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Dubai company to unveil herbal cures

With herbal remedies becoming increasingly popular around the world, Planet Herbs Lifesciences, a Dubaibased developer of medicinal herbs is keen to raise awareness of its products at the Middle East Natural & Organic Products Expo

With herbal remedies becoming increasingly popular around the world, Planet Herbs Lifesciences, a Dubai-based developer of medicinal herbs is keen to raise awareness of its products at the Middle East Natural & Organic Products Expo.

The company, which is based in Jebel Ali but has a research and development centre in Canada, and is constructing a production plant in India, is currently developing a portfolio of herbal remedies for ailments and conditions including migraine, varicose veins, arthritis and high cholesterol levels. While the company has not yet released products onto the market, it intends to launch six products in the UAE in the next few months, according to Gurmukh Ghuldu, managing director of the company. He added that the company has also found distributors for its products in Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. But Ghuldu is keen to stress that while many herbal products are appearing on retail shelves in what remains a largely unregulated market, Planet Herb Lifesciences has a strict focus on quality. "We are a heavily R&D-based organisation and the major emphasis on our plant is on quality control, so we have hired a very strong control management staff," he said.

"For herbal products the most important point is that apart from the rationale of the formulation, the product should be free of metals and pesticides. Our quality control is taking full care of that. We are not allowing any product to be released unless it is confirmed by our quality control unit."

Mr Ramachandran, of Planet Herbs added: "We are in a happy situation. Part of the exhibition seems interesting but it still lacks that seriousness in terms of more interaction between the people who are coming to the event - it definitely looks more promising than in the past."

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