Natural approaches to anticancer therapy
Nature needs to be full of toxins for species to be able to survive. These toxins have been recognised as medicinal compounds for centuries and have also been used in other indications. It was here that researchers and Pharma industry notable Borroughs-Welcome and Eli Lilly, turned to in the 60s and 70s.
Following millions of years of evolution, nature has realised that its cell poisons need to be ‘multi action’ so as to be effective against a wide variety of different predators, and so as to remain effective in an evolutionary learning environment. Approximately 30% of effective antineoplastic agents are from natural sources and are from the following groups:
- Plant derived
- Microbial derived
- Marine derived
- Heavy metals