Laicha paddy and anti cancer properties

Three paddy varieties of Chhattisgarh have been used for medicinal purpose for many years in the tribal region of Bastar, but now a researcher from the Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV), Raipur says that Gathwan, Maharaji and Laicha  varieties of rice has some anti cancer properties. According to the researcher:

  • These varieties showed properties to prevent multiplication of cancer cells without affecting the normal cells. 
  • A further study is being carried out on these varieties  under the guidance of BARC.   
  • Certain elements in these rice varieties not only prevented the multiplication of cancer cells but also destroyed them to a significant extent. 
  • BARC scientists are trying to extract the anti-cancer ingredients or elements from these varieties and conduct trials on the mouse.  
  • Gathwan also has the property to cure arthritis.
  • Laicha has been used in treating skin-related problems by villagers in some areas. 



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