Research

Research

MH Enhance Quality Assurance

Commitment to Quality

MediHerb’s renowned commitment to quality, safety and efficacy extends across the MH Enhance range of nutritional products. First and foremost, the practitioner can be assured that our Quality Assurance Manager defines the requirements of laboratory testing required for each product and personally authorises the release for sale. Independent TGA certified laboratories that have expertise in nutritional assays conduct the analysis of the products. Should the products for some reason not meet our exacting quality standards, they are rejected just as the MediHerb herbal products are.

Safety in the Formulation

Safety is high on the agenda when it comes to MH Enhance product formulation. Any ingredient that is considered for inclusion in a particular product must go through a thorough assessment of its safety and toxicology. From this perspective, we assess how much of this nutrient is found in the food supply, the appropriate forms and the amounts used in any scientific research on that ingredient. Strict standards are also predetermined to ensure only quality materials from reputable sources are used and that there is adequate data available on its stability.

Synergy and Efficacy

Every MH Enhance product has been carefully formulated by Kerry Bone and our team of naturopaths and nutritional experts. Considerable research and development goes into each formulation, to ensure today's practitioners can be confident in meeting their patients' needs.

From our own experience, we fully understand the necessity for products that meet a genuine health need and work quickly to resolve it. To help achieve this, we take into account the patient - who may have an established nutrient deficiency or a diet that may be devoid in certain nutrients. We also look at the health conditions and diseases most prevalent today.

Our goal is to combine a synergistic blend of nutrients into a product that addresses a specific health issue, such as cardiovascular health, improved blood glucose control or enhanced joint health. Because we focus on the inclusion of synergistic nutrients, MH Enhance products may not appear to have the highest levels of individual nutrients - but each product will contain all the right cofactors.

Herbs are included in MH Enhance products, where we feel they may add further therapeutic benefit. These inclusions are the same quality MediHerb herbal extracts used in our herbal products range and of course are at therapeutic dosages.

For all MH Enhance products, the MediHerb mission is to provide safe, high quality, bioavailable nutritional products that will support modern health needs. This fundamental principle drives MediHerb to research extensively, then translate credible scientific evidence into nutritional products that work

Your patients can have the utmost confidence that the product they are taking contains exactly what is on the label, utilises the best forms and combinations of nutrients to achieve the desired effect, and has the MediHerb quality guarantee.

MH Enhance - Enhancing Your Patients' Health

For over 25 years MediHerb has provided health care professionals with high quality herbal extracts and formulations backed by extensive research and world class education. MediHerb is the Trust Mark in Herbal Medicine.

To complement MediHerb’s herbal range and to provide you with enhanced clinical solutions, MediHerb developed the exciting nutritional brand MH Enhance.

MH Enhance was inspired by you, our customers, who desired a range of nutritional products from the brand you trust. Developed by you, MH Enhance nutritional products incorporate nutrients and where appropriate, therapeutic dosages of MediHerb quality herbs for optimal clinical results.

MediHerb’s renowned commitment to quality is applied to the MH Enhance range of nutritionals. This ensures that you receive a product that has undergone rigorous testing and consequently your patient receives a therapeutic solution.

The Science of Botanicals: MediHerb Research

For over 25 years MediHerb has been a pioneer, dedicated to the research and development of premium quality professional products. We are extremely fortunate to have an outstanding team of people in Research and Development and Quality Control: over 14 scientists including two chemistry PhDs, a biochemistry PhD, two herbalists, nine chemists, and a dietician. Together the team has diverse industry experience in food and herbal products, university research, drug analysis in hospitals, pharmaceuticals, quality assurance, technical writing and clinical nutrition.

Based at the Integria Healthcare head office and laboratories, the Research and Development team closely collaborate with the University of Queensland, Griffith University, Southern Cross University and University of New England.

The research team is led by Professor Kerry Bone and Associate Professor Reg Lehmann and assisted by MediHerb’s technical writer, Michelle Morgan.

 Professor Kerry Bone
 B. Sc. (Chemistry) Honours, Dip. Phyt.

Kerry, as the co-founder of MediHerb and Director of Research and Development, is the innovation driver and quality guardian. Globally renowned for his herbal expertise both as a researcher and clinician, Kerry is adjunct Associate Professor at the New York Chiropractic College. A published author of six authoritative herbal text books used by naturopathic schools across the world, and thousands of referenced articles, Kerry is undoubtedly leading the herbal profession into the future.

 Associate Professor Reg Lehmann
 B. App. Sc. (Chemistry), Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry), Grad. Dip. Management

Since 1996, Reg has been responsible for a variety of areas at MediHerb: Quality Assurance, Production, Technical and Research. His background includes the brewing industry, and since 1994 he has been working in the herbal field. In his present position, Reg is responsible for the group’s research activities such as clinical trial management, phytochemical research, and agronomic research. Reg is regarded as a leading phytochemist around the world and has been invited to present at numerous international scientific conferences. In recognition of the collaborative work undertaken with the University of Queensland, Reg has been recognised with the position of Adjunct Associate Professor within the School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences.

 Michelle Morgan
 B. Sc. (Chemistry), D.H.M.

Michelle has worked in the scientific field as a laboratory technician for many years and has spent over three years as a Quality Assurance Chemist. Since 1995 Michelle has worked at MediHerb as a Technical Writer responsible for information gathering and organising technical publications. She assisted in the research and writing of several herbal medicine text books including the award-winning The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety, published by Elsevier in 2005. Michelle is a qualified herbalist.

MediHerb Herbal Research Objectives

The research group is committed to the development of efficacious herbal therapies. This involves three major areas of focus, which are all interconnected:

  • Formulation of efficacious herbal solutions to meet patients’ needs
  • Validating the efficacy of herbal formulas by clinical trials and in vitro research
  • Researching the phytochemistry of medicinal plants

It is by combining phytochemical, biochemical, clinical and traditional herbal knowledge that MediHerb can continue to produce high quality products, which meet the changing needs of the market.

The Research Laboratory is well equipped with gas chromatographs (GC), thin layer chromatography (TLC), ultra-violet-visible (UV-Vis) spectrophotometers, high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) and high performance liquid chromatographs (HPLC). The HPLCs are equipped with photo diode array (PDA), evaporative light scattering detectors (ELSD) and sophisticated mass spectrometer (MS) detectors. Access to nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and infra-red (IR) spectrometers, polarimeters, gas chromatographs with mass spectrometer detection and HPLC with MS/MS capabilities is available at The University of Queensland campus.

The Research and Development team works closely with herbalists and naturopaths within the company and with a board of leading Australian and international herbalists on product development. This ensures that MediHerb has taken the best of science, traditional knowledge and current clinical knowledge to make the most therapeutic herbal and nutritional solutions relevant to your clinical practice.

"MediHerb employs more scientists in Research and Development than any Australian and British practitioner company"

New Product Development Process

MediHerb has a rigorous new product development process, which ensures that the appropriate steps are undertaken when investigating the introduction of a new product. By reviewing all the relevant information available regarding the therapeutic outcome, we are seeking to develop a short list of key herbs and nutrients which are then subjected to closer analysis.
This involves detailed examination of the:

  • Clinical outcomes
  • Phytochemistry/Biological activity
  • Analytical methodology
  • Continuity of supply
  • Economic sustainability
  • Synergy of the final formula
  • Cost to the patient
  • Practicality of final dose formulation

Once the prototype formulation is agreed upon, MediHerb may undertake a controlled human trial to prove the efficacy and safety of the product. This may either be a full clinical trial or may be an open trial in conjunction with our experienced clinicians (feedback trial). Products with well-documented evidence of traditional use are often subjected to the feedback trial. For more novel formulations that do not have significant traditional use, a full clinical trial evaluation may be performed.