IMPHAL, Jun 10: A team of research scholars of Manipur University life sciences department under the initiative of associate professor, Potsangbam Kumar Singh, ethno botany and plant physiology laboratory of the university have been able to confirm the name of the claimed anti-cancer plant locally known as Damdei, which is used by a local healer of Saikot village, Churachandpur.
The botanical name of the anti-cancer plant was confirmed as Croton Caudatus Geiseler, a variety of Euphordiaceae plant.
According to prof. Potsangbam Kumar Singh, associate professor at the labortary, who briefed the press this evening, he along with the research scholars of the life sciences department conducted a research on the local herb locally known as Damdei which is being used in abstracting medicine to cure cancer at Saikot village.
He said his team under the initiative of Mahendro Singh Khaidem, project coordinator of Manipur Agri-Business Consortium, visited Saikot village and collected samples of the plant.
He said he along with his team found the variety of the plant to be Croton Caudatus Geiseler and the same process of investigation has been registered at the MU herbarium with coll number 004101. For further affirmation the recent findings of the plant variety were sent to the Botanical Survey of India, BSI, at Shillong and the BSI, Shillong has made an official confirmation of the anti-cancerous plant as Croton Caudatus Geiseler. It is listed under ACC No. 96367 of the BSI, Shillong.
Prof. Potsangbam Kumar who came back from Shillong this evening further disclosed that the Damdei belongs to the Euphordiacea plants, which have three active components of Crotoflorine, a phynolic substance, Crostsparimine, a new base mop and Sparsiflorine, an alkaloid substance
When isolated from the leaf this component is used in manufacturing of pharmaceutical drugs and other medicines for various forms of treatment. Besides Croton Caudatus Geiseler found at Saikot has its peculiar ingredients of Datriacontanom beta amyrine and beta sitosterat at its barks and stems which are used in treatment of ailments related to calcarious (cancer), as per the reports from the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow.
He said the new exploration and identification of a highly medicinal plant found in the state scientifically for the first time, shows a clear instance of presence of many more highly medicinal plants. There was need for proper steps to be taken by the concerned departments of the state government for the proper protection and conservation of such plants before it is widely exploited, he suggested.
‘Miracle’ plant from Saikot Curative values identified, scientific name given
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jun 10: Along with identification of the medicinal properties found in the plant (Chawilien Damdei) in Saikot of Churachandpur district, which has been in the news for quite sometime now for its curative powers, a team of researchers from Life Sciences Department of Manipur University has able to assign a scientific name to the plant for the first time.
Talking to The Sangai Express in this connection, Potsangbam Kumar, Associate Professor of Life Sciences Department, MU who led the team said subsequent to the publication of the news report of Chawilien Damdei, traditionally known as Kam-Sabut, in this paper, his team conducted a research and submitted the report to the Botanical Survey of India at Shillong which finally gave the scientific name of Croton Caudatus Gieseler to the plant under the family of Euphorbia ceae.
The code number given newly to the scientifically recognised plant by the Botanical Survey of India, Shillong is Acc. No. 96367 while that given by the Manipur University is MU Coll. No-004107, Kumar said, while disclosing that the plant has curative medicinal qualities for cancer, diabetes, malaria and indigestion, etc.
Normally, active compounds like crotsparinine, crotoflorine and sparsiflorine are found in the leaves of the plants under the family of Euphorbia ceae. So further research is being conducted to find out whether these active compounds are also present in the leaves of the plant found in Saikot.
So far, presence of dotriacontamol, b-amyrin and b-sitosterol in the roots and barks of the plant have been detected.
Mentioning that at present there is huge demand for his herbal medicine and people from various parts of Manipur as well as from adjoining States like Mizoram, Nagaland are coming to get the plant extract, Kumar expressed serious concern over mode of collecting the plant leaves from the forest in large scale to meet the growing demand.
In such a scenario, there is a possible threat to this medicinal plant, he said, while drawing the attention of the Central Government, the State Government and all the NGOs so as to protect the plant for future use.
There is also report of smuggling out the plants to other neighbouring States which are comparatively advanced in research work, Kumar said, adding that steps should be taken up for patenting of the plant.
It may be noted here after one 70-year old Cancer patient, Chawilien of Saikot village claimed that the swelling near his ear had vanished on drinking the extracts of the plant, there has been huge demand for this herbal medicine traditionally being used as ve- terinary medicine. With a period of four-months ti-mes, a centre care centre has been set up at Saikot named as ‘Chawilien Cancer Medicine Research Agency Care Centre’, after the patient.