A new tech to beat cancer cells- curcumin

There is a piece of major breakthrough news from Thiruvananthapuram that has caught the attention of medical practitioners throughout the country. The news reports from Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram state that the curcumin molecules found in turmeric when used directly on cancer-affected tissues, kills the cancer cells that are malignant. The added advantage is that it does not affect the neighboring healthy cells and tissues.

US Patent for Curcumin tech to treat cancer

Sree Chitra’s research team head Lissy Krishnan also shared that curcumin (a molecule found in turmeric) beats the cancer cells only when it is directly targeted on them rather than oral or intravenous use. This disrupting tech of using curcumin for cancer treatment has made Sree Chitra institute proud to win a US patent for the same. It is the Indian Council for Medical Research that has funded this whole fruitful research. This technology will definitely bring a drastic change in cancer treatment. 

Research to extract curcumin
All about anti-cancer properties of turmeric

In general, all of us are aware of the amazing healing properties. Turmeric is also the most commonly used kitchen remedy. It is no less than a boon that curcumin found in turmeric can beat cancer cells. What adds to the relief is that it is easily available and has been the most widely used kitchen remedy. 

anti-cancer properties of turmeric
The anti-cancer properties of curcumin found in turmeric is not a recent discovery. So far, the biggest challenge associated with curcumin for cancer treatment is its low absorption in the body. Speaking of the latest breakthrough technology, the researchers focused on converting curcumin into wafer- configuration. Lissy Krishnan also added that wafer configuration allows the curcumin to easily release into the tissues when it is put on the affected body tissues. Once, the curcumin is implanted, it proactively works against the metastatic nature of cancer cells. 

According to a US-based study, curcumin works best in beating the following cancers:

  • Breast cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Bone cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Blood cancer

So, if the wafer-configuration works effectively in killing cancer cells without causing any side effects, then this can revolutionize the way cancer is treated. It can significantly reduces the number of deaths from cancer.

How does the cancer cell get destroyed?


The albumin protein that is present in the blood clots made of fibrin attaches to the cancer cells. This allows the fibrin clot to break down without causing any unfavorable damage. Further, the fibrin wafer targets the affected tissues to destroy if there are any remnants of malignant cancer cells after the surgical treatment. This ensures that the chances of recurrence of cancer are nil. 

turmeric for cancer treatment
Curcumin tech up for transfer and development

The director Sree Chitra Institute, Ms. Asha Kishore has announced that they are ready to transfer this breakthrough technology for development. They are looking forward to the use of curcumin for cancer treatment after proper tests and trials.  She also added that “The US patent adds Value to our efforts to transfer technology and boosts the industry’s confidence in exploring validations and trials with international markets in mind”. 

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