The research developed a new drug delivery system with the help of an element called curcumin which is present in turmeric to treat bone cancer effectively.
Turmeric the golden spice is well known for its medicinal properties. It is widely used for medicinal purposes since ages. A recent study explored more health benefits of turmeric. The study evaluated the benefits of turmeric for bones.
The research developed a new drug delivery system with the help of an element called curcumin which is present in turmeric. It mainly prevents the spread of bone cancer cells and promotes the growth of healthy bone cells.
This finding can be beneficial for post-operative treatments for people suffering from osteosarcoma which is the second most prevalent cause of death in children as per Journal of Applied Materials and Interfaces.
Patients who suffer from bone cancer at a young age are generally treated with high doses with chemotherapy before and after the surgery. But it has certain side effects. Therefore, the researchers were keenly looking for a gentle treatment option to treat patients after surgery who are trying to recover with the help of harsh drugs to stop the growth of tumour cells.
Turmeric is loaded with curcumin which makes it more beneficial for an individual to treat certain diseases. Turmeric is also loaded with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and bone-building capabilities. Use of turmeric can also prevent the development of certain cancers.
"I want people to know the beneficial effects of these natural compounds. Natural biomolecules derived from these plant-based products are inexpensive and a safer alternative to synthetic drugs," said Bose. However, when consumed orally as a medicine, the body was not able to absorb the compound properly. It was also noticed that it got metabolized and eliminated too quickly.
For the study 3D printing was used to build support scaffolds out of calcium phosphate. Whereas the implants were made up of mental completely such as ceramic scaffolds which can function like a real bone. Later the researchers used curcumin along with the treatment.
The researchers concluded that the developed system stopped the growth of osteosarcoma cells by 96 percent after testing for 11 days. The system also enhanced the growth of healthy bone cells.
"This study introduces a new era of integration where modern 3d printing technology is coupled with the safe and effective use of alternative medicine, which may provide a better tool for bone tissue engineering," Bose added.
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