Using Rodent Tuber as Herbal Medicine for Cancer

Have you ever heard of Rodent tuber plants? It is alleged that this plant has many benefits, one of which is cancer treatment. Quoted by Deherba site, Prof. Dr. Chris KH Teo, Dip Agric who has the Cancer Care foundation in Penang, Malaysia, has been researching the benefits of rodent tuber since 1995. Rodent tuber itself is one of the plants originating from Malaysia, which is used as a cancer drug with how to take the extract. In Indonesia alone rodent tuber is quite well known as one of the alternative treatment methods for cancer, and has been widely sold in pill form.

History of treatment with Rodent tuber

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Rodent tuber or typhonium flagelliforme  is the genus typhonium and belongs to the family Arecaceae . This plant has been used for treatment by Chinese physicians since time immemorial. It is known that rodent tuber contains flavonoids, tannins, terpenoids and sterols. Flavonoid and terpenoid compounds, based on research, are able to become anticancer. Flavonoids also have advantages in treatment of lung cancer.

Based on research, in China, rodent tuber can be used to treat problems with the throat such as cough, phlegm, and inflammation. In addition, rodent tuber can also be used for external treatment, such as for external injuries, skin problems such as ulceration, ulcers , or swelling due to being bitten by insects, even helping neutralize drugs. In the Philippines, this plant is also used to stop bleeding.

Since when are Rodent tuber used to treat cancer?

The beginning of this plant began to be used to treat cancer since concerns emerged about active chemical treatment or chemotherapy that can damage body tissues, although it is quite effective in killing cancer cells, this was stated in the journal "Potential of Endophic Bacteria from Rat Plants as Antimicrobial Substances and Antioxidants ". Herbal remedies are needed so that the side effects received while doing chemical treatment are not too large. In addition, herbal treatment helps to prevent cancer cells from spreading and does not provide toxic effects on patients.

Rodent tuber plants are considered capable of inhibiting the spread and growth of cancer cells. The efficacy of this plant is anticancer, antimicrobial, and antioxidant. The purpose of the research conducted in this journal is to examine endophytic bacteria that grow in plant tissues. The bacteria studied will produce metabolites that are almost the same as the plants they grow. The results obtained indicate that these bacteria produce high antimicrobial compounds. In addition, it is also able to inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria because the active compounds produced.

Are rodent tuber effective for cancer drugs?

A study was conducted on female rats aged three months. Tumor cells were transferred to mice, then an experiment was carried out. The type of rodent tuber used is syrup. It was concluded that rodent tuber was able to reduce receptors and proteins in breast cancer cells, but could not reduce the volume of breast cancer. However, in several studies, it was also found that non-polar fractions from Rodent tuber plants can inhibit cell proliferation growth in human lung cancer.

In Rodent tuber plants, there were ethanol extracts, this showed that 50% ethanol extract was able to inhibit breast cancer cells by 50%. With this, it can be concluded that rodent tuber can indeed inhibit cancer cells, but the effectiveness of recovery is not large. Rodent tuber is only able to inhibit, has not been able to fully cure. Chemical treatment is still recommended for cancer patients, but it should be accompanied by consuming rodent tuber so that the side effects of chemotherapy can be neutralized.

How are the characteristics of Rodent tuber?

Rodent tuber plants have green leaves and stems. Have a rather bitter taste. At the time of maturity, it has a flower resembling the shape of a long mouse tail. If touched by the hand, this plant will usually cause itching. In Indonesia alone, rodent tuber plants spread on the island of Java. The shape resembles a Rodent tuber plant and weighs about 10-20 grams. Tubers on this plant are somewhat oval, but round. Usually, rodent tuber is found during the rainy season, but do not expect to find it in the dry season.