Medicinal plants for cancer treatment: A review approach
Indian system of medicine is seems to be a boon to the world. One among them is the Ayuvedic system, which has a holistic approach of treatment and ameliorates the root cause. Medicinal herbs are the major source of the ayurveda. India is an herbal hub with wide diversity of medicinal plants used in the various ailments from simple fever to deadly cancer. Currently medicinal plants have become the paramount source of drug discovery in research for treating diverse form of diseases including Cancer safely with fewer side effects. In the recent years herbal drugs have become the topic of global importance and also made a remarkable impact on both world health and international trade. Medicinal plants continue to play a central role in the healthcare system of large proportions of the world's population. Indian system of medicine has a major lacuna of documented scientific evidence for their claims. But currently this scenario has been changing by the proper documentation to take the Indian system of medicine to the global standards. Ayurvedic treatment cures many fatal diseases including cancer which is the most threatening and challenging one in the current medical world. Ayurveda claims to cure the cancer using the herbal drugs. Many traditional healers and herbalists have also claimed to treat cancer patients for many years using various medicinal plant species. Despite the long history of cancer treatment using herbal remedies, the knowledge and experience of these herbalists have not been scientifically documented. Considering the rapid rate of deforestation and loss of biodiversity, there is a need for accurate scientific documentation of the knowledge. In this article we covered the information gathered from the plants used previously in the treatment of cancer and recently identified for the anticancer activity.