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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

early stage.


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.