The anti-cancer agents present in the clove plant, may lead to development of new drugs in combating the deadly Cancer, goes the recent findings of Scientists in the UAE, and they have found a new mechanism to do so.
The clove extract contains an agent which has the ability to kill cancer cells in the human body.
Speaking about their findings at the 10th Annual Research Conference held in the UAE this week, the five-member research team from the UAE University (UAEU) said that the clove extract has been tested on four cancer cell lines like T-cell lymphoma, cervical carcinoma, human neuroblastoma and human leukemia.
The cytotoxic effects of individual compounds on cancer cells within the clove extract, has been studied. Understanding the mechanisms with which these purified compounds induce apoptosis of cancer cells is interesting, and may help in the development of new drugs in the fight against cancer, said one of the researchers.
There has been a growing realization that spices possess anti-carcinogenic properties, and clove is one among them. We prepared extracts from the clove plant, and have noticed their cytotoxic impacts on cancer cells, the researchers said.
Cloves are an ancient spice, and due to its exceptional aroma, it has been highly used for culinary purposes in Asia, Europe, and Northern Africa.
Other therapeutic properties:
In traditional Chinese healing methods, cloves have been used in treating indigestion, hernia, diarrhea and ringworm and other fungal infections. Ayurvedic physicians in India have long used cloves to treat respiratory and digestive ailments. Herbalists in Germany used cloves as a part of mixture for anti-gout treatment. American physicians used clove to treat digestive disorders, and the clove oil extract is used on the gums to relieve toothache. An infusion of clove extract will help relieve nausea, while a few drops of clove oil in water will help stop vomiting.
Cloves have wonderful anti-septic, antibiotic and anaesthetic properties. It is also said to be an aphrodisiac. It is much in use as an herbal remedy in Asian and Arab countries, particularly for treating toothache and is an ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwash. It is a common spice in India.