Researchers were first alerted to the medicinal potential of the bush willow
by a study into natural medicines used by traditional healers.
The extract from an African bush willow
, Combretum caffrum which has been used for centuries by African herbalists to heal the sick and by Zulu warriors to ward off enemies, is the base for a new drug that might well deliver the killer blow to the Big C.
The first trials of the Combretastatin A4 drug - derived from the African Bush Willow
, have shown that it does cut blood supplies - starving tumours of oxygen and causing them to die.
of Lund, Sweden, is derived from the African bush willow
CA4P is the water-soluble prodrug of Combretastatin A4, a compound isolated from the African bush willow
CA4P, the water-soluble prodrug of Combretastatin A4, a compound isolated from the African bush willow
Combretum Caffrum, is designed to damage and destroy solid tumors by choking off the flow of blood that enables them to grow and thrive.
Combretastatin A4P is derived from the African bush willow
Stem colour Plants grown for their colourful stems - such as dogwoods, rubus and some bush willows
- will produce more intense colours if the stems are cut back hard now.