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Scientists discover Amazonian plant that can be effective against liver cancer

DECCAN CHRONICLE | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Sep 30, 2018, 5:03 pm IST
Updated Sep 30, 2018, 5:08 pm IST
The study also found that the plant doesn’t affect healthy human liver cells (Photo: AFP)
 The study also found that the plant doesn’t affect healthy human liver cells (Photo: AFP)

While many serious ailments can be cured by surgery and complex medical procedures, some natural remedies have been claimed to be effective against them. In the past few years some people have claimed how cannabis can cure major health conditions including cancer.

Now scientists are saying that a plant found in the Amazon may be highly effective against liver cancer. They claim that botanical extract from Vismia baccifera can kill tumours in a lab by triggering cancer cells to commit suicide without harming healthy tissue.

Indigenous people in the area use the plant for anti-inflammatory effects and for urinary tract disorders or skin diseases. It produces substances like hydrogen peroxide that stops cancer cells from dividing and damages their DNA.

The study also found that the plant doesn’t affect healthy human liver cells.

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