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Nano-ayurvedic medicine and its potential in cancer treatment

Manu Lopus   

  1. School of Biological Sciences, UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, University of Mumbai Kalina Campus, Vidyanagari, Mumbai 400098, India
  • Received:2022-08-20 Accepted:2022-11-14 Published:2023-01-02

Nano-ayurvedic medicine is an emerging field in which nanoparticles are functionalized with active principles of potent ayurvedic herbs to enhance their efficacy and target-specific delivery. Scientific advances in the past couple of decades have revealed the molecular mechanisms behind the anticancer potential of several ayurvedic herbs, attributed chiefly to their polyphenols. With the advancement of nanotechnology, it has been established that size-, shape-, and surface-chemistry-optimized nanoparticles can be utilized as synergizing carriers for these polyphenols. Nano-ayurvedic medicine utilizes ayurvedic herbs to functionalize different nanoparticles and enhance their potency. Studies have shown that the active polyphenols of such herbs can be coated onto the nanoparticles of different metals, such as gold, and that they work more efficiently than the free herbal extract in inhibiting cancer cell proliferation. Recently, an Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH)-based clinical trial in humans indicated the anticancer potential of such formulations. Nano-ayurvedic medicine is emerging as a potential treatment option for hyperproliferative diseases.

Key words: Nano-ayurvedic medicine, Nanomedicine, Cancer, Cell cycle, Apoptosis

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