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News: Milkweed and Skin Cancer

cloverspirit
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Just sharing as I look into milkweed (petty spurge) sap or derivatives as a treatment for future basal cell carcinoma.

 

BBC: "Common weed petty spurge 'could treat' skin cancer" (2011)

"The study involved 36 of such patients who collectively had a total of 48 non-melanoma [skin cancer] lesions.

"Each was treated with the sap of the petty spurge plant, or Euphorbia peplus, which was applied to the skin once a day for three days.

"The plant sap has been used for centuries as a traditional medicine, and the researchers wanted to put it through its paces in a proper clinical trial.

"After a one month, 41 of the 48 cancers had shown a complete clinical response to the treatment, meaning no trace of the tumour could be found on clinical examination"

 

Science Daily: "Long-sought method to efficiently make complex anticancer compound developed" (2013)

"Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have achieved the first efficient chemical synthesis of ingenol, a highly complex, plant-derived compound that has long been of interest to drug developers for its anticancer potential."

 

Studies full of jargon...

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Euphorbia+peplus

 

photo of E peplus from WikipediaMore about the plant, aka "milkwood" and "cancer weed".

http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/WEEDS/petty_spurge.html

http://www.wildflowerfinder.org.uk/Flowers/S/Spurge(Petty)/Spurge(Petty).htm

 

Does anyone have more information on the use or efficacy of the sap (or the protein within it) to BCC/SCC?

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