Published On: Sat, Feb 13th, 2016

Neem can be used to treat pancreatic cancer


A new study has revealed that a natural extort which is obtained from Neem tree can potentially be employed to treat the highly lethal pancreatic cancer.

The findings disclosed that nimbolide, which is an active molecule isolated from Neem tree (Azadirachta indica), can halt pancreatic cancer’s development and extending without damaging normal, healthy cells.

Rajkumar Lakshmanaswamy, who is an associate professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso in the US, stated that “The promise nim bolide has shown is amazing, and the specificity of the treatment towards cancer cells over normal cells is very intriguing,”

Pancreatic cancer has the utmost death rate compared to all cancers because in it 94 percent of patients dying within five years of diagnosis.

Cancer increases fast and at present there are no effectual treatments available.

In this research study, Lakshmanaswamy and colleagues experimented that nimbolide was capable of lessening the migration and invasion abilities of pancreatic cancer cells by 70 percent, meaning the cancerous cells did not become violent and extend.

The researchers of the study stated that it is promising.

In humans, this journey and assault, or metastasis, of pancreatic cancer to other areas of the body is the main reason for mortality.

Nimbolide treatments also tempted cancer cell death, which is the reason for reducing the size and number of pancreatic cancer cell colonies by 80 percent.

Lakshmanaswamy told that “Nimbolide seems to attack pancreatic cancer from all angles,”

Additionally, the Neem compound did not damage healthy cells in both the in vitro and in vivo experiments.

Ramadevi Subramani, who is the lead researcher of the research and postdoctoral researcher at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Centre, told that “Many people in India actually eat neem and it doesn’t have harmful side effects, which suggests that using nim bolide for pancreatic cancer will not cause adverse effects like chemotherapy and radiation typically do,”

The results cited in the journal Scientific Reports.

Whereas the findings are guaranteed, Lakshmanaswamy stated that still more research is needed to go prior to nimbolide can be employed to treat pancreatic cancer in humans.

The researchers of the study stated that they plan to carry on researching the anticancer mechanisms following the plant extract.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.