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The chemical is called parthenolide. It's the active ingredient of the feverfew plant -- also called bachelor's button --- and is common in North America. The feverfew plant has been used for centuries as an herbal medicine for migraine and rheumatoid arthritis, write the researchers, who included Monica Guzman, PhD, of the University of Rochester Medical School.
So far, parthenolide has shown promise in lab tests on human cells. Guzman and colleagues found that 18 hours of exposure to parthenolide killed leukemia stem cells -- which give rise to leukemia cancer cells -- without harming normal, healthy blood cells.
"Thus, not only is parthenolide a potent anti-leukemia agent, it has no significant toxicity to normal cells at the concentrations tested," write the researchers in the online edition of the journal Blood.
Originally posted by Mayet
I used to dry it out and roll it up in cigarettes for my mother who has cancer, she is still alive ten years later.
My mum always smoked a feverfew cigarette to help her with her chemo and stuff.....