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Medicinal Plants Combating Against Cancer - a Green Anticancer Approach

  • Sultana, Sabira (University College of Conventional Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy & Alternative Medicine, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur) ;
  • Asif, Hafiz Muhammad (Department of Eastern Medicine & Surgery, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences, The University of Poonch) ;
  • Nazar, Hafiz Muhammad Irfan (University College of Pharmacy, The University of Punjab) ;
  • Akhtar, Naveed (University College of Conventional Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy & Alternative Medicine, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur) ;
  • Rehman, Jalil Ur. (University College of Conventional Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy & Alternative Medicine, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur) ;
  • Rehman, Riaz Ur. (Department of Eastern Medicine & Surgery, Directorate of Medical Sciences, GCU)
  • Published : 2014.06.15

Abstract

Cancer is the most deadly disease that causes the serious health problems, physical disabilities, mortalities, and morbidities around the world. It is the second leading cause of death all over the world. Although great advancement have been made in the treatment of cancer progression, still significant deficiencies and room for improvement remain. Chemotherapy produced a number of undesired and toxic side effects. Natural therapies, such as the use of plant-derived products in the treatment of cancer, may reduce adverse and toxic side effects. However, many plants exist that have shown very promising anticancer activities in vitro and in vivo but their active anticancer principle have yet to be evaluated. Combined efforts of botanist, pharmacologist and chemists are required to find new lead anticancer constituent to fight disease. This review will help researchers in the finding of new bioactive molecules as it will focus on various plants evaluated for anticancer properties in vitro and in vivo.

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