20th September 2010, www.dailynews.lk, Bandula Godakumbura
A medicinal plant ‘Thanahalu’ has been discovered in Dambana by a group of researchers conducting research on the use of medicinal plants by the indigenous population in Dambana.
It has been used to treat breast cancer by the indigenous population, said Indigenous Medicine Ministry Research Officer Athula Kanagaratne.
He revealed these facts at the function held to purchase the first lot of medicinal crops grown by the Dambana indigenous people under the program to grow medicinal crops conducted by Indigenous Medicine Ministry Bandaranaike Research Centre with the aim of enhancing Dambana people’s economy.
The Research Officer further said breast cancer can be cured by applying nuts grown in this plant with lime juice. Indigenous Medicine Minister Piyasena Gamage said this plant will be introduced to medical process after the research conducted at present.
Deputy Minister Pandu Bandaranaike, Uruwarige Wannila Attho and several others participated in the occasion.