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Assam�s herbs bring hope for cancer patients

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JORHAT, Jan 4 - A few common herbs of the State have been found to be scientifically effective in curing deadly disease like lung cancer as the recent experiments of their extracts recorded �very positive results� during the trials.

During several years of collaborative experimentation, a group of scientists of Jorhat-based CSIR-NEIST and Visva Bharati University found the unique medicinal properties in the herbs and made an extract from them which was later handed over to a pharmaceutical company for its improvement and clinical trial through a memorandum of understanding.

�Experiments are going on and the results have been found to be very positive recently,� said Dr D Ramaiah, director of CSIR-NEIST. He expressed hope that the herbal medicine will help immensely in curing the disease.

The scientists, including Dr Montu Bhuyan of plant science and his colleagues of natural product chemistry, clinical staffs of CRIS-NEIST and the scientists of Visva Bharati University, worked hard to find out the healing properties of those common herbs of Assam.

The necessary works have been undertaken by the pharmaceutical company to launch the medicine in the country and to include it in the list of medicines of the National Ayush Mission soon to provide relief to the patients across the country.

Talking to this correspondent, an expert of medicine said that the herbal extracts of CSIR-NEIST will �usher a new era� in the treatment of lung cancer.

It�s worth mentioning that the plantation of those particular herbs have already been started by the CSIR-NEIST to produce the required medicinal extracts in the Jorhat campus for further experiments.

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Assam�s herbs bring hope for cancer patients

JORHAT, Jan 4 - A few common herbs of the State have been found to be scientifically effective in curing deadly disease like lung cancer as the recent experiments of their extracts recorded �very positive results� during the trials.

During several years of collaborative experimentation, a group of scientists of Jorhat-based CSIR-NEIST and Visva Bharati University found the unique medicinal properties in the herbs and made an extract from them which was later handed over to a pharmaceutical company for its improvement and clinical trial through a memorandum of understanding.

�Experiments are going on and the results have been found to be very positive recently,� said Dr D Ramaiah, director of CSIR-NEIST. He expressed hope that the herbal medicine will help immensely in curing the disease.

The scientists, including Dr Montu Bhuyan of plant science and his colleagues of natural product chemistry, clinical staffs of CRIS-NEIST and the scientists of Visva Bharati University, worked hard to find out the healing properties of those common herbs of Assam.

The necessary works have been undertaken by the pharmaceutical company to launch the medicine in the country and to include it in the list of medicines of the National Ayush Mission soon to provide relief to the patients across the country.

Talking to this correspondent, an expert of medicine said that the herbal extracts of CSIR-NEIST will �usher a new era� in the treatment of lung cancer.

It�s worth mentioning that the plantation of those particular herbs have already been started by the CSIR-NEIST to produce the required medicinal extracts in the Jorhat campus for further experiments.