The sap exuded by the plant is toxic in nature. It can especially replicate human tissues very rapidly. Since long, people have traditionally used the sap of radium weed in the form of a remedy for various types of skin lesions, including skin cancers like intraepidermal carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. In addition, this sap has also been used for treating keratosis, particularly actinic keratosis. Other uses of the radium weed sap include treating corns, warts, sunspots and various other skin discolorations.
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.
Radium weed (Euphorbiaceae peplus) thrives best when grown in full sunlight. It also grows well in partial shade. When grown in a shady area, the plant will be relatively taller and have a deeper green hue along with softer branch tissues. On the other hand, plants grown in full sun are sturdier, have a relatively lighter green color and are relatively shorter. However, their sap content is higher compared to the plants grown in shady locations.
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Objective: To determine the effectiveness of E. peplus sap in a phase I/II clinical study for the topical treatment of basal cell carcinomas (BCC), squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) and intraepidermal carcinomas (IEC).
Results: The complete clinical response rates at 1 month were 82% (n = 28) for BCC, 94% (n = 16) for IEC and 75% (n = 4) for SCC. After a mean follow-up of 15 months these rates were 57%, 75% and 50%, respectively. For superficial lesions < 16 mm, the response rates after follow-up were 100% for IEC (n = 10) and 78% for BCC (n = 9).
Methods: Thirty-six patients, who had refused, failed or were unsuitable for conventional treatment, were enrolled in a phase I/II clinical study. A total of 48 skin cancer lesions were treated topically with 100-300 μL of E. peplus sap once daily for 3 days.
Background: The sap from Euphorbia peplus, commonly known as petty spurge in the U.K. or radium weed in Australia, has been used as a traditional treatment for a number of cancers.