Herb May Stop The Spread Of Brain Tumors
July 18, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
Indirubin, the active ingredient in an herb used in traditional Chinese remedies, is the newest discovery in the fight against brain tumors.
Researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center found that the compound blocks the migration of glioblastoma and endothelial cells, two types of cells that aid in the growth of a brain tumor. This may lead to changes in the treatment of brain tumors.
Indirubin is the active ingredient in the Indigo plant, and has been used in Chinese remedies for treating chronic myeloid leukemia. Tests conducted on mice showed that those with brain tumors who were treated with indirubin survived significantly longer than those that did not receive the treatment. Furthermore, the tumor, which was located on one hemisphere of the brain, did not migrate to the other hemisphere after being treated with indirubin.
E. Antonio Chiocca M.D., Ph.D., one of the lead researchers on the study, which was reported in the online journal Cancer Research, believes that these findings may revolutionize tumor treatment.
“Our findings suggest that indirubins offer a novel therapeutic strategy for these tumors that simultaneously targets tumor invasion and angiogenesis,” said Chiocca in a statement.