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Medicine in Your Back Yard

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


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Growing Milkweed, a plant with prospective anti-cancer properties: A review of the medicinal potential of members of the Euphorbiaceae family also commonly known as Petty Spurge and not so commonly Euphorbia peplus.

Over 70% of current pharmaceuticals are natural products or have been developed from a natural product lead. E.peplus is one of a number of plants in the Euphorbiaceae family that has attracted attention as a home remedy for skin cancer because of its milky sap. However, a survey by Peplin Biotech of over 200 species of the Euphorbiaceae family has shown that only E.peplus has the desired attributes of anti-cancer efficacy in vitro and in vivo. In addition, E.peplus is not a noxious weed, it grows rapidly, produces harvestable seed and it is potentially suitable for large-scale agricultural production. Thought to originate from Europe, E.peplus is now widespread throughout the world and can be found in most gardens.

Peplin Biotech began a study to determine the performance of crude sap against a variety of cancers, with an emphasis on skin cancers. Surprisingly, the sap was not only efficacious against a variety of skin cancer cell lines, including strains of malignant melanoma resistant to conventional chemotherapeutic agents, but also had powerful cell inhibitory activity against a wide range of other tumours tested, including also breast cancer cells.
The means are available to conduct clinical trials with a purified compound, delivered in a suitable cream. Problems of extraction of compound and purification have been largely overcome. The rate-limiting step at present is shortage of compound, due to lack of knowledge about large-scale agriculture.
This is part of a report by Dr Craig Davis and Dr Peter Parsons January 2002 that goes on to explain further interesting things about a little weed commonly known as Petty Spurge.

1 comment:

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