Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Common garden weed can cure cancer

London: A new study conducted by scientists in Australia has revealed a common weed can cure skin cancers.

The sap from a plant known as petty spurge or milkweed — found by roadsides and in woodland — can "kill" certain types of cancer cells when applied to the skin, reports the Daily Mail. It works on non-melanoma skin cancers, which are triggered by sun damage. And, although not usually fatal, can be disfiguring without treatment.

The plant has been used for centuries as a traditional folk medicine to treat conditions such as warts, asthma and several types of cancer. This is the first time the scientists team has carried out a clinical study of sap from Euphorbia peplus. In the study of 36 patients after an average of 15 months following treatment, two thirds of the 48 skin cancer lesions still showed a complete response.

Read more: Common garden weed can cure - The Times of India

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