A scientist, a cancer specialist and an Ayurveda physician in Kerala have filed a patent for an herbal mixture to control the painful side effects of radiation suffered by oral cancer patients. One-fourth of the world’s oral cancer patients are in India.

“It is not a drug. It is like a mouthwash or a healthcare product,” professor M Radhakrishna Pillai, director of the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology said. Gargling gives the patient immediate relief. The mouthwash is expected to be sold across medical counters in six months. However, the researchers refuse to give away the identity of the herbs. Carctol – The Only Supplement, which attempts to improve quality of life in Cancer patients.