The German Cancer-Science Council has just revealed that a substance from the root of a flower could prove beneficial in treatment of Prostate Cancer.

Experts at the University of Goettingen, in their laboratory tests, found that ‘tectorigenin’, obtained from the roots of Belamcanda Chinesis, curbed the growth of cancer cells, which was proven in animal cells. The phytoestrogens derived from the flower have an anti-proliferative effect on Prostate Cancer cells.

Belamcanda Chinensis (also known as Leopard Lily) is a perennial that grows in temperate regions, and has lily-like flowers. In China it grows wild.

The medicinal value of the plant has already been discovered in China and Korea. It is a bitter cooling herb, which mainly acts on the liver and lungs, reduces inflammation and lowers high body temperature. It is effective agains viral, fungal and bacterial organisms, and is used as an antidote for snakebites. It is used in treatment of acute tonsillitis, laryngitis, cough, and oedema of the glottis.

Prostate Cancer is one of the most common Cancers in men. More studies are likely to be conducted, as researchers feel that the substance may also be used as a preventive medicine, so that the development of cancer in men could be stopped in the first place.