In Switzerland in the seventies, yoga, acupuncture, meditation and ginger were not common terms. Little was known about Asian cultures and healing practices. Nevertheless, a small Swiss company tried to build bridges between these worlds. It set itself the goal of scientifically researching and producing centuries-old formulas from Tibetan medicine. With success. The best-known formula PADMA 28N has been on the market for 40 years and is now a proven classic of phytotherapy.
It all started with an ancient formula from the collection of recipes handed down by a Tibetan family of doctors: the camphor recipe “Gabur”. In 1977, the Swiss company PADMA AG achieved a sensation. They managed to further develop the complex 28th recipe of this collection and register it as a medicinal product for circulatory disorders.
The key is the holistic approach
The formulas from Tibetan medicine consist of a variety of different ingredients that support each other in their effect and balance out possible undesirable effects. As a result, these multi-substance mixtures act simultaneously on several levels in the body and have few side effects.
«Plants carry protective substances in them that protect them from solar radiation or enemies,» explains Dr Schwabl. «Substances like polyphenols, tannins or flavonoids also have an effect in our body. However, we have almost completely banned them from our modern, industrially produced diet – and now we lack their protective function. Herbal preparations such as PADMA 28N can fill this gap.»
The biophysicist also takes personal advantage of this fact: «As an office worker and company boss, I am not always immune to stress and lack of exercise. Our herbal formulations are an ideal form of prevention for me. However, I never swallow the capsules whole, but open them to release the taste of the powder. The bitter substances in them are for me like an echo of that wholeness that we lack today.»
«Bitter» necessary in our time
The Tibetans recognised early on that the tart and bitter substances in plants also contain important messenger substances for our health. Since the body cannot produce these substances itself, they must be supplied to the organism. In today’s diet, however, it is precisely the flavours “tart” and “bitter” that have almost disappeared.
In the composition of Tibetan medicines, myrobalan with its tart and bitter taste is one of the central plants. Modern research also knows that its herbal protective substances have an anti-inflammatory and positive effect on the immune system.
Tibetan knowledge in Swiss quality
PADMA 28N consists of powdered herbs, a mineral and natural camphor. The mixture is produced in Switzerland according to the highest quality standards.