This is the first successful study of the application of blood sandalwood seeds in the treatment of cancer.
Blood sandalwood seeds contain ingredients to prevent breast cancer. Vivek Akhauri (29), a researcher at Magadha University, made this sensational claim. The post-graduate student of biotechnology also said that the experiment on special species of rats was successful.
In August, Sage Publishing published his research paper in the American Journal of Science, Medicine, Art and Other Knowledge.
Earlier, laboratory research had found evidence of anti-cancer properties in the central part of the trunk of the sandalwood tree. However, this is the first time the study has been successful in any animal.
Akhauri said, ‘The tumor that was formed after the cancer cells were introduced into the rat’s body was shown to reduce the size of the tumor by 49.5% after feeding the seeds of the sandalwood tree once daily for five weeks. The seeds were collected from Simri village in Boxer district.
“The rats that were not fed the seeds die after five weeks,” he said.
Asked why he stopped feeding sandalwood seeds to rats five weeks later, Akhauri said: It is the responsibility of the pharmaceutical company to ensure this through clinical trials.
Akhauri is currently researching the importance of ‘bell’ fruits, which are readily available in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka and banks, to reduce the size of cancerous tumors.
Incidentally, the research of Chinese Professor Li and his co-researchers to cure cancer by using the inside of the sandalwood tree trunk was successful in 2018. However, the test was limited to the laboratory, Akhauri said. His co-researcher Manorama Kumari, a professor in the Department of Botany at Anugraha Narayan College in Patna, said: This success has been seen especially in liver, breast and female genital cancers.
Earlier, in 2011, a study by Professor Wu and co-researchers in Taiwan found that the growth of liver and breast cancer cells could be controlled with the help of ingredients found in the central part of the sandalwood plant. However, Professor Kumari has claimed that there is no comparison between the artificial test and their test performed on rats of Charles Foster species.
According to Ashok Sharma, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, AIIMS, Delhi, the success of Akhauri and co-researchers will help raise global awareness about the role of Ayurveda in cancer treatment