Capsibon Botanicals, LLC was founded by Edgardo M. Aguinaldo, MD to manufacture and market CapCBon, an organic whole food-based herbal Vitamin C complex dietary supplement.
Dr. Aguinaldo is a retired ophthalmologist and an integrative medical doctor practicing in Makati City (Metro Manila, Philippines). He received his medical degree, with honors, from the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila (Philippines) and completed his ophthalmology residency at Meadowbrook Hospital (currently known as Nassau University Medical Center) in East Meadow, Long Island (New York). He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) and practiced ophthalmology for 22 years in the United States until his retirement in December 1994. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Chelation Therapy (ABCT) and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).
Edgardo is married to Nelia T. Torres-Aguinaldo, MD, who is a retired pediatrician. She graduated from the Far Eastern University Institute of Medicine in Manila (Philippines) and completed her residency in pediatrics, also at Meadowbrook Hospital. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics. She practiced pediatrics for seven years in the United States, the last three years as Chief of Pediatrics at Luke Air Force Base Hospital (56th Medical Group at Luke Air Force Base) in Glendale, Arizona, until a severe illness forced her into early retirement.
Due to Nelia’s worsening medical illness, which was unresponsive to orthodox treatment and associated with severe side effects of the medicines, she and Edgardo began to study alternative medicine and explore what it has to offer. They started attending conferences offered by the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM) and studied the benefits of an organic whole food diet, nutrition, the use of vitamins and minerals, exercise (rebounding), homeopathy, modes of detoxification, and intravenous Vitamin C and EDTA chelation therapy. She had learned and used chelation therapy for lead poisoning in children during her pediatrics residency.
Edgardo and Nelia were convinced that intravenous Vitamin C and EDTA chelation therapy could help her medical condition by improving her general health. However, chelation therapy is prohibited for use by medical doctors in the state of Arizona, their place of residence at the time. Since Edgardo had his medical license in the Philippines, they decided to return to the Philippines, where a bill concerning traditional and alternative medicine was under consideration in the Philippine Legislature.
In 1995, Edgardo opened the Deissler Clinic of Preventive Medicine in Makati City (Philippines). In December 1997, the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act (RA 8423) was signed into law by then Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos.
Nelia was Edgardo’s first patient at the clinic. The first treatment he gave her was intravenous sodium ascorbate (5,000 mg), alternating weekly with EDTA chelation therapy. This treatment regimen was supplemented with oral multivitamins and minerals. She could not tolerate more than 1000 mg of oral ascorbic acid because of her stomach ulcers caused by oral steroids and other anti-arthritic drugs that had been prescribed to her by several rheumatologists. She tried all available brands of oral ascorbic acid and buffered sodium ascorbate, but did not experience the improvement she expected, contrary to what she had read in the medical literature about the use of Vitamin C.
“Discovery consists in seeing what everybody else has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.”
Albert Szent-Györgyi, Nobel Laureate
Through her extensive research trying to improve her own health, Nelia learned about the work of Dr. Albert von Szent-Györgyi. Dr. Szent-Györgyi was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937. He is credited for the discovery of Vitamin C and its components. Based on her independent study of the literature, Nelia learned the difference between pure crystalline ascorbic acid and naturally occurring Vitamin C complex. However, there were no Vitamin C complex supplements available on the market at that time. This prompted her to search for herbal sources of Vitamin C complex, which she used to formulate an organic herbal powder mixture for her own use in capsule form. She noticed a gradual improvement in her overall well-being which she expected based on her research, despite suffering from the lingering side effects of her past orthodox medicines (antibiotics and steroids).
Nelia also gave her herbal capsules to her 88-year-old mother, Felicitas, who reported increased energy and improved quality of sleep. Felicitas lived to the ripe old age of 91 years with full physical and mental faculties intact. On her last day, Felicitas prepared Nelia’s favorite dish for dinner – kare-kare, a Philippine delicacy. Felicitas then went to bed and quietly died in her sleep.
Nelia also gave some of the herbal capsules to her brother and his wife. Her sister-in-law reported that her recurrent cold sores went away and never returned. With these encouraging results, Edgardo and Nelia gave the herbal capsules to their entire family.
In 1998, Edgardo offered these herbal capsules, then known as C-Plex, to his patients at the Deissler Clinic. They reported improvements in their health and continued to take this dietary supplement on a regular basis. Many of his patients have been taking C-Plex for twenty years with no reported side effects.
After twenty years of private practice in integrative medicine, Edgardo announced his retirement to his patients in the Philippines. Many patients expressed the following sentiment, “Doctor, it is fine for you to retire, but I must have your C-Plex!” Aware of the health benefits his patients had experienced with this dietary supplement, he was motivated to make the product available to the general public under the trade name CapCBon.