THE PAST MEETS THE FUTURE, ADDING ESSENTIAL OILS TO TRADITIONAL TREATMENT METHODS
As essential oils are becoming more and more prevalent in medical discussions, scholars are more deeply investigating the impacts essential oils can have when it comes to changing modern medical practices. Educational institutions all over the world are investing more time and resources in studying ways to incorporate essential oils into all facets of medicine. One such study recently published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology (Volume 180, 2 March 2016, pages 18-27) highlights the possibility of using essential oils in conjunction with traditional breast cancer treatments to help make treatments more effective.
Essential oil from Inula japonica and Angelica duharicae “could reverse multidrug resistance (MDR) in the breast cancer cell….Our findings demonstrate that these…oils could reverse MDR…”
The study conducted by researchers from the Center for Information in Biomedicine at the University of Electronic Science and Technology in Sichuan, China examined how essential oil from Inula Japonica(IJO) and Angelica dahuricae(ADO) can help with the problem of multidrug resistance (MDR) during the course of cancer treatment. MDR refers to the biological event when an organism develops the ability to develop a resistance to pharmaceutical drugs and treatments. This can be especially problematic when it comes to treating a disease such as cancer. Cancer cells can build a defense to treatment drugs, thus causing MDR and making the drugs less affective in fighting the disease. This can lead to higher and higher dosages of treatment drugs as well as the prolonging and possible failure of treatment.
The researchers performed experiments in which they first treated cancer cells with ADO and IJO and then treated the cancer cells with doxorubicin (DOX), a traditional cancer treatment pharmaceutical. They found that the treatment of cancer cells with ADO and IJO prior to treatment with DOX reversed multidrug resistance by a factor of 2 to 3 times. They concluded that essential oil from Inula japonica and Angelica duharicae “could reverse multidrug resistance (MDR) in the breast cancer cell….Our findings demonstrate that these…oils could reverse MDR…”
Findings like these can lead to the incorporation of essential oils into traditional treatment regimens, cutting treatment times and shortening the patient’s otherwise long road to recovery. For the full article, follow the link below.