ImpiloVest introduces African wellness to a global audience 

A holistic approach to complementary and alternative medicine.

Approximately 88% of countries worldwide use natural medicines, including herbal medicines, acupuncture, yoga, indigenous therapies, and others, according to the World Health Organization’s Global Centre for Traditional Medicine. Natural medicine contributes significantly to the global health, wellness and beauty industries, which are worth billions of dollars.

Community empowerment and social uplift are key elements of the business model of ImpiloVest

In the pharmaceutical industry, natural products make up nearly 40% of the formulations. Some of the most commonly used drugs, such as aspirin and artemisinin, come from natural medicine. 

Moreover, 30 countries have incorporated natural medicine into their national policies, improving 100% since 2000. This is according to a statement by the WHO Regional Office for Africa. It reads that “39 countries have implemented regulatory frameworks for natural medicine practitioners, compared with one in 2000. A growing number of research institutes in 26 countries have devoted themselves to natural medicine research and development today. The resulting commercial potential is enormous if it is marketed appropriately internationally”.

The SA Traditional & Natural Health Association estimates that the industry generates nearly R15 billion annually, creating 5 000 full-time jobs. To manage chronic disease and cure common illnesses, between 70% and 80% of South Africans use traditional and natural therapies and products.

Increasing access to alternative medicines

African wellness comes to the global market through the formation of ImpiloVest, a complementary and alternative medicine company. Although this brand was founded some time ago, it draws upon a wealth of knowledge and expertise spanning 20 years. As part of its diversified portfolio of investments across the wellness value chain, the brand seeks to source and create opportunities to expand access to high-quality health solutions from source to shelf.

ImpiloVest’s name is a direct translation of Zulu, impilo meaning health, expressing their commitment to revolutionising complementary and alternative medicine in South Africa. According to business development director, Paul Nunes, the company focuses on cultivation, manufacturing, and retail.

The ImpiloVest group comprises numerous companies that provide consumers with affordable alternative medicine. Its goal is to offer enhanced value chain solutions to the health and wellness market through a combination of focus, knowledge, and expertise, with an extensive network extending throughout Africa, Europe, and the United States.

A closer look at the focus areas

Community empowerment and social uplift are key elements of the company’s business model. Investing and developing the value chain at source enables ImpiloVest Cultivation to enhance the natural wellness space by continually seeking the right balance between quality and cost. The cultivation of medicinal plants has been a part of the business for over 20 years. This brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, together with innovation to produce the highest quality of natural alternatives.

By establishing partnerships with credible and fully licensed establishments, ImpiloVest Manufacturing ensures excellence. The company serves the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmetic, food and beverage, and veterinary industries.

ImpiloVest Retail creates science-backed, industry-leading products inspired by nature that improve physical, mental and social well-being. 

Harnessing innovation and technology for growth

Nunes says ImpiloVest seeks to make a positive impact through innovation and technology.

“Through our scientific expertise, we can pioneer products and manufacture them under strict regulatory and quality standards that ensure compliance with the regulations of various territories. As a part of our commitment to drive growth, we have partnered with industry leaders.” 

Nunes concludes: “Our mission is to unlock opportunities and grow businesses throughout their value chains through innovation and technology. In doing so, we hope to transform industries and positively impact communities, the environment, and people’s lives.” 

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