Forests in general play an important role in human life. Forests are considered the oldest pharmacy on earth. Medicinal plants are now becoming more widely used by people all over the world.

Due to recent stagnation crisis in development and approval of new drugs, a new approach to phytomedicines is taking place in which numerous natural products have been used in the development of new drugs that are effectively introduced into the pharmaceutical market or as phytomedicines (plant extracts chemically and pharmacologically standardized). Some of these extracts have been recognized by the Office of Clinical Pharmacology and properly approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”).

Grupo Farinchi represents a group of Controlled Forests in an operation fully approved and regulated by the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía - República de Costa Rica ("MINAE"), the National Regulatory Agency for the Environment and Energy in Costa Rica.

These forests are home to 23 different species of trees with biotechnology benefits while many other species are used in the biopharmaceutical industry.

A few of those trees and their properties are:

handroanthus impetiginosa – Known for their compounds extracts as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer activities. Enriched in Oleic Acid for hypocholesterolemic effect and a high oxidative stability, Palmitic Acid for pro-inflammatory mechanisms, and Linoleic Acid used for protective effects against cancer, obesity, diabetes, and atherosclerosis.

maclura tinctoria – Known for its antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-diabetic potential, insecticidal, antifungal, analgesic, anti-ulcer and cytotoxic properties. The leaves produce sucrose, glucose, gallic acid, fatty acids, phytosterol, octacosanoic acid, lupeol, α-. spinasterol, α-spinasterone.

tabebuia impetiginosa –The extracts from this tree works as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory agent, as well as analgesic, and sedative properties. It has been known to treat a wide range of internal and external afflictions such as fevers, colds, influenza, various skin ailments. It includes compounds beneficial to stimulate the immune system, such as flavonoids, anthraquinones, alkaloids, napthaquinones, and quercetin.

There are 23 different species of trees with biotechnology benefits and many other species used in the biopharmaceutical industry.

andira inermis
bursera simarouba
cedrela odorata
dalbergia retusa
enterolobium cyclocarpum
handroanthus impetiginosa or impetiginosus
hymenaea courbaril
leptolobium panamense
maclura tinctoria
manilkara zapota
bombacopsis quinata/pachira quinata
samanea saman
simarouba glauca
spondias mombin
trichilia hirta
dialium guianensis
tabebuia rosea
tabebuia impetiginosa
acosmium panamense
simarouba amara
gliricidia sepium
lonchocarpus costarricensis
pterocarpus michelianus marsupium

Please check our full biotechnology report for a full list of derivatives extracts and diseases treated by the trees produced in our forests.