South African indigenous plant (Geelbos) could help in cancer treatment

A South African indigenous plant, kraalbos (Galenia Africana), that has proved effective in killing cancer cells in a laboratory setting, could potentially lead to breast cancer treatment.

A research team, led by UWC professor of molecular biology, Burtram Fielding, are currently studying this plant but says human trails are still a long way off.

Fielding says the plants, also known as Geelbos, was used by the indigenous people of South Africa for hundreds of years to treat skin and eye conditions.

He says the Bushmen also chewed on it for toothache relief.

It has been effectively used in the past but never for cancer.

Prof. Burtram Fielding, UWC professor of molecular biology

We have used Geelbos in various formats... interestingly it's been killing different cancer cells differently.

Prof. Burtram Fielding, UWC professor of molecular biology

We found it to be very effective against cancer cells from breast cancer as well as skin cancer. Those two have been killed in a laboratory very effectively.

Prof. Burtram Fielding, UWC professor of molecular biology

To hear more of this interview with Prof Burtram Fielding, listen below:

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