Herbal Coltsfoot(Tussilago farfara) Anti Bacterial and Cancer Remedy

By Kyle J. Norton

Cancer is a group of cell mutated diseases caused by the alternation of DNA.

Most cases of cancer begin in the cells on the surface of the inner lining of the tissue of an organ. At the early, most people with cancer are asymptomatic, however, at the later, due to the size and the tumor, patients may experience the general cancer symptoms such as unintended weight loss, fatigue, gastrointestinal discomfort and loss of appetite and localized symptoms such as severe pain and bleeding.

The exact causes of cancer are not identified. As of today, researchers do not know why one person develops cancer and another doesn’t, even they share some common risk factors of the disease.

However, most prevalent factors associated with the cancer onset are age, family history, long-term exposure to certain cancer-induced chemicals, use of tobacco and excessive alcohol drinking,….. the list goes on and on, depending on the types of cancer.

Some researchers suggested that the causes of cancer in the Western world may be associated with widespread obesity.

Dr. Karen Basen-Engquist, in the evaluation of obesity risk of cancer, said, “In the United States, approximately 85,000 new cancer cases per year are related to obesity. Recent research has found that as the body mass index increases by 5 kg/m2, cancer mortality increases by 10%”.

And, “High priorities for future research involve additional work on the underlying mechanisms, and trials to examine the effect of lifestyle behavior change and weight loss interventions on cancer and intermediate biomarkers”.

The findings strong indicated the risk of cancer is increased substantially in obese.

Bacteria are single-celled organisms of which only a few have been found to cause infection.
The bacterial infection is the infection caused by bacteria. Most cases of bacterial infection are treated with antibiotics. However, bacteria are very adaptable, overuse of antibiotics has made many of them resistant to antibiotics.

There are trillions of strains of bacteria in the world, but only a few of these cause diseases in humans. Some of them live inside our gut.

Most common symptoms of bacterial infection include redness and heat, swelling, fever, pain at the site of infection.

In severe cases, the patient may also experience symptoms of swollen lymph glands.

Most cases of bacterial infection can be treated successfully if the types of bacteria that cause the infection are identified.

There are many risk factors associated with the onset of bacterial infection, some researchers suggested that people with a weakened immune system may increase the prevalence of bacterial infection.

Coltsfoot(Tussilago farfara) is a perennial herbaceous plant, genus Tussilago, belonging to the family Asteraceae, native to Europe and Asia. The herb has been used over thousands of year to treat asthma, various coughs, bronchial congestion, respiratory disorders, headaches and obstruction in the nasal passage, etc.

On finding a potential compound for the treatment of chronic disease, researchers examined the anti-bacterial and cancer effects of sesquiterpenoids from the flower bud extract of Tussilago farfara by the silver and gold nanoparticles that had a characteristic surface plasmon resonance at 416 nm and 538 nm, respectively.

According to the tested analysis, the silver nanoparticles showed better antibacterial activity (two- to four-fold enhancement) on both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria comapred to the extract alone.

Furthermore, the highest antibacterial activity was obtained against vancomycin-resistant Enterococci Van-A type Enterococcus faecium.

Gold nanoparticles exerted the highest cytotoxicity against cancer cell lines, compared silver nanoparticles, particularly in human pancreas ductal adenocarcinoma cells.

Based on the findings, researchers said, “both nanoparticles synthesized with the sesquiterpenoids from T. farfara flower bud extract can be applied as drug delivery vehicles of anticancer or antibacterial agents for future nanomedicine applications.”.

Taken altogether, coltsfoot may be considered a remedy for the treatment of bacterial infection and cancer, pending to the confirmation of the larger sample size and multicenter human study.

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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it’s news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
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Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

Sources
(1) Sesquiterpenoids from Tussilago farfara Flower Bud Extract for the Eco-Friendly Synthesis of Silver and Gold Nanoparticles Possessing Antibacterial and Anticancer Activities by Lee YJ1, Song K2, Cha SH3, Cho S4, Kim YS5, Park Y. (PubMed)