Fog
17°CTue :AM Clouds/PM Sun. High: 26 Low: 14

Herbal tea could help combat breast cancer

Herbal tea could help combat breast cancer

London: Scientists have discovered that extracts from a plant, found in arid regions of India and Pakistan can kill cancerous cells and produces no harmful side-effects associated with chemotherapy.

Tea from the plant known as virgin`s mantle is already drunk by women in rural Pakistan who have breast cancer, the Daily Mail reported.

Researchers from Aston University, Birmingham, and Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, found that it contains potent anti-cancer agents that act singly or in combination against the proliferation of cancer cells.

Laboratory tests showed they arrested the growth of cells within five hours of application and caused them to die within 24 hours.

The plant, which has the botanical name Fagonia cretica, is found in arid, desert regions of Pakistan, India, Africa and parts of Europe.

Professor Helen Griffiths and Professor Amtul R Carmichael, who headed the study, found herbal tea made from the extract of the plant destroys cancer cells but unlike conventional chemotherapy, treatment does not damage normal breast cells, thus reducing side effects.

Reports from breast cancer sufferers in Pakistan suggested the plant extract does not trigger any serious side effects such as loss of hair, drop in blood count or diarrhoea.

The plant extract had a novel mechanism which could remedy defects in cell DNA that would normally resist tumour growth.

An impaired DNA response not only allows the cancer to flourish, it also inhibits the way chemotherapy works which reduces its effectiveness.

“A small hospital 100 miles north of Lahore in Pakistan started using the herbal tea 40 years ago to treat breast cancer patients. It appears to keep them in remission, although we can`t use the word cure at this stage,” Carmichael said.

“However, they live for a long time without losing their hair or putting on a large amount of weight, or experiencing other toxic side effects associated with chemotherapy, so we are confident this extract has something to contribute,” Carmichael was quoted by the paper as saying.

At present the herbal tea is being used to treat Asians but there might be different effects in Caucasian patients, she added.

 

Top Stories

7972954_orig

World Heart Day to be celebrate with healthy diet

September-29-2014
World Heart Day is universally seen on September 29 to educate individuals about cardiovascular infections, which are the greatest reason for death
29-indiangovernmenttouseownsecureemailservicesbymarch2015

Indian Government To Use Own Secure Email Service by March 2015

September-29-2014
Understanding the danger created from the email hacking occurring off late, Indian government is wanting to bring the utilization of the protected
sensex-inches-closer-towards-20000-nifty-holds-5900

Bank of Baroda crawls up after board’s nod for stock part

September-29-2014
Bank of Baroda rose 0.39% at Rs 901.30 at 9:44 IST on BSE after the bank said that its governing body at
1390853934-172

Rupee falls, tracks Asian monetary forms

September-29-2014
The rupee tumbled to the extent that 61.4075 after Friday’s 61.14/15 nearby. The Indian unit was last exchanging at 61.3650/3750. Rupee surrendered
271059-270945-khushbir-kaur

Punjab young lady gets to be first Indian lady to win a medal in race strolling at the Asian Games

September-29-2014
Incheon: As Khushbir Kaur arrived at the games enclosure on Sunday morning, she heard some frustrated news. India were denied of an
f487faa9-994f-4d90-b75b-efb64b797e3fWallpaper2

Narendra Modi opens goody sack for Indian-Americans at Madison Square Garden

September-29-2014
PM Narendra Modi at long last got to thank his NRI (Non-Resident Indians) voting public for their backing in getting him chose.