The serious developments over the last decade in finding effective treatments for cancer, has brought scientists to Mauritius. Russian and English scientists come together to study the medicinal herbs in Mauritius for their properties that could treat cancer.
These plants, exclusively found on the island, could possibly be used to cure esophageal cancer. This type of cancer could be caused out of several reasons, and is one of the most frequent in men.
Native herbs from Mauritius have shown chemical properties that cure cancer, and could be promising in cancer treatment projects.
AMPK routes are routes that maintain metabolism for stable equilibrium of the bodily functions. These routes are targeted when treating diseases, cancer included. These native plants are AMPK activators, hence making them a promising substance in the treatment.
Alexander Kagansky, a Russian expert in this matter comments on how nature is being obstructed in Mauritius, addressing the unique ecosystem on the island. He goes on to say that almost half of the plants there are subject to medicinal use, although they lack enough scientific backing.
He goes on to say that the esophageal cancer is modern world’s most recurring demons and owing to the lifestyle of people today, threats to this type of cancer have increased. This has urged the scientists to address this issue.
Experiments from the native plants so far have been showing positive signs.
Researchers have shifted their focus from chemicals to recognizing traditional recipes involving herbs and fungi to fight cancer.
Preservation of the biodiversity should be a primary focus before concerns can be laid upon their use in developing anticancer medicines.
His staunch opinions are not taken up in Bio2Bio where he is the co-organizer. They strive to preserve biodiversity on a global scale and look to achieve an amalgamation of traditional and modern medicines.
The research on the island has been ongoing and thanks to Kagansky, we have some hope not only in discovering an anticancer medicine but also the security of our biodiversity.