Herbal remedies used around the world for centuries actually work. That’s what scientists from King’s College in London recently learned, in a series of studies that were presented at the September 2004 British Pharmaceutical Conference in Manchester. The researchers looked at treatments such as Indian curry leaf and the Ghanian climbing dayflower and found that they effectively treated diabetes and aided in wound healing, respectively. Several other treatments from days of old also showed promise. “I think the major impact of the research is to show that traditional remedies have some scientific backing and should not be dismissed as old wives’ tales,” said Peter Houghton, PhD, professor in the department of pharmacy at King’s College.