Pharmacognosy Journal, 2011; 3(23):1-11
Review Article | doi:10.5530/pj.2011.23.1
Therapeutic Plants of Ayurveda; A Review on Anticancer
Cancer is actually a group of many related diseases that all have to do with cells. Cells are the very small units that make up all living things, including the human body. There are billions of cells in each person’s body. Cancer happens when cells that are not normal grow and spread very fast. Normal body cells grow and divide and know to stop growing. Over time, they also die. Unlike these normal cells, cancer cells just continue to grow and divide out of control and don’t die when they’re supposed to. A number of synthetic anticancer drugs are available in practice, however their effectiveness does not hold true with the entire range of population suffering from this disorder. Moreover the side effects and the drug interactions are major restrictions in its clinical utility. On the other hand, herbal medicines are now attracting attention as potential sources of anticancer agents are widely used across the globe due to their wide applicability and therapeutic efficacy coupled with least side effects, which in turn has accelerated the scientific research regarding the anticancer activity. In this overview we have summarized the current research advancements on plants belongs to different families like Apocyanaceae, Taxaceae, Beriberidaceae, Solanaceae, Cupressaceae etc. having anticancer activities along with their other activities.
Key words: Cancer, Anticancer herbal medicines.
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