9 Chinese Herbs that May Beat Cancer
March 22nd, 2015 by Holly Cornish
What if the cancer treatments doctors prescribed more than 2,000 years ago work better than today’s drugs – with few or no side effects?
What if your doctor saw the patient’s cancer as the “uppermost branch” rather than the “root” of the problem?
And best of all: What if this ancient treatment could improve your odds of survival by 70 percent? Keep reading. . .
A Few Sips a Day,
Keeps Cancer Away…
The Simple Secret That’s Saving Thousands of People Around The World from Deadly Cancers…
The National Cancer Institute confirmed its effectiveness. When the results came in, the NCI researchers were amazed…
In their experiments, cells from six of the deadliest cancers were knocked out – lung cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, ovarian cancer, kidney cancer and melanoma. In every test almost all of the cancer cells were dead. Wiped out within just 48 hours of being exposed one little-known cancer treatment…
Imagine the millions of lives it could save,
Then brace yourself for a shocking surprise…
Chinese doctors may use about 133 different herbs to treat lung cancer. These herbs decrease cancer symptoms in 85 out of a hundred patients.
What’s the biggest symptom they help erase? Pain!
In addition, the right selection of Chinese herbs can reduce tumor size by 38 percent, improve quality of life, and prevent relapse.
Here are nine of the herbs Chinese doctors most commonly use to heal lung cancer. Many are beneficial against other cancers too.
One of the most widely used herbs in traditional Chinese medicine, astragalus root boosts your immune system and helps prevent infection.
In the cancer world, it stops tumor growth, thwarts tumor spreading, and reduces the immune-suppressing side effects of chemotherapy. Astragalus increases your T-cell levels – and they in turn kill cancer cells.
Astragalus improves quality of life for people with non-small cell lung cancer. It enhances the effects of platinum-based chemotherapy treatments, such as cisplatin, by counteracting the damage to the immune system caused by chemo, according to research by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. For the best results, the patients in the study took astragalus while receiving chemotherapy.
In addition to killing cancer cells and reducing the toxic effects of chemotherapy, astragalus protects your kidneys and lungs from autoantibody attacks.
It also heals burns, protects from heart disease, fights the common cold, increases stamina, and lowers blood pressure. As an adaptogen, it increases your general resistance to stress and disease.
2. Nan Sha Shen
This root (also known as American silvertop root) acts as an antibiotic. Doctors often prescribe it to help heal a dry cough that involves only a little phlegm.
Nan sha shen’s healing powers also help cancer patients.
The herb reduces cancer-promoting compounds. When injected, it reduces inflammation and vascular permeability, making it harder for cancer-promoting compounds to grow and expand.
3. Gan Cao
Gan cao (licorice root) acts as an expectorant, accelerating mucus secretion. It helps relieve coughs and shortness of breath. This is of particular benefit to lung cancer patients.
Several components in gan cao – Licochalcone-A, glabridin, and licocoumarone – stop cancer growth and kill breast cancer cells, prostate cancer cells, and leukemia cells.
Overall, the herb helps cleanse and refresh your body to keep you younger and healthier.
Traditional Chinese medicine doctors often prescribe gan cao in combination with other herbs. Gan cao aids their absorption and increases their effectiveness.
Poria is a medicinal mushroom that helps heal many ailments. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory useful for edema – fluid buildup under the skin.
The herb (also known as fu ling) balances electrolytes, energizes your spleen, reduces phlegm, and helps insomnia patients sleep better. It is an antibacterial that can also lower your blood sugar.
Plus, it helps fight cancer by:
- Down regulating nuclear factor-kappa B activity
- Preventing new blood vessels from growing
- Killing cancer cells outright
5. Oldenlandia diffusa
Oldenlandia diffusa helps you eliminate toxins.
Known as snake-needle grass in the U.S., this herb stops cancer cells from growing and increases the natural death rate of cancer cells. It stimulates your immune system to kill or overwhelm tumor cells – without killing normal cells.
One study found that Oldenlandia diffusa prevents inflammation by reducing the body’s production of three commonly over-expressed cancer compounds – tumor necrosis factor alpha, interleukin-6, and prostaglandin-2.
Oldenlandia diffusa is also said to treat hepatitis, snakebites, arthritis, and liver and stomach cancers.
6. Asparagus root
Like Oldenlandia diffusa, asparagus root acts as an anti-inflammatory and prevents the production of tumor necrosis factor alpha.
Even though scientists have conducted only animal studies on asparagus root, they believe the evidence and data collected show that this plant remedy effectively fights lung cancer and leukemia.
The herb is also useful for constipation, coughs, and hepatitis.
7. Huang Qin
Also known as Baikal skullcap or Chinese skullcap, this Chinese herb prevents secondary tumors from forming in lung cancer patients.
Huang qin (scientific name Scutellaria baicalensis) kills human lung cancer cells without damaging healthy cells. A component named wogonin triggers cancer cell death while leaving healthy cells undamaged.
Huang qin prevents tumor cell reproduction, especially for A549 cells. In this way, it stops tumor growth and can dissolve tumors completely. The herb also decreases inflammation.
Besides helping lung cancer patients, huang qin also treats digestive system cancers, liver cancer, breast cancer, and chorioepithelioma (a malignant fast-growing tumor that forms from trophoblastic cells, the cells that help an embryo attach to the uterus and help form the placenta).
8. Sea Cucumber
Sea cucumber extract kills cancer cells and prevents tumor growth.
A compound found in sea cucumber fights against multiple types of cancer, including lung, pancreatic, prostate, colon, breast, skin, and liver cancers, leukemia, and glioblastoma.
Sea cucumber prevents angiogenesis – the process in which tumors grow new blood vessels that enable them to access food for growth.
More than just preventing growth, sea cucumber kills cancer cells outright. According to studies, the compound Frondoside A kills 85 to 88 percent of three different types of lung cancer cells. It also kills 95 percent of breast cancer cells, 90 percent of melanoma cells, and 95 percent of liver cancer cells.
In addition to killing these harmful cells directly, Frondoside A activates your immune system so your body can fight back against the cancer naturally.
9. Green Tea
Green tea extract is a potent antioxidant. It starves tumors by preventing new blood vessels from growing. This starving action targets cancer cells without hurting healthy cells.
Green tea contains a polyphenol named EGCG that prevents tumor growth. Studies demonstrate its benefits for breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers.
Other polyphenols found in green tea lower cholesterol, fight free radicals in your body, protect your brain from dementia, lower your risk of diabetes and heart attacks, and slim you down.
One of green tea’s lesser known benefits is its ability to kill bacteria and inhibit viruses, thereby lowering your risk of infections.
In a study of more than 40,000 Japanese adults, those who drank five or more cups per day reduced death from all causes by 23% in women and 12% in men. For risk of death from stroke, the results are even better – 42% reduction in women and 35% lower in men.
Chinese herbs part of a larger system
Herbal medicine is one of the most common alternative therapies used by cancer patients. Doctors who use Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) do not use these herbs in isolation, though.
Instead, TCM doctors most often use these herbs in combination with each other. Although there are more than 3,000 different medicinal herbs in TCM, 300 to 500 are commonly used. Nearly all Chinese herbal formulas I’ve seen contain a long list of ingredients, many of them unknown to me. The formulas tend to be complicated.
They try to address three main functions in TCM:
- Treat acute diseases and conditions
- Heal chronic conditions
- Maintain daily health and wellness through balance in the body
As part of a program of total healing, TCM herbs are also combined with acupuncture, massage therapy, and breathing and movement exercises (such as qi gong or tai chi). By using these treatments, doctors aim to restore your qi (pronounced “chee”). Your qi is your body’s flow of energy.
In the Chinese way of looking at things, good health requires good qi.
I don’t recommend self-medicating with Chinese herbs because there are so many choices and combinations, and so many questions about where the herbs come from and how they were grown. If you want to try this type of medicine, it’s best to seek out a trusted practitioner.