed research papers.

Current Collaborations

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. Propolis has a different chemical structure depending on where it is gathered from. This is because propolis is made from plant and tree resins and their chemical make-up varies between species.

Propolis is a natural substance created by bees

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.

Herbal Medicine Research

Evidence Backed Products Herbalists Can Trust

We’re committed to research because we want to produce products practitioners can trust. Providing an evidence base for the efficacy of our herbal products is a vital part of our product development strategy.