Medicinal Plants Against Cancer

  • Sameen Ruqia Imadi
  • Isra Mahmood
  • Alvina Gul


Medicinal plants possess chemical constituents and produce secondary metabolites having countless benefits regarding various ailments. The extract of these plants can act as anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, anti-allergic, anti-cancerous, analgesic, and antidiabetic. Due to these medicinal properties, these plants have been used since centuries for the cure and prevention of different kind of diseases. Derivatives from the medicinal plants and their extracts are effective in small amounts, economical, and safe to use, with negligible side effects. Moreover, medicinal plants are easily accessible and have better compatibility. Review of the literature proves that countless medicinal plants have been exploited for their antitumor as well as anticancer potential. This chapter intends to focus on these plants showing medicinal effects against cancer and tumor. The chapter digs into the detail methodologies through which daily usage plants can be explored for medicinal purposes, the preparation of extracts, and the physiological responses of body towards these extracts.


Antitumor Anticancer Antioxidative Medicinal properties Secondary metabolites 


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