Saturday, July 12, 2014

Does Euphorbia Plants causes cancer ?

 

One of the most common topic of discussion in South India is about Euphorbia Plants. I have heard that several people talking about Euphorbia plants are causing cancer and it has to be destroyed. Several people in my locality have uprooted the Euphorbia plants and threw them in to the canal or burnt to ashes. By reading this you may think that this plant is cheap. But actually it is more expensive. Since it is topic of common discussion I collected some details from the internet. The findings are given below.

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Euphorbia milii

Euphorbia is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae. Euphorbiaceae contains more than two thousand species. It is primarily found in Africa and America. I am not saying much about the family Euphorbiaceae. Actually there is no true evidence showing that Euphorbia causes cancer. But it is true that the latex of Euphorbia causes irritation to the skin. It causes more harm if its latex comes in to contact with the eyes.

The website theamateursdigest.com mentions several incidents supporting that the latex of Euphorbia causes irritation and swelling  It also reiterates that tha Euphorbia plants are dangerous if handled carelessly. But the website does not states that  Euphorbia causes cancer. I recommend this website to everyone who want to know more about the harmful effects of Euphorbia.

The most commonly grown Euphorbia plants in Kerala is Euphorbia milii. If is a flowering plant usually grown in gardens (before the rumour spreads). In China, E.milii is used for making herbal medicines.  US National Library of Medicine National Institute of health in its website informs that  E. milii crude latex does not act as a tumor promoting agent on the mouse back skin assay, after conducting test on mice.

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Euphorbia milii

While the a website kerala9.com reports that the health department of Kerala State has informed that the rumours that Euphorbia causes cancer is baseless and they haven’t appointed anyone to advice the public to remove plants from their home.

 

Kerala9

 

If you have any additional information or suggestions, please comment below….

15 comments:

  1. As per this report in BBC health http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3024051.stm . The one causes the cancer is Euphorbia_tirucalli (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia_tirucalli) and what we grow most of kerala is Euphorbia milii (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia_milii)

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  2. Thank you!! I have been trying to get this into people's sense ...but they just won't listen! In spite of the fact that truth lies just a click away!!!

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  3. Euphorbia Milii is classified classified toxic. Contains diterpene esters of the hydroxyphorbol group.

    They are primary irritants and cocarcinogans.
    A Co-carcinogen is a chemical that promotes the effects of a carcinogen in the production of cancer.

    Usually, the term is used to refer to chemicals that are not carcinogenic on their own, such that an

    equivalent amount of the chemical is insufficient to initiate carcinogenesis.[1][2] A chemical can be

    co-carcinogenic with other chemicals or with nonchemical carcinogens.. -Wikipedea

    These are plants meant for the desert and not for household to bring trouble. The thorny nature of the

    plant itself is indicative of that.

    See:
    http://books.google.co.in/books?id=a7-

    f66fRfzQC&pg=PA130&lpg=PA130&dq=milliamines&source=bl&ots=F0i6tmfJXA&sig=4AQmvK8XeE

    TsfocsVOcsfsFDgHQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qwiAVLSAMsvmuQTI0IHIAw&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAjgK#v=onep

    age&q=milliamines&f=false

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  4. Wonder why our folks are so keen on growing this plant (Euphorbia Milii) classified as 'poisonous' by US and Canadian Governments; as well as reputed Universities such as UIUC and NCSU. Euphorbia Milii is known to cause "Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea when ingested; redness, swelling, blisters after some delay following contact with skin"

    1) Canadian Poisonous Plants Information System
    http://www.cbif.gc.ca/eng/species-bank/canadian-poisonous-plants-information-system/all-plants-scientific-name/euphorbia-milii/?id=1370403266862

    2) US FDA Poisonous Plant Database
    http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/plantox/detail.cfm?id=23638

    3) NCSU
    http://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/all/euphorbia-milii/

    4) UIUC
    http://www.library.illinois.edu/vex/toxic/crown/crown.htm

    5) Euphorbia Plant shoots Seattle woman in eye with poisonous sap as she gardens
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/plant-shoots-seattle-woman-eye-poisonous-sap-article-1.1964587

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  5. This plant is used to treat cancer, earpain, wart, rheumatism, infections and so on. As any other medicine you have to use the right dose. Do not allow the sap in contact with eyes, the first days of applying avoid the any kind of heat, eating pork meat, cold drinks, etc.

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  6. This plant is used to treat cancer, earpain, wart, rheumatism, infections and so on. As any other medicine you have to use the right dose. Do not allow the sap in contact with eyes, the first days of applying avoid the any kind of heat, eating pork meat, cold drinks, etc.

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  7. An overwhelming majority of the literature (scientific) refers to the co-carcinogenic properties of Euphorbia plants. That a co-carcinogenic can be used for treatment of cancer (and other ailments) sounds far-fetched and one wonders whether there are any credible sources (scientific studies) of this claim.

    Here are links to some of the scientific studies about carcinogenic nature of Euphorbia plants (which includes Euphorbia milii also)

    From British Journal of Cancer
    http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/v88/n10/full/6600929a.html

    'Activation of the Epstein–Barr virus lytic cycle by the latex of the plant Euphorbia tirucalli'

    From Phytochemsitry (Elsevier)
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031942299000163

    'Tumor promoting diterpenes from Euphorbia leuconeura L.'
    Gerd Vogga, Elke Mattesa, Jan Rothenburgera, Norbert Hertkornb, Stefan Achatzb, Heinrich Sandermann Jr.

    http://www.euphorbia.de/res3.htm#a113
    Tumor promoter-like activity of the molluscicidal latex of 'Crown-of-Thorns'(Euphorbia milii var. hislopii) in the V79 metabolic cooperation assay.
    Cruz CM, Kasper P, Cataldo A, Zamith HP, Paumgartten FJ.
    Departamento de Ciencias Biologicas, Escola Nacional de Saude Publica Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

    ".....These results that E. milii latex contains tumor-promoting substances. These findings suggest that the use of crude latex as a molluscicide may pose a carcinogenic hazard to people who are continuously exposed to the product."

    http://www.theamateursdigest.com/epoisons.htm

    As they say 'Prevention is always better than Cure'. Better safe than sorry!!!

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  8. The gutting of any medication or the show, which is in the hospital with my mother in the foot '

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  9. As per this report in BBC health http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3024051.stm . The one causes the cancer is Euphorbia_tirucalli (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia_tirucalli) and what we grow most of kerala is Euphorbia milii (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia_milii)
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