Indigenous bush medicine could improve modern day cancer treatment – NetNewsLedger

November 23, 2021

For centuries, people all over the world have been using medical plants to fight infections, boost wound healing, and for religious ceremonies. And for centuries, scientists have been trying to identify the active substances in these plants in order to use them in modern-day medicine.

Now researchers from the University of Copenhagen have studied an Australian desert plant and found a substance that appears to counteract resistance to a specific type of chemotherapy.

“Cancer cells sometimes develop an ability to fight the medicine, chemotherapy, used to treat patients. We have found a substance in a plant that appears to inhibit cancer cells’ ability to defend themselves against chemotherapy, i.e., build resistance to chemotherapy. The plant is only found in Australia and has traditionally been used by the Aboriginal people,” says PhD Students Malene J. Petersen from the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology.

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