Ethnomedicinal plants having anticancer potential: A review
Shreya Dave, NK Jain, HA Modi
Cancer is major public health threat in both developed and developing countries. Anticancer activity is the effect of natural and synthetic or biological and chemical agents to reverse, suppress or prevent carcinogenic progression. Several synthetic agents are used to cure the disease but they have their toxicity and hence the research is going on to investigate the plant derived anticancer agents. In this review, eight anticancer medicinal plants of Indian origin belonging to different families are reported along with detailed information regarding part used, extract used, phytochemical analysis of compounds, types of tested cancer cell lines. Plants such as cassia sophera, cassia occidentalis, Andrographis paniculata, Aegle marmelos, Glycyrrhia glabra, Elephantopus scaber, lawsonia inermis, Cistanche tubulosa can be used against various types of tumours. Although drug discovery from medicinal plants continues to provide an important source of new drug leads. All these plants are potential candidates for in vivo studies since they are showing good in vitro anticancer activity.