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Amaranthus for Cancer Treatment


Bio-technological aspects of cultivation of Amaranthus paniculate in Kyrgyzstan purposely in treatment of malignant tumors

Tech Area / Field

  • MED-DRG/Drug Discovery/Medicine
  • AGR-VTH/Vaccines and Theraupetics/Agriculture

3 Approved without Funding

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Leading Institute
Kyrgyz Research Institute of Livestock, Veterinary and Pastures, Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek

Supporting institutes

  • National Center of Oncology, Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek


  • Pennsylvania State University / Cancer Institute, USA, PA, Hershey\nCharite Campus Benjamin Franklin / Institut für Medizinische Phyzik und Lasermedizin, Germany, Berlin

Project summary

Malignant tumors are the most serious health problems for the majority of the countries of the world nowadays. They course major moral, economic and social loss to the whole society.

Malignant tumors take the third place amongst all the causes of death in Kyrgyzstan and it is 8-8,9%. Cancer morbidity rate is rising. According to the official statistics about 3000 people die in Kyrgyzstan of malignant tumor annually. In 1997 it comprised 66,6 cases per 100000 population. In the Unite States, Europe, Russia countries the morbidity rate also increases annually. The world scientific society and health care has been seeking ways for prevention, cure and treatment these diseases for years, but has not been successful. The mortality rate is still high.

Those methods used in modern medicine in treatment of cancer (therapeutic, surgical, chemotherapy, radiotherapy) have positive results when the treatment starts at early stages, which are usually asymptomatic and symptoms appear at the 3-4 stages when there are metastases which difficult or impossible to treat and the death is obvious.

Therefore we want to propose a new method of treatment of malignant tumors with remedies produced from local plants. This is amarathus oil, a biologically active, ecologically pure, effective substance in treatment of various diseases including oncological.

Amaranthus is an annual plant, originally from the South America has been cultivated for about 6000 years. Amaranthus paniculate is a unique plant widely used as fodder and industrial crops, food and for curative purpose. In the CIS the plant is being cultivated as fodder crops. In Kyrgyzstan the plant is not being cultivated.

Amaranthus has a unique curative effect based on availability of squalen (an analogous substance extracted from the shark liver, used in Japan for cancer treatment) and phytosterols. Squalen suppresses the growth of cancer cells and is a very strong anticancer remedy which mitigates a destroying effect of free radicals on human cells. More over squalen easily penetrates through the skin into a human body and stimulates tremendously an immune system.

The wide use of the plant for health improvement is due to its unique composition. All parts of the plants have huge amount of biologically active substances, essential and nonessential amino-acids, microelements, minerals, vitamins and etc. The products based on this plant are very much appreciated in the United States and Europe. Therefore the main purpose of this study is to cultivate Amaranthus paniculate in Kyrgyzstan, carry out experiments, clinical trials and in future use it for malignant tumors treatment.

To reach this purpose the following tasks should be fulfilled:

  1. Modernize the cultivating technique in order to get maximum crop and seeds producing capacity in local Kyrgyz circumstances.
  2. Assess Amaranthus oil production technology.
  3. Assess a curative efficacy of Amaranthus oil on various malignant tumors through clinical trials.
  4. Apply knowledge and experience gained into practice in agriculture and medical field.

Such research work was started in 1992, but it was never followed after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The research and recommendations are planned to be done in 2 main directions:

  1. Fields tests of cultivation of Amaranthus and its oil production in the Institute of pastures and forage.
  2. Clinical trials to assess a curative efficacy of Amaranthus oil on cancer development in the Institute of Oncology in Kyrgyzstan.
  3. Military scientists will be involved in the project implementation process.

Expected results:

By the end of the project the following will be achieved:

  1. An improved modernized technology of cultivation of Amaranthus adapted to the local conditions.
  2. Defined modern advanced technique for Amaranthus oil production.
  3. Defined treatment efficacy of Amaranthus oil on cancer growth as a result of the clinical trials.
  4. Practical applications of recommendations on cultivation of Amaranthus and its oil production in agriculture and oil use in oncology.
  5. Military scientists will be reoriented to non-military researches.


The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) is an intergovernmental organization connecting scientists from Kazakhstan, Armenia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Georgia with their peers and research organizations in the EU, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway and the United States.


ISTC facilitates international science projects and assists the global scientific and business community to source and engage with CIS and Georgian institutes that develop or possess an excellence of scientific know-how.

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