Researchers have claimed to have found anti-cancer properties in three traditional varieties of rice paddy in Chhattisgarh.
The research stated that Gathwan, Maharaji and Laicha which are three medicinal varieties of rice have cancer fighting abilities, said scientist Deepak Sharma to My Medical Mantra.
These varieties were taken from the rice germplasm bank preserved in IGKV, said Sharma, principal scientist at the genetics and plant breeding department of the agriculture university.
Sharma added, “The three varieties of rice have properties to cure lungs and breast cancers without affecting normal cells. From them, Laicha has been found to be the most effective in preventing proliferation of cancer cells and destroying them.”
He further said, “Gathwan also has the property to cure arthritis. Similarly, Laicha has been used in treating skin-related problems by villagers in some areas. These varieties of rice also showed properties to prevent multiplication of cancer cells without affecting the normal cells.”
The research was conducted by the Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV), Raipur and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Mumbai.
Laboratory tests suggest:
- Laicha rice killed breast cancer tissues
- All the three varieties are capable of killing lung cancer tissues
- Laicha killed 65 per cent of breast cancer tissues , Maharaj and Gathwan killed 35 and 10 per cent respectively
- In lung cancer, Gathwan and Maharaji killed 70 per cent cancerous tissues whereas Laicha killed 100 per cent cancer tissues
Last year, IGKV, affiliated to the University Grants Commission, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with BARC for carrying out a range of research on various crops.
As a part the agreement, a study is being carried out on these three varieties of rice under the guidance of V P Venugopalan, Associate Director, Bio Science Group, BARC and other scientists.
Describing the findings as a significant achievement, IGKV Vice-Chancellor S K Patil said very soon these three varieties of rice will be used in treatment of cancer.
He said several research projects are underway to identify medicinal properties of Chhattisgarh’s traditional varieties of rice preserved by late R H Richharia, a renowned researcher.
Sharma, who is also coordinator for researches being carried as a part of the MoU, said Gathwan, Maharaji and Laicha have been used for medicinal purpose in many pockets of the state, particularly in the tribal region of Bastar.
Certain elements in these rice varieties not only prevented the multiplication of cancer cells but also destroyed them to a significant extent.
The research concluded that the necessary active ingredient can be achieved by consuming 200 gm. of these varieties of rice daily by a person.
In the next stage of research, BARC scientists are trying to extract the anti-cancer ingredients or elements from these varieties and conduct trials on mice.
Subsequently, they plan to develop it as dietary supplement which will be easy for consumption for people.