ROLE OF HERBAL MEDICINES IN CANCERAbstract
Cancer is a genetic disease. The main causes of cancer are alterations of DNA, mutations, damage etc. Any herbs which may be a plant or a part of the plant that are used to maintain the health are called Herbal supplements or Phytomedicines. Plant extracts are generally prepared by boiling the herb in water. The goals of these herbal medicines include prevention and protection against cancer. The traditional plants like Eleutherococcus senticosis, Astralagaus membranaceous, and medicinal mushrooms are used in cancer treatment. The other herbs used in other parts of the world are Valeriana, Garlic, Curcumin etc. These herbal medicines along with benefits also include some adverse effects. This review summarizes the role of some pharmaceutically important herbal medicines used in treating cancer.
P. Udaya Sri*, N. Vijaya Sree, S. Revathi, Y. V. V. Aswani Kumar & N. Divya Sri
Department of Biotechnology, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
22 August, 2010
05 October, 2010
21 October, 2010
01 November, 2010