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radium weed seeds

Radium weed seeds

Euphorbia peplus sap is toxic to rapidly replicating human tissue and has long been used as a traditional remedy for common skin lesions, including cancer, recalcitrant plantar warts, normal warts and sunspots. The active ingredient in the sap is a diterpene ester called ingenol mebutate. A commercailly available product is available from the Australian company Peplin Biotech.

Care and Cultivation of Euphorbia peplus

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Sow just under the surface of a quality seed raising mix or directly into the garden. Keep moist until germination in 1-3 weeks. Full sun to part shade position. Up tp 20-30cm tall. Euphorbia peplus will self seed readily. Take care when handling broken stems.

Radium weed seeds

Water the plants frequently and in a proper way, so that the excess water is drained out of the pot. Remember, radium weed is not a “bog plant”. On the other hand, plants of this species grow excellently in light to highly alkaline soils. Soils that are sandier are more suitable for the plants. Although radium weed plant does not require fertilizer for healthy growth, you can provide them with seaweed emulsions from time to time. This will keep the plants happier.

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The promising results of the several pharmacological researches as well as clinical trials have hinted that many active compounds present in radium weed are excellent for being developed into potent anti-cancer drugs. So far the active compounds of radium weed have not been produced chemically, because they are basically complex molecules. As of now, these compounds can only be directly obtained from the plants. As a result, further studies are needed to enable large-scale commercial production as well as mechanized cultivation of radium weed and extraction of its latex or sap.

Habitat and cultivation

When grown in places having temperate climatic conditions, radium weed plants will grow delightfully throughout the year. However, when the plants are grown in places having cold winters and where snowing is common you can grow the plants indoors, under lights.

The most active chemical compound present in radium weed is actually a hydrophobic ester called ingenol 3-angelate (PEP005), which is basically an irritant compound possessing anti-tumour action, especially against cancer cell lines in humans. This compound has been found to be 90 percent effective in treating various skin cancers when applied in Phase II clinical trials. In fact, PEP005 has turned out to be a potential latest topical treatment for skin cancer. In addition, it has been found that PEP005 also possesses anti-leukaemic actions and can strongly inhibit an assortment of tumours that have been tested so far, counting the cells of breast cancer.

For several centuries, people have been using the radium weed (E. peplus) plants in the form of folk remedy for treating an assortment of health conditions including asthma and warts.

Parts used

Aside from treating various skin lesions, including cancer, radium weed has been traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, anthelmintic and expectorant properties. A decoction prepared from the leaves of this herb is taken internally for curing dysentery and diarrhea. Similarly, an infusion prepared from the aerial parts of the plant is also taken internally for treating asthma and catarrh. In addition, this infusion is also used in the form of a purgative as well as to lower high blood pressure.

Radium weed plants grow almost all through the year in most places having temperate climatic conditions. However, they grow best during the full summer provided the plants are watered regularly. Usually, the plant becomes completely mature in just three months. Hence, it is not a good idea to buy potted plants, because they have already past their best growing period.