Promising research into the anticancer effect of scorpion venom
Cancer is a leading cause of death globally, with solid tumors being most common. Currently, a three-pronged treatment approach is applied – surgical excision, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. However, these methods cause serious systemic side effects. Therapeutic techniques derived from natural products are gaining increasing attention around the world. New research into the anticancer effect of scorpion venom for oral cancers is showing favorable results.
More than a bright bug
Rhopalurus junceus, better known as the red or blue scorpion, is native to Cuba, Dominican Republic, and parts of Central America. Their sting is not considered dangerous, but the venom may be a breakthrough in cancer fighting.
Folk medicine has long relied on the anti-inflammatory properties of scorpion venom for treatment of cancer and other medical conditions. A recent scientific study reported in the Journal of Venom Research evaluated the effects of scorpion venom on a variety of human oral cancer cells and normal cells.
Increased concentrations of venom were applied to the cells. Tests revealed:
- Significant impact on epithelia oral cancer cells, those responsible for carcinomas and adenocarcinomas.
- That the necrotic (cell death) effect of the venom was likely due to cancer cell sensitivity, compared to the control group of healthy cells.
- The cell death triggered in treated cancer cells did not occur in normal cells. They appeared to be unaffected by the venom.
Natural cancer treatment
This research concludes that venom from the R. junceus scorpion possesses a selective toxicity against certain oral cancer cells. Research will continue to support these observations. However, the study is an exciting step in treating oral cancer with natural therapies, to spare patients the devastating side-effects of surgery, chemo, and radiation.
As a biological dentist, Dr. Jurina Smida is always concerned with providing natural treatments for patients. She has scorpion venom in stock. Call (707) 781-8550