Scientists at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai have developed two anti-cancer drugs from the fruit extract of the Rampatri plant. These medicines can be used to destroying tumors and reviving cells damaged by radiation.
Rampatri plant or Myristica malabarica belongs to the Myristicaceae family. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine and has been shown to have anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
The medicines made from this plant were tested on mice and were found to be effective in treating lung cancer and neuroblastoma, a rare cancer found in children. The cancer cells affect the nerve cells of the adrenal glands, neck, chest and spinal cord during neuroblastoma.
The team of researchers at the Bio Science Division at BARC have been working on developing cancer medicines from herbal plants for quite some time. They found out that the molecules of Rampatri fruit have properties to destroy cancer cells.
Researchers at BARC have developed medicines in the form of Radio Modifier and Radio Protector. The Radio Modifier protects healthy cells during radiation therapy. Pre-clinical trials have been conducted for both these medicines and permission from Drug Controller General of India has been taken for testing it on humans.