Can Ancient Herbs Treat Cancer?
Sixty-two percent of chemotherapy drugs come from natural products, and plants have been the basis of almost every new class of medicationDrug companies are sending researchers to the jungles of the Amazon in search of medicines all the time.For Bionovo, the drug discovery and development company in Emeryville, Calif., that's behind BZL101, there's hope too. The trial is the first FDA-validated clinical study of a potential cancer drug derived from a Chinese medicinal herb
Amazon divulges malaria antidote
The bias against "natural" treatments is simply ignorance. Chemicals are chemicals. Sometimes, you get lucky with a natural chemical and sometimes, you come up with synthetics that work.One of the most potent anti-malarial chemicals known to science has been found in the Amazon rainforest, unnoticed by the indigenous people who often fall victim to the disease.
University researchers identified an antibiotic peptide complex called coronamycin being produced by fungus-like bacteria growing inside a little-known tree-hugging vine.
Initial tests suggested that, molecule-for-molecule, coronamycin was more effective against the malaria parasite than chloroquin, the main anti-malarial agent that is becoming increasingly obsolete as the parasite develops resistance against it.