Treatment of cancer with Giloy


About 5 million people are diagnosed for cancer every year and most of them die from this dreaded disease. According to an estimate of the American cancer Society about 2-3 percent of the total deaths caused throughout the world are caused due to cancer alone.


In recent years many Indian herbs that have been used since long for various medicinal purposes, have received considerable attention and various scientific studies have been made on them. These medicinal herbal plants contain many phytochemicals like vitamins, terpenoids, carotenoids, flavonoids, saponins, tannins, alkaloids, enzyms and minerals etc. All these phytochemicals have antioxidant properties which help in the treatment of many diseases including cancer.

Giloy is one such medicinal plant which helps in the treatment of cancer, perhaps the most important genetic diseases. Recently, the anticancer activity of the extracts of some Indian medicinal plants including Giloy has been studied by Savita Dixit and Huma Ali which has been published in J. Chem. Cheml. Sci. Vol. I (I) 79-85.


Causes of cancer

Cancer starts with the damage in your DNA. DNA tells your cells how to grow and divide. Normal cells also suffer damage in their DNA but either they are able to repair themselves or they die. But there are certain damages that cannot be repaired. This causes the cells to grow and such cells become cancerous. The mutations also increase the life of the affected cells and they live beyond their normal life span. This causes the accumulation of the cancerous cells.

Many studies have now established that about 80 to 90 percent of cancer in humans is caused due to environmental factors. Some of the important factors contributing to cancer are smoking, infectious diseases, diet, chemicals and presence of radiation near the places of our residence or work.


Treatment Prevention of Cancer with Giloy

Giloy is an Indian herb which has been used since ages by the masters of Ayurveda for the treatment of various diseases including cancer. Due to excellent medicinal properties, it is also called ‘Amrita’ (meaning the nectar). It is a good tonic and a great aphrodisiac. It is said to increase the life of the human beings by preventing the body from many disease. It is antihelminthic, anti periodic, anti arthritic, blood purifier, anti pyretic, digestive, carminative and expectorant. It gives strength to the heart and is an excellent diuretic. 

But recent studies have confirmed that the fresh juice of the plant is very beneficial in the treatment and prevention of cancer. The important chemical compounds found in the plant are tinosporin, palmarin, tinosporon, tinosporol, perberillin, berberine and hepta consol tinosporic acid. The fresh stem bark contains giloinin, giloin and gilosterol. But recently phenolic lignin and hypoglycemia agent have also been isolated from the plant. The above bio active phytochemicals have been found to have ability to prevent various diseases including cancer and other immunological disorders.

Based on the historical evidence of the use of Giloy or Tinospora in the treatment of various diseases including cancer and in the light of the recent researches many studies have been done to verify the claim that the fresh plant juice cures and prevents cancer including the liver cancer.

Though more scientific studies are required but the studies so far have revealed the anti cancer and radio protective activities of the herb. The encouraging results only support the wisdom of the ancient masters of Ayurveda. 

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