The present work evaluated the cytotoxicity of methanolic and aqueous extracts of rhizome of Acorus calamus Linn. which is a well known medicinal plant used in traditional treatment. Both extracts were found to be cytotoxic as determined by Allium cepa root tip assay and XTT assay in MDA-MB-435S and Hep3B cell lines. Results of the study indicate that the plant possesses antitumor properties and may serve as a potential source for investigation and development of anticancer drugs.
Rajkumar, V; Gunjan, Guha; Ashok Kumar, R; and Lazar, Mathew
"Evaluation of Cytotoxic Potential of Acorus calamus Rhizome,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2009
, Article 2.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2009/iss7/2