A University of Windsor research team whose dandelion root cancer cure-all fell short of human testing has its sights set on a clinical trial for another natural treatment.
Joined by students who’ve studied the cancer-fighting properties of lemon grass extract, biochemistry professor Dr. Siyaram Pandey announced on Tuesday an Indian food extract company has pledged $1 million to test a lemon grass supplement on humans in conjunction with chemotherapy treatments.
Before that can happen, Pandey said, his lab must determine the lemon grass product reduces cancer activity, has no toxicity, and has no negative interaction with chemotherapy drugs — work the company, Synthite, has given $70,000 to.
“I’m not saying it’s going to cure everything,” he said. But some patient in India who received the supplement in conjunction with chemotherapy outside the pending clinical trial ended up in remission after having low chances of such a successful outcome, he said.
Rodent tumours studied in Pandey’s lab also saw a size reduction when given lemon grass extract at the same time as chemotherapy drugs.
Despite positive lab results and anecdotal cases for dandelion root extract as a cancer treatment, that project’s funding body, Advanced Orthomolecular Research Canada, decided not to fund the research team’s drug on drug interaction research.
to read more about the study go to: https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/university-of-windsor-researchers-test-lemon-grass-extract-in-cancer-treatment.