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DRDO’s Drug For Radiation A Boon For Cancer Patients

Times of India
20 February 2012
Ahmedabad India

The special drug being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) against radiations out of Tulsi and high altitude fruits and plants and manufactured at a Vadodara facility will be a boon for cancer patients who undergo radiotherapy.

The real beneficiaries of this herbal drug will be cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy and today are administered Amiphostine — which is a synthetic drug and is found to have toxicity.

Under clinical conditions scientists have found that the phytochemicals extracted from Tulsi and other high altitude plants have no toxicity of their own. Whereas Amiphostime is found to have side affect the kidneys and the nervous system.

“The anti oxidants released by Tulsi and other plants like the seabukthorn, cosmonaut plant and Himalayan Mayapple in our cells scavenge free radicals that are released in the cells owing to radiation exposure. These free radicals are responsible for cellular damage. These plant phytochemicals even form a protective shield around the DNA of the cell, thereby preserving the life of a cell. The best part of these plant extracts is that they trigger cellular repair also,” says senior scientist at DRDO Rajesh Arora.

He adds: “In case of radiotherapy phytochemicals from these plants shield the healthy cells while leave the tumor cells exposed to the radiation therapy. There are close to 200 phytochemicals that are released from these plants into our cells and these organic chemicals work in combination to shield the healthy cells.”

On the dosage of these medicines Arora says, “Under clinical conditions we have found that the drug should be administered 30 minutes before venturing into a radiation contaminated area. The drug works for close to 2 to 3 hours. The drug is administered at 10 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight and may even exceed to 250 mg per kilogram of human body weight depending on various factors like the weight and height of the individual or his body mass index,” says Arora.

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