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The History of the Empty Capsule

Sep. 03, 2021

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Empty Capsule


Gelatin capsules are widely used in the medical field, and people have become accustomed to gelatin capsules. So, do you know the history of the development of empty capsules? As a empty capsule supplier, I’d like to share it with you.

An empty capsule refers to a hollow shell that protects the medicine. After the medicine is loaded into the capsule shell, it can not only protect the drug's properties from being destroyed, but also protect the digestive organs and respiratory tract. It can also ensure that the drug will not be destroyed by gastric acid after passing through the stomach, and will smoothly enter the intestinal tract to dissolve and absorb, so that the drug can better exert its efficacy.


Traditional empty gelatin capsules


Tracing back to the history of capsules, in fact, as early as 1500 BC, the ancient Egyptians invented hollow capsules. But it was not until 1846 that the two-part hard empty capsule (that is, the capsule we currently use) was created by the French. Subsequently, Detroit launched a huge industrial manufacturing of empty capsules, and continuously developed various types of hollow capsules; by 1931, capsules had completely become the most widely used adjuvant product in the medical field. But the mad cow disease that broke out in the UK and spread to the entire European continent in 1986 caused the capsule to fall into a crisis of trust. You may wonder why the mad cow disease caused the capsule to fall into the quagmire? It is actually very simple. Xiang is made from the bones and skins of pigs and cattle. This kind of capsule is called gelatin capsule. During the outbreak of mad cow disease, gelatin capsule transmits animal pathogens such as mad cow disease and foot-and-mouth disease to humans. This shocked all those who took the capsule. At this point, humans began to look for materials to replace gelatin capsules.


The invention of empty vegetable capsules


Plant capsules are hollow capsules made of plant cellulose or water-soluble polysaccharides as raw materials to meet the needs of all-natural positioning and capsule formulation solutions. It retains all the advantages of standard hollow capsules: convenient to take, effective in concealing taste and smell, and the contents are transparent and visible, etc.

At the same time, the industrialization of plant empty capsules has given people who have different religious beliefs around the world who cannot eat pigs, cows and other animals hope to obtain more convenient drug treatment. I believe that many people don’t know that our daily common capsule medicines are actually not eaten by religious people, and the development of capsules has indeed provided humans with a better and more convenient environment for medication.

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