Thursday, December 14, 2006

Qing Hao - Artemisia Annua Works Better Than StandardChemo. For Oral Cancer Cell Line

Artemisinin is derived from a common Chinese Herb Artemisia Annua - Qing Hao. This extract has achieved great prominence because it has proved more effective than standard drugs for the treatment of malaria. Artemisinin has also shown amazing promise as an anticancer drug. In the following study it was tested in Vitro on an oral cancer cell line with better antitumor effect than commonly used chemo. agents:
CONCLUSION.: The deoxoartemisinin trimer was found to have greater antitumor effect on tumor cells than other commonly used chemotherapeutic drugs, such as 5-FU, cisplatin, and paclitaxel. Furthermore, the ability of artemisinin and its derivatives to induce apoptosis highlights their potential as chemotherapeutic agents, for many anticancer drugs achieve their antitumor effects by inducing apoptosis in tumor cells.