Vol. 4, Issue 4 (2019)
A comprehensive review on anti-cancer medicinal plants
Author(s): Farah Abid, Muhammad Saleem, Sara Zahid, Shumaila Arshad, Saleha Yasir, Mehwish Qayyum, Kanwal Ashiq, Samreen Tanveer, MayydaAsif Bajwa, Sana Ashiq
Abstract: Cancer is a major health concern and one of the leading causes of death around the globe. Medicinal plants contain numerous phytochemicals and their usefulness for the treatment of cancer has been proven scientifically. The current review is aimed to provide a comprehensive knowledge about the herbal plants with established anti-cancer activity. For this study, different databases were used, including: PubMed, Google Scholar, Scopus and MEDLINE and literature search were done without any year limit. Studies have reported that numerous classes of phytochemicals have tumor inhibitory effect and these could be used for the cure of cancer. In this era, where the drug development process and its subsequent marketing and surveillance often take decades, the emerging evidence of the beneficial anti-cancer properties of plants have proved to be a mercy. There is need to explore more about the mechanism of action of phytochemicals having anti-cancer properties and further to ensure the medicinal plants safety and efficacy to justify their rational use for the treatment and management of the cancer.