Researchers at Kottaikkal Aryavaidysala’s Herbal Research Center found that Nilapala (Euphorbia Thymifolia) a popular herb identified by Ayurveda, can destroy cancer cells through experiments conducted on rats.
Euphorbia Thymifolia and Euphorbia hirta are the herbs known as Laghudugdhika and Dugdhika in Ayurveda. This plant is traditionally used for blood purification. Ayurvedic texts have stated that this plant, which is very effective in the treatment of asthma, has many medicinal properties. Both these plants are available in the herbal market under the name Nilapala.
The research was conducted by Dr. CT Sulaiman, Senior Scientist Phytochemistry Department under Herbal Research Center Director Dr. Indira Balachandran. The research paper is published in the new issue of the international journal Medicine in Omics published in China.
It is expected that the chemical components found in Nilapala will pave the way for further studies in the field of cancer research. Further studies have started with the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad, a central research institute, said Dr. Sulaiman and Dr. Indira Balachandran.
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