WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Two Indonesian students in Central Kalimantan developed medicine to cure cancer using a native plant called the Bajakah tree that is traditionally known for its healing properties.
- In the study, which won the gold in a competition in South Korea, the treatment was tested on a rat with cancerous tumors, for which the rat became disease-free two weeks later.
- Study findings suggest that the tree can possibly contain a potent medicinal characteristic and that further research will soon follow.
A pair of Indonesian high school students used a local plant’s medicinal properties in their efforts to create a cure for cancer.
The girls — Anggina Rafitri and Aysa Aurealya Maharani — who attend Palangka Raya State High School in Central Kalimantan, presented the results of their study at the World Invention Creativity (WICO) event in Seoul, South Korea where they won the gold medal.
Wanting to test the healing potential of local traditional medicine, both girls developed a treatment taken from the native Bajakah tree. When they tested this on a rat with cancerous tumors, the animal became cancer-free after two weeks.
The results suggest that the Bajakah tree may really have some sort of powerful healing properties igniting new hope across the globe for a fast-acting cancer cure.
Their winning the event had impressed Central Kalimantan Governor Sugianto Sabran, who hosted them at the Isen Mulang Palace last week.
As reported in a translated JaWaPos article, the governor said, “What they found was extraordinary. Not only is it needed by the Central Kalimantan people, but Indonesia and even the world.” He also added that he has requested agencies to help in patenting the authors’ intellectual property rights to the research.
While the findings using the rats were genuine, the Indonesian Cancer Foundation Chairperson, Prof. Dr. Aru Sudoyo pointed out that clinical trials that involve humans would take a longer time with the process more uncertain especially when using evidence-based medicine.
Even then, the teenagers were awarded grants worth IDR30 million ($2,109) by the governor for further research. According to Prof. Dr. Budi Wiweko, the Indonesian Medical Education Research Institution (IMERI) Deputy Director and faculty member at the University of Indonesia, the students’ next step will be to use mediators in continuing their efforts and getting help to raise funds.
Admitting that it could be quite difficult for the students to conduct the next phase in clinical testing alone, Dr. Wiweko told Kompas that both students will be offered mentorship and guidance from the Indonesian Technology Innovation for Health and Technology Transfer Office (TTO), respectively. In addition, Dr. Wiweko’s medical institute will also train them on how to develop their research like for instance, ascertaining what the Bajakah tree has to offer, without usurping what they have achieved.
Source: Good News Network