In 2009, a team of researchers at the University of Windsor in Ontario carried out a research to find out more about the plants and its effects in the treatments of cancer. Firstly, an oncologist found something amazing in the treatments of cancer in some of his patients. Even though it may sound strange, the plant that we are talking about is dandelion.
Pamela Ovadje, a post-doctoral oncologist, made an extensive research about this plant. In addition, she investigated the anti-cancer properties of the dandelion and other similar plants. According to her, an oncologist, a collaborator at Windsor, informed them that some patients had significant improvements in the treatments of cancer with dandelion root.
In order to find out more about the beneficial effects of the dandelion tea in the treatment of cancer, they started to dig up dandelions. Originally, she was a bit suspicious, but not because the dandelion was a completely natural plant. She found out that there were dandelions everywhere, so if people need it, they can find it without difficulty.
Researchers started to make researches on the effects of dandelion root extract in the treatments of cancer, and the results of the study shocked them. From the beginning of the research, they have studied the effects of dandelion root water extract on different types of cancer, and they have found out that it is very beneficial for the treatments of T-cell leukemia, colon and pancreatic cancers, chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, without having an impact on the healthy, non-malignant cells. In addition, the researchers have also shown that efficacy in animal models, such as: mice, which have been transplanted with colon malignant cells.
In February, 2015, the dandelion root extract was accepted for human trials. Today, it is in trials Phase 1 for blood cancers, like lymphoma and leukemia.
Dr. Siyaram Pandey, a professor of biochemistry and chemistry at the University of Windsor and main investigation of the research, claimed that the dandelion root extract is able to efficiently kill malignant cells.
How does dandelion root extract work?
The dandelion root extract leads the cancer cells through apoptosis, a cell procedure where a cell activates intracellular death programs, which are not necessary any longer. In addition, dandelion root extract kills the malignant cells, without affecting the healthy cells.
Apoptosis is much more beneficial than chemotherapy, which destroys one healthy cell in 5 – 10 malignant ones. What is more important is that the concentration of the dandelion root extract is much stronger than the available one.
Trials may be still in progress, but they are considered to be the main treatments of cancer in the future. For more information on this topic, take a look at the video below. In it Dr. Siyaram talks about the beneficial effects of dandelion root extracts in the treatments of cancer.