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J & J DeChane in Times of India on 25th August 2018

Bank Street, once the financial nerve centre of the city, is home to several businessmen and traders. The Street has a character of its own — rows of old shops selling jewellery, garments, bakers, and stores that sell alternative medicines in the midst of the constant din of traffic. The Residency Road in the bustling Bank Street was once a landmark. It had one of the oldest bars (1884) in the city called ‘Rustom Fram Bar’ run by a Parsi family. Like the Rustom Frames, several others had to shutter their doors falling to competition. Some, however, survived to tell their story. On the Residency Road, a huge signboard “100 years of trust” hangs on a 100-year-old building, the external façade not preparing one to what lies inside.

Once inside, passing through layers of security and scrutiny, reveals the century-old regal beauty reminiscent of the Mughal architecture. A verandah that faces a courtyard open to the sky with natural light seeping into the pool of water, plants laden in a perfect row and groves of flowering trees

encircle the sprawling lawn. This building in Abids on an expansive land, once called the Abid Manzil, houses the residence of the de Souzas, who have been in the business of herbal medicines since 1917 and beside it is the office of J & J DeChane Laboratories Private Limited.


The de Souza surname that dates back to the pre-Portuguese era is probably derived from the Sousa River in Portugal. “Our family has been living in Hyderabad for the last four generations,” says Wendy de Souza, a Goan from Bombay seated next to her husband Dr Wilfred de Souza, the chairman and managing director of J & J De-Chane Laboratories. The de Souzas are, perhaps, one of the oldest Goan families who made Hyderabad their home nearly a century ago. Some early Goan families in Secunderabad have migrated to Australia, England or other Indian cities. Incidentally, the de Souzas’ home once served as the hostel for medicos of the Osmania Medical College before Durante de Souza’s son Dr John de Souza bought it from the Nawabs. Opposite the de Souzas was the old residence of N T Rama Rao and next to the former CM’s residence was Dr Sarojini Naidu’s son Dr Jayasurya Naidu’s homoeopathic clinic. “My grandfather Durante F. de Souza started the company in Hyderabad in 1917 by formulating medications that would be efficacious, free from side-effects and most importantly affordable,” informs Dr Wilfred de Souza, a member of the Indian Medical Association and president of the Goan Welfare Association representing around 2,000 Goans in Hyderabad. Durante F. de Souza, who was well read in alternative medicine, studied the diverse age-old healing systems of ayurveda, homeopathy and modern allopathy. He then married the three medical healing systems to develop a spectrum of herbal medicines to treat ailments both common and chronic. Durante, Dr Wilfred de Souza informs, designed a medical kit containing eight medicines and a chart specifying the treatment. The remedies were numbered from one to eight, and every bottle in the box could be used when a patient suffered from a particular set of symptoms. Early DeChane products came in the form of powders, which over a period of time diversified into tablets, capsules, ointments, medicated oils, oral liquids, granules and even injectables. “Soon, physicians across India from Kerala, Tamil Nadu to villages in UP and Punjab, Gujarat and Maharashtra started prescribing DeChane products,” says Dr Wilfred de Souza, a graduate of the Gandhi Medical College.

In the 1960s, Durante’s son, Dr John de Souza, father of Dr Wilfred de Souza, automated the manufacturing process with machines procured from UK and across the world. A century on, J & J DeChane Laboratories now has a modern manufacturing facility in Nacharam, one that manufactures a range of DeChane’s herbal cures, including its flagship product Albo-Sang in adherence to GMP norms. Today, the company employs over 250 people. According to some estimates, around 70 million people in India use traditional medicine and nearly 5 lakh ayurvedic medical practitioners are registered in the country.

“For generations, people across India have made use of DeChane products to keep themselves in good health at affordable prices,” says Rohit, who along with his sisters Dr Nisha and Dr Shaila are the fourth generation members of the de Souza family carrying on the herbal medicines business started by their great-grandfather Durante de Souza.

Albovit – More than just a protein supplement

Proteins are essential for the human body to survive. Not only do they make up a part of the body structure, they also serve as a source of fuel to the body. The exact protein needs of the human body differ according to sex and age of the person. So how much protein is required per day:

Adult men – 56 grams per day
Adult Women – 46 grams per day
Teenage boys – 52 grams per day
Teenage girls – 46 grams per day
Kids (6 -14) – 19 – 34 grams per day
Pregnant/Nursing women – 71 grams per day

Albovit is a preparation from J & J DeChane Laboratories Pvt Ltd – a 100-year-old company based in Hyderabad, India. Scientifically formulated, Albovit not only takes care of the protein requirements but also nourishes the body with a combination of Shatavari, Almonds, Dates, and Saffron.

Almonds are an incredibly rich source of vitamin E, calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium. Zinc, potassium, selenium, copper and niacin which are required in minute quantities by the human body can also be found in Almonds. The best thing about these almonds are that they help increase the level of good cholesterol (High-Density Lipoproteins or HDL) while lowering bad cholesterol (Low-Density Lipoproteins or LDL).

Dates have been consumed since ancient times. Packed with calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, zinc and magnesium, dates are recommended for constipation, intestinal disorders, heart problems, anaemia, sexual dysfunction, diarrhea, abdominal cancer, and muscle development.

Shatavari is the best female rejuvenative known to mankind. Apart from its uses as a laxative and nutritive tonic, Shatavari is used to increase milk secretion in nursing mothers. Shatavari works equally well for males too. Ayurvedic texts like the Susruta Samhita states that it purifies the semen.

Saffron has been used since the ancient ages and is the most exotic of spices. It also is the costliest of herbs and with good reason. With demonstrated efficacy in mild to moderate depression, it is also used to stimulate digestion and treat dysmenorrhoea in girls.

BIOSAL-Ayurvedic gripe water from DeChane

BIOSAL-Ayurvedic gripe water from DeChane,is a dependable herbal remedy for digestive troubles afflicting infants and children of young age. Biosal is free from ALCOHOL, CHLOROFORM, NARCOTICS and SEDATIVES.

Biosal has nine Ayurvedic herbs. Pipli is antibacterial and hepatoprotective. Balaharde is used in flatulence. Sunth and Ajwan are used as aromatics, carminatives, stimulants and digestives. Bach helps in easy digestion. Revandchini acts as an astringent bitter and is useful in diarrhoea. Jethimadh modulates the immune system. Talispatra is a carminative and stomachic.

Biosal is used to treat stomach-ache, flatulence, sleeplessness, acidity and teething disorders. It gives relief in colic, prevents diarrhoea and gives tone to the digestive system.

New born infants: 1/4 teaspoon 2 to 3 times a day.
1 month to 6 months: 1-2 teaspoon 2 to 3 times a day.
6 months to 1 year: 1 teaspoon 2 to 3 times a day.
2 years: 1 to 2 teaspoons 2 to 3 times a day.
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Diabetes Control, easier to prevent than cure!

By the year 2027, the number of diabetic patients in the world is expected to be around 570 million. A significant number of these patients would be from India. Diabetes, a disorder that found mention in the ancient Indian Ayurvedic texts, is now a major health problem. Sedentary lifestyles, a lack of proper diet and, the uncontrolled use of fertilizers and pesticides thought to be major causes for the explosion of this disorder. If left untreated, diabetes can cause life-threatening complications. Allopathic treatments range from the use of oral hypoglycaemic drugs in Type 2 diabetes to insulin injection in Type 1 diabetes. The treatment though effective is not holistic and has its limitations.

Ayurveda, the oldest known system of medicine known to mankind offers some alternatives to a society bereft of ideas. Ayurveda indicates regimented medication, nutritious diet consumed at strict intervals and proper exercise to ensure a normal life for a diabetes patient.

Mersina from J & J DeChane Laboratories Private Limited is a 40-year-old product comprising of 10 potent ingredients and is used to effectively control Type 2 diabetes. Some of the major ingredients include:

Merasingi (Gymnema sylvestre): Known as Madhnashini in Sanskrit, it has been used in Ayurveda for close to two thousand years to treat diabetes. It is said to regenerate, repair and stimulate the beta cells of the pancreas which secrete insulin. Absorption of sugar into the body is also curtailed by this herb. In fact, this herb reduces the desire to consume anything sweet. It also helps in controlling the cholesterol.

Karela (Momordica charantia): Known as bitter gourd, bitter melon or bitter squash, this humble vegetable cultivated across India has shown potent hypoglycemic activity.

Methi (Trigonella foenum graecum): Known as Fenugreek, it is a popular condiment used across India for centuries. Widely used for its cosmetic and culinary properties, it is significantly lowers serum cholesterol levels (14 %) and increases glyoxalase 1 activity in liver. It is also responsible for stimulating the secretion of insulin from the pancreas when required and thus helps maintaining blood sugar levels.

Neem (Melia azadirachta): Natures boon to mankind, Neem has been a true friend of human civilization as every part of the tree exudes some benefit or other to mankind. The herb is said to increase the insulin secretions from the beta cells of the Islets of Langerhans. Continuous use helps prevent or delays the onset of the disease in humans.

Aunla (Phyllanthus emblica): Available across India, the Indian Gooseberry is probably the most important natural source of Vitamin C. The fruit is used in Ayurvedic medicines for a variety of reasons including rejuvenation, blood purification, strengthening the heart, enhancing the intellect and for benefiting the eyes.

Amla also regulates carbohydrate metabolism and makes the body more responsive to insulin – factors which reduce the blood sugar levels.

Doctors recommend a dose of 1 to two capsules three times a day half an hour before breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Mersina is available in a pack of 5 strips of 10 capsules at all major Ayurvedic outlets.

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