A New Chinese Herb For Breast Cancer Chemotherapy

Recent research has isolated a compound from the Chinese herb called Dichroa febrifuga or Chang Shan, we in a laboratory setting has been used successfully to treat breast cancer cells.   The study lead researcher Mei Ling Jin show the compound known as halofuginone caused the breast cancer cells to die and inhibited the growth of  new cancer cells.   

The results of the study mean halofuginone is a very promising chemotherapy for breast cancer patients. 

The study was published in the International Journal of Oncology.

Reference:  Halofuginone induces the apoptosis of breast cancer cells and inhibits migration via down regulation of matrix metalloproteinase-9. Mei Ling Jin, Sun Young Park, Young Hun Kim, Geuntae Park, Sang Joon Lee Department of Microbiology, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735, Republic of Korea. International Journal of Oncology (Impact Factor: 2.66). 10/2013; DOI:10.3892/ijo.2013.2157 Source: PubMed