1 Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies Year: 2013, Volume: 1, Issue: 3. First page: (56) Last page: (74). ISSN: 2320-3862. Online Available at Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies Traditionally Used Anticancer Herbs In India M. Umadevi1, Kumar2, Debjit Bhowmik 3*, S. Duraivel4. 1. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India. 2. Coimbatore medical college, Coimbatore, India. 3. Karpagam University, Coimbatore, India. [E-mail: 4. Nimra Pharmacy College,Vijayawada, India. India is the largest producer of Medicinal Plants and is rightly called the "Botanical garden of the World".]
2 The Medicinal Plants , besides having natural therapeutic values against various diseases, also provide high quality of food and raw materials for livelihood. Considerable works have been done on these Plants to treat cancer, and some plant products have been marketed as anticancer drugs, based on the traditional uses and scientific reports. These Plants may promote host resistance against infection by re-stabilizing body equilibrium and conditioning the body tissues. Several reports describe that the anticancer activity of Medicinal Plants is due to the presence of antioxidants in them.
3 In fact, the Medicinal Plants are easily available, cheaper and possess no toxicity as compared to the modern (allopathic) drugs. Thus, the various combinations of the active components of these Plants after isolation and identification can be made and have to be further assessed for their synergistic effects. Preparation of standardized dose and dosage regimen may play a critical role in the remedy of cancer. The rate with which cancer is progressing, it seems to have an urgent and effective effort for making good health of humans as well as animals.
4 There is a broad scope to derive the potent anticancer agents from Medicinal Plants , which need thorough research. Keyword: Wound healing, Wounds, Burns, Indian Medicinal Plants , Ayurveda. 1. Introduction situations including higher doses of Plants used in traditional medicine have mutagenic UV-radiation, physiological stood up to the test of time and contributed drought, desiccation and strong winds. many novel compounds for preventive and Plants interact with stressful environments curative medicine to modern science.
5 India by physiological adaptation and altering the is sitting on a gold mine of well recorded biochemical profile of plant tissues and and traditionally well practiced knowledge producing a spectrum of secondary of herbal medicine. Specially, Plants metabolites. Secondary metabolites are of growing at high altitude in Himalayan special interest to scientists because of their pastures are time-honored sources of health unique pharmacophores and Medicinal and general well-being of local inhabitants. properties. Secondary metabolites like As of today, Himalayan Plants are a major polyphenols, terpenes and alkaloids have contributor to the herbal pharmaceutical been reported to possess antimutagenic and industry both of India and other countries.
6 Anticancer properties in many Studies . The Plants growing at higher altitudes are fundamental aspiration of the current review subjected to an assault of diverse testing is to divulge the antimutagenic/anticancer Vol. 1 Issue. 3 2013 Page | 56. Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies potential of five alpine Plants used as food an important role in the life of humans and or medicine by the populations living at high animals. India is the largest producer of altitudesIndia is the largest producer of Medicinal Plants and is rightly called the Medicinal Plants and is rightly called the "Botanical garden of the World".
7 Medicinal "Botanical garden of the World". The Plants have been stated to comprise about Medicinal Plants , besides having natural 8000 species and account for approximately therapeutic values against various diseases, 50% of all the higher flowering plant species also provide high quality of food and raw of India. In other words, there are about 400. materials for livelihood. Considerable works families of the flowering Plants ; at least 315. have been done on these Plants to treat are represented by India. Medicinal cancer, and some plant products have been properties of few such Plants have been marketed as anticancer drugs, based on the reported but a good number of Plants still traditional uses and scientific reports.
8 These used by local folklore are yet to be explored. Plants may promote host resistance against Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani systems of infection by re-stabilizing body equilibrium medicine provide good base for scientific and conditioning the body tissues. Several exploration of medicinally important reports describe that the anticancer activity molecules from nature. The rediscovery of of Medicinal Plants is due to the presence of Ayurveda is a sense of redefining it is antioxidants in them. In fact, the Medicinal modern medicines.
9 Emerging concept of Plants are easily available, cheaper and combining Ayurveda with advanced drug possess no toxicity as compared to the discovery programme is globally acceptable. modern (allopathic) drugs. Hence, this Traditional medicine has a long history of review article contains 66 Medicinal Plants , serving peoples all over the world. The which are the natural sources of anticancer ethnobotany provides a rich resource for (malignant tumour) is an natural drug research and development. In abnormal growth and proliferation of cells.
10 Recent years, the use of traditional medicine It is a frightful disease because the patient information on plant research has again suffers pain, disfigurement and loss of many received considerable interest. The Western physiological processes. Cancer may be use of such information has also come under uncontrollable and incurable, and may occur increasing scrutiny and the national and at any time at any age in any part of the indigenous rights on these resources have body. It is caused by a complex, poorly become acknowledged by most academic understood interplay of genetic and and industrial to the environmental factors.