A team of scientists from the Institute of Bioresource and Sustainable Development (IBSD) have collected specimens of a locally grown herb in a village in Manipur claimed to have properties to cure cancer.
The herb, locally known as 'zanlung damdei' was discovered by an 82-year old villager named Chawlien Hmar at Saikot village in Churachandpur district, IBSD sources said.
Hmar made a potion from the herb, samples of which were sent to the Chawlien Cancer Medicine Research (CCMR) at Saikot last week, IBSD sources said,
Reports from district said hundreds of people were visiting the CCMR centre daily for Chawlein Hmar's plant extracts.
With the plant becoming popular, many vendors and shops have come up on the roadside near the CCMR centre with the herb and portions made from it being sold in plastic bottles.
The IBSD team led by Project Coordinator Mohindro Singh Khaidem and including Natural Product Scientist Ch. Brajakishore would acertain the medicinal value of the herb and its reported curative properties.