Kenyan Anti-cancer Plants

Kenyan Anti-cancer Plants– Kenyan scientists teamed up in a field research to discover about 20 local plants that can fight cancer.

All things being equal, this means that the latest discovery is paving a way for inventing a cancer cure here in Africa.

The team consist of scientists and researchers from several Kenyan universities. Also part of the team were researchers and officials from the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).

Revealing the findings of their various researches during the recently held 3-day annual scientific conference, the team said that the discovered plants have the potency to cure the most rampant cancers in Kenya.

Last year a Kenyan research showed that Cancer is the third leading cause of mortality in Kenya. Kenya Cancer Network says no less than 39,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed on annual basis.

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In attendance to the annual scientific conference in Kenya were over 30 researchers.

They confirmed that some of the 20 identified Kenyan anti-cancer plants were already in use by local herbalists.

Julius Wanjohi Mwangi, a professor of Pharmacognosy at the University of Nairobi sees this as the start of something new in Africa. Mwangi wants Kenyans to build on the research findings and officially establish it in the medical field like the Chinese are doing.

“We could learn from the Chinese who are doing a lot of clinical and other scientific work on their herbal medicines while concurrently using them in their hospitals,”

On that note, Sabina Wangui Wachira of KEMRI, sad that inline with the advocacy of Prof. Mwangi, over 60% of anti-cancer agents are currently being used in Kenyan hospitals. She also mentioned that interestingly these anti-cancer agents are all gotten from natural resources.

With her team from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, they also intensely studied the potency of 3 local plants in fighting the different types of cancers.

“We found extracts from the bark[of  Prunus Africana] highly effective against breast cancer cell lines, explaining why many communities use it as a medicine,”

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Prunus Africana is often referred to as Red Stinkwood. The plant is commonly used around the world for the treatment of prostate cancer.

Wachira and her team searched for the possibility of curing breast cancers with the plant and the testing proved positive.

Other plants that the team investigated into were the local confetti and pepper wood plants. These plants did poorly when tested on breast cancers but did very well in suppressing the cell lines of colon cancer.


Also sharing her botanical findings on tamarind fruit and pearl millet, Crispus M. Ngule said both plants were highly effective in fighting prostate, cervical, and breast cancers.

Likewise another researcher, Jencinta Wanjiru from Rongo University adds to Ngule’s finding. In her own testing she found out that a combination of moringa oleifera or drumstick with leaf extracts of the African indigo (sargellat) could suppress cell lines of cervical, prostate, and breast cancers.

The organizers of the conference appreciated the scholarly efforts of the researchers. It was advised that further investigations be carried to re-ascertain their claims before any drugs are made from these newly discovered Kenyan anti-cancer plants.