In many cases the resulting plant is considered a starting point on which you work on improving laboratories such as the route of administration and rapid effect, apart from its intensity, indicates Hortelano. Also, of course, that when testing with purified substances (either by extraction or by direct synthesis) can work with exact dose, since in nature and that there is no concept of a derivative concentration can not be determined (except that may be so low it takes ingest large quantities of product, as in the case of red wine resveratrol). In this case the plants from which the substance was obtained hispanica-Ballota are commonly known as red manrrubio and Galeopsis angustifolia.
In this case researchers started from a type of molecules of plant origin, terpenes, some of which "have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-viral" says Hortelano
The testing of the substance have been made in crops and animals (rats). Among their mechanisms of action is to induce programmed cell death (apoptosis) of tumor cells. It has been found that have a significant activity in certain leukemias. This is because this tumor tupo smaller quantities of drug need indicates Hortelano. Besides, very low toxicity to healthy cells. "We have given to rats in large quantities, and there has been no adverse effects," says the researcher.
Although not in the article, the lab has tested hispanolona in combination with other drugs, as a way to reduce the doses of anticancer aggressive.
All these features indicate that the discovery is a starting point "very promising," says Horton. Always within the range in which such research moves. We'll have to see what are the most effective derivatives-if any-passes the tests, and, if everything is fine, in 15 or 20 years may have a new treatment. But this term does not discourage researchers. At the end of the day, someone has to take the first step.