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Title: Curing Cancer herbally
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-04-22 07:30:46
Indian herbal remedy raises cancer cure hope
LONDON: Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute have
shown that a commonly used Indian herbal supplement, triphala, has the
potential to slow down growth of human pancreatic tumours grafted onto mice.
The findings offer hope that one day a treatment for the disease may be
developed, though the experts have warned that the study is still at a very
Triphala is a herbal preparation used in the traditional Indian medicine
system Ayurveda. It contains the dried and powdered fruits of three plants,
and it is said to ease intestinal-related disorders and promote good
The current research confirms the findings of previous studies that have
shown triphala to have an anti-cancer activity in cell cultures. It also
shows that the herb does not damage normal pancreatic cells.
During the study, mice grafted with human pancreatic tumours were
administered a triphala solution five days a week.
When the researchers compared them with those in control group of mice after
four weeks, they found that tumours in triphala-treated mice were half the
size of those in the untreated mice.
They also noted that the tumour cells in treated mice had higher levels of
proteins associated with apoptosis, the process by the which the body
normally disposes of damaged, old of unneeded cells.
"We discovered that triphala fed orally to mice with human pancreatic tumors
was an extremely effective inhibitor of the cancer process, inducing
apoptosis in cancer cells," said Sanjay K Srivastava, lead investigator and
assistant professor University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
"Triphala triggered the cancerous cells to die off and significantly reduced
the size of the tumors without causing any toxic side effects," he added.
The study also revealed that though triphala had activated tumour-suppressor
genes, but did not negatively affect normal pancreatic cells.
"Our results demonstrate that triphala has strong anti-cancer properties
given its ability to induce apoptosis in pancreatic cancer cells without
damaging normal pancreatic cells," said Srivastava.
"With follow-up studies, we hope to demonstrate its potential use as a novel
agent for the prevention and treatment of pancreatic cancer," he added.
The study is being presented at the annual meeting of the American
Association for Cancer Research, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Title: Re: Curing Cancer herbally
User: Damodara Svarupa dasa Date: 2007-05-27 09:16:38
Unfortunately, Triphala, aka Trifala Churna, is not that easy to get. But if one suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), or high cholesterol levels, or a high blood pressure Triphala indeed is a gift from heaven. Last week, the doctor was very pleased when looking at the results of my latest check up. So was I, and thanked Their Lordships for these powerful herbs.