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Role of Unani Medicines in Cancer Control and Management

[ Vol. 14 , Issue. 2 ]

Author(s):

Imran Ali*, Mohd. Suhail, Mohd. Farooq Naqshbandi, Mohd. Fazil, Bilal Ahmad and Ahmad Sayeed   Pages 92 - 113 ( 22 )

Abstract:


Background: Cancer is a havoc and killer disease. Several ways including allopathic chemotherapy have been used in the cancer treatment. Allopathic chemotherapy has several limitations and side effects. Unani medicine is also one of the therapies to cure cancer.

Objective: In this type of treatment, herbal drugs are used for the treatment and prevention of cancer. The main attractive thing about herbal drug is no side effect as compared to allopathic chemotherapy.

Methods: Actually, herbal drugs are the extracts of medicinal plants. The plant extracts are obtained by crushing and heating the main part of the plants; showing anticancer activity. The main plants used in the treatment of cancer are oroxylum indicum, dillenia indica, terminalia arjuna etc.

Results: Mainly the cancers treated are of digestive system, breast, cervical, brain, blood, bone, lungs, thyroid, uterine, bladder, throat etc.

Conclusion: The present review article discusses the importance of Unani system of medicine for the treatment of cancer. Besides, the future perspectives of Unani medicine in cancer treatment are also highlighted.

Keywords:

Cancer, Unani medicines, mechanism of action, future challenges, perspectives, allopathic chemotherapy.

Affiliation:

Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University), New Delhi-110025, Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University), New Delhi-110025, Department of Biotechnology, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University), New Delhi- 110025, Hakim Ajmal Khan Institute for Literary & Historical Research in Unani Medicine, Dr. M. A. Ansari Health Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University), Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025, Hakim Ajmal Khan Institute for Literary & Historical Research in Unani Medicine, Dr. M. A. Ansari Health Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University), Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025, Hakim Ajmal Khan Institute for Literary & Historical Research in Unani Medicine, Dr. M. A. Ansari Health Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University), Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025

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