Antrodia camphorata with potential anti-cancerous activities: A review
Dr. Rashmi A Joshi
Antrodia camphorata has long been used in traditional medicines of Taiwan for protection of diverse health related conditions as this fungal species possess over more than 78 active compounds which are responsible for its medicinal properties. These compounds are mainly terpenoids, polysaccharides, benzoquinone derivatives, succinic and maleic derivatives. The purpose of this review is to summarize available information about the anticancer activities of the crude extract and the different main bioactive compounds of A. camphorata.
The clinical trials of its crude extract or pure compounds on humans are either limited or not performed, but still based on the research activities A. camphorata can be considered as an alternative synergizer or phytotherapeutic agent in the treatment of cancer and reflects that the present situation promise to prepare some medicines from it so that the mankind can be benefited