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Current Drug Therapy


ISSN (Print): 1574-8855
ISSN (Online): 2212-3903

Review Article

Role of Unani Medicines in Cancer Control and Management

Author(s): Imran Ali*, Mohd. Suhail, Mohd. Farooq Naqshbandi, Mohd. Fazil, Bilal Ahmad and Ahmad Sayeed

Volume 14, Issue 2, 2019

Page: [92 - 113] Pages: 22

DOI: 10.2174/1574885513666180907103659

Price: $65


Background: Cancer is a havoc and killer disease. Several ways including allopathic chemotherapy have been used in the cancer treatment. Allopathic chemotherapy has several limitations and side effects. Unani medicine is also one of the therapies to cure cancer.

Objective: In this type of treatment, herbal drugs are used for the treatment and prevention of cancer. The main attractive thing about herbal drug is no side effect as compared to allopathic chemotherapy.

Methods: Actually, herbal drugs are the extracts of medicinal plants. The plant extracts are obtained by crushing and heating the main part of the plants; showing anticancer activity. The main plants used in the treatment of cancer are oroxylum indicum, dillenia indica, terminalia arjuna etc.

Results: Mainly the cancers treated are of digestive system, breast, cervical, brain, blood, bone, lungs, thyroid, uterine, bladder, throat etc.

Conclusion: The present review article discusses the importance of Unani system of medicine for the treatment of cancer. Besides, the future perspectives of Unani medicine in cancer treatment are also highlighted.

Keywords: Cancer, Unani medicines, mechanism of action, future challenges, perspectives, allopathic chemotherapy.

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