By Namwook Cho L.Ac.
A research team tested herbs that have been known to help treat cervical cancer and proved their efficacies.
Kyung Hee University Korean Medicine Hospital, Seoul, Korea, recently announced that the research team lead by Seung-Hyeok Park tested a total of 64 natural products in groups of herbs to enhance “Apoptosis,” “Anti-angiogenesis,” “Anti-metastasis,” and “Drug resistance” that suppressed cervical cancer.
Especially common herbs such as curcumin, ginger, Cyperus rotundus have confirmed the efficacy of killing cancer cells. Radix Astragali and green tea extract have the power to suppress the growth of cancer cells. Lignan and Pistacia vera L., showed the anti-angiogenic property in cervical cancer cells. EGCG and five other natural products inhibited metastasis of cervical cancer.
According to the research, “Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women worldwide. Though several natural products have been reported regarding their efficacies against cervical cancer, there has been no review article that categorized them according to their anti-cancer mechanisms.”
Penicillium sclerotiorum extracts from Cassia fistula L., ethanol extracts from Bauhinia variegate candida, thymoquinone obtained from Nigella sativa, lipid-soluble extracts of Pinellia pedatisecta Schott., and 10S-10-acetoxychavicol extracted from Alpinia conchigera have been shown to have multi-effects against cervical cancer.
The research, “Therapeutic Potential of Natural Products in Treatment of Cervical Cancer: A Review,” was published in Nutrient’s January issue.