Is it possible to “root out”
cancer with ginseng?
April 8th, 2012 by Holly Cornish
Both energy drink producers and consumers tip up their cup with ginseng. Thousands of folks sing its praises as an energy booster… stamina increaser… and stress reliever.
Some recent studies suggest that ginseng not only helps build stamina and promote mental clarity—scientific studies have also shown it may provide some serious anti-cancer protection, too! Let’s take a look. . .
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Ginseng has been a superstar of Chinese medical treatments for thousands of years. Asian healers used ginseng root to treat digestive and respiratory ailments. They also found it useful for addressing nervous disorders, diabetes and fatigue.
Native Americans were also known to use this versatile herb to cure constipation, dry coughs and fevers. Seeing that it’s highly prized in traditional and folk medicine, Western scientists have been taking a closer look at ginseng for its potential medicinal benefits, including possible anticancer properties.
Scientists say ginseng battles cancer
in four important ways…
A team of researchers from the UK, Hong Kong and China published a review of ginseng studies in the Chinese Medicine journal1.
In it they reveal that compounds called ginsenosides are the plant’s secret weapon for fighting cancer.
The studies seem to indicate these compounds might act in a similar way to steroid hormones. The scientists identified four ways ginsenosides may shut down cancer cells:
- Arrest uncontrolled growth—ginsenosides have been shown to halt growth of tumor cells in the liver, lungs and prostate, as well as leukuemia cells.
- Cause cell death—the study authors said several substances found in ginsenosides cause apoptosis (normal self-destruction) of lung, ovarian and prostate cancer cells. Natural cell death also occurred with cancer cells in nerve tissue (neuroblastoma).
- Halt invasive spreading—cancer cells can break away from a tumor, move into blood vessels and circulate through the bloodstream. From there, these wandering cells can invade and grow in normal body tissues. But scientists observed that ginsenosides stopped the invasiveness of some endometrial cancer cells.
- Stunt growth of new blood vessels—the growth of new blood vessels from existing ones is called angiogenesis. This proliferation of blood vessels is the essential way cancer feeds itself. The report from the journal Chinese Medicine said a number of studies have shown that ginsenosides inhibited angiogenesis in different animal models. Without excess blood vessels to nourish cancer cells, they are less likely to grow unchecked.
These scientists concluded that each of these four mechanisms may play a role in the way ginseng destroys cancer cells in your body.
Mainstream medicine says the jury’s still out…
but ginseng studies show real promise!
The American Cancer Society (ACS) opinion is that “available scientific evidence does not support claims that ginseng is effective in preventing or treating cancer in humans.”2 But the group acknowledged that laboratory studies do seem to suggest that some ginseng compounds may have anticancer properties.
One such research study was funded by the Linus Pauling Institute to investigate whether ginsenosides’ resemblance to steroids would make them more effective against hormonally regulated cancers, such as breast cancer.
Researchers tested crude and purified ginsenoside extracts from American ginseng plants on breast cancer cells from a patient with metastatic breast cancer.
Investigators David E. Williams, Ph.D., professor of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, and Sharon K. Krueger, Ph.D., a research associate with the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, evaluated the anticancer effect of different ginseng compounds by adding them to the media used to grow the breast cancer cells. (You can think of “media” as the soil researchers use to grow an organism like cancer cells in a laboratory dish.)
The team reported that the “PQe” ginsenoside fraction “not only inhibited proliferation of the cancer cells at all doses but actually caused significant tumor cell death when administered at high doses.”3
The researchers plan to conduct further tests to discover why that particular ginsenoside fraction was more successful than others at wiping out breast cancer cells.
This study is not an isolated case of successful cancer treatment with ginseng compounds. The ACS even gives a slight nod to several Korean case-control studies whose results suggest that people who took ginseng extract seemed to have a lower overall cancer risk.
And they even mention a recent Chinese study suggesting that women with breast cancer who used ginseng before their diagnosis survived longer—and reported a better quality of life—than those who did not.
This is a good place to mention that all ginseng is not alike. Botanists have identified 12 species of ginseng, but most of the research has focused on three:
- Panax ginseng (Korean ginseng) — cultivated in China, Korea, Japan, Russia, and the U.S.
- Panax quinquefolium (American ginseng) — grown in southern Canada and the U.S.
- Panax notoginseng — cultivated in Yunnan and Guangxi provinces in China
The first two types are the ones most commonly available to U.S. consumers as herbal extracts or as dry ground root.
Ginseng is generally considered safe to use—although for some folks, higher doses may cause headaches, increased heart rate, nausea and restlessness. I would be on the lookout for insomnia or other sleep disturbances, or just a general feeling of being hyper.
The ACS recommends more clinical trials to determine the effectiveness of ginseng on human cancers. Other groups recognize this need and are even willing to fork over the cash to get it done!
For example, in 2008 the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine awarded $6 million over five years to the University of Chicago Medical Center to study the anti-cancer properties of American ginseng.
In the meantime, ginseng supplements are readily available through many nutritional supplements companies.
So whether or not you choose to explore ginseng as a potential cancer killer—you might just consider taking it to give your brain and body an extra kick!
Based on the evidence I’ve seen, I can’t say ginseng is a first-line cancer treatement, but it’s worth doing along with other harmless natural treatments. The beauty of treatments like these is you can combine quite a number of them at the same time.
And one of the ones you should probably include is a special kind of aloe. If you missed this important news in the last issue, just scroll down and read it now.
The Plant that Cures Practically Everything
Rich or poor, urban or rural… I’ve got a recipe that’s said to work for almost anything, and for anyone. It’s simple, cheap and natural.
And the plant it’s made from thrives on neglect. All it needs is decent soil, a little water and sun… and it gives you one of Nature’s most versatile and impressive healers.
It’s been revered for 5,000 years, but beware…
The multibillion dollar cancer industry might prefer that you never hear about it. Let’s take a lot at this natural wonder. . .
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Revered through the Ages
Smart people through the millennia have prized aloe plants.
- Hippocrates, father of modern medicine, used at least 14 different formulas containing aloe, 2400 years ago.1
- It was King Solomon’s favorite laxative.2
- Alexander the Great was exhorted by his teacher Aristotle to conquer the island of Succotra where a rare plant called Aloe succotrina grew, so he could have aloe for his soldiers. At least that’s the story that’s been handed down. This early Mediterranean variety of aloe was known to be so potent that Alexander never left on a military mission without hauling a whole forest of the plants with him.3
But we don’t have to rely on ancient legends. There’s plenty of contemporary evidence for aloe:
- Bill C. Coats, expert on aloe vera and author of The Silent Healer: A Modern Study of Aloe Vera, tells the story of the old rancher whose prize bull was bitten by a huge rattlesnake. The bull’s leg was swollen to three times its normal size, and the poison was taking a serious toll. It looked like the animal was going to die.
The rancher sliced two oversized leaves of aloe, wrapped them as a poultice around the bull’s leg. A short time later the bull could walk again. Within 24 hours he was completely healed.4
- Father Romano Zago, a Brazilian priest and author of the book Cancer Can Be Cured!, tells this story (plus at least 40 more) in his book:5
The uncle of one of his parishioners, Giovanni, was deathly ill with prostate cancer.
Father Zago visited the man to administer last rites. But he also knew of a remedy he believed could save Giovanni’s life. Try as he might to convince Giovanni’s wife to give it to him, though, she refused, thinking he was offering false hope.
Later Father Zago happened on the man’s son, and convinced him to prepare this drink for Giovanni. The boy promised to give it to his father. A week later, Father Zago learned that Giovanni was released from the hospital. The family thought the reason was to let him die at home.
But then they told Father Zago that the tennis ball sized swelling near Giovanni’s stomach had shrunk, disappeared even. At which time Father Zago declared Giovanni out of imminent danger, saying this was a sign he was improved.
Long story short, Giovanni improved month after month, resumed his life’s work, and lived to be more than 80 years old.
- Dr. Julian Whitaker reported that a 10-year-old boy diagnosed with a rare brain tumor went into remission after drinking whole-leaf Aloe vera concentrate, 8 ounces a day for three months. Surgeons had been unable to remove the entire tumor, leaving his future uncertain, to say the least.
The child was living a normal lifestyle and participating in sports — but still drinking Aloe vera juice every day — at the time of the Whitaker report.6
Is Aloe the Cure for Everything?
Fresh aloe gel used as a topical may be the best skin cream on earth. The yellow bitter part of the leaf is a proven laxative. And whole-leaf extracts can help fire up your immune system, reduce swelling, improve healing, kill bacteria and viruses, and improve communication within and between cells.
But nothing works 100 percent of the time.
Body chemistries vary. And frankly, some people’s biochemistry may be so out of balance that nothing can heal it. However, Bill Coats says that if anything has a chance of working on such folks, it’s probably aloe.
What’s So Miraculous about Aloe?
Aloe is one of the world’s most biologically active plants. It contains life’s basic building blocks — essential vitamins and minerals, proteins, polysaccharides, enzymes, and amino acids.
Most of aloe’s leaves are filled with gel, about 99 percent of which is water. The remaining one percent boasts at least 75 known nutrients — including 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, 200 active plant compounds such as phytonutrients, enzymes, proteins, oils, monosaccharides and polysaccharides.
Most people are only familiar with the skin healing aloe offers. But this remedy can do so much more. It has recognized antioxidant, anti-aging, and healing properties.
Some consider it the world’s most impressive herb. Here are the benefits that have been credited to aloe:
- Stops the growth of tumor cells
- Lowers cholesterol / triglycerides
- Oxygenates your blood
- Eases inflammation
- Relieves joint and muscle pain
- Protects you from oxidative stress
- Supports your kidney
- Protects you from oxalates in coffee and tea
- Alkalizes your body, balancing your acid levels
- Cures ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease, and other digestive disorders
- Controls high blood pressure
- Accelerates healing of physical and radiation burns
- Ends constipation
- Supports heart function, boosts physical endurance
- Speeds wound and injury recovery
- Hydrates your skin, speeds skin repair
- Prevents candida infections
- Stabilizes blood sugar / insulin levels
- Controls cell communications
What Aloe Can Do for Cancer
The aloe arborescens protocol for cancer has been around for years, and is proven effective even on advanced cancer patients.
This protocol began in Brazil with Father Romano Zago, the Catholic priest who developed the official protocol and wrote the book Cancer Can Be Cured! Also used in Europe and America, it’s designed to supercharge your immune system. It safely kills cancer cells and floods your body with super-nutrients.
The protocol consists of aloe with honey and a distillate (recipe follows)… which can be combined with other alternative cancer treatments.
Some alternative cancer experts rate aloe a “Stage IV Supplemental” treatment, to be used with highly potent “Stage IV” protocols, like radiation and chemo (should you choose to use them). Some clinics use aloe to boost the effectiveness of the chemo agents cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan, Neosar) and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU).8
Aloe is an immune stimulant that helps kill cancer and invading organisms.9
Dozens of studies confirm aloe’s anti-cancer activity — linked to acemannan’s immune-stimulating properties and glycoprotein, as well as anthraquinone and phenolic antioxidants. Acemannan is a substance found in aloe vera leaves. Aloe also boosts nitric oxide, a potent anti-cancer agent used by your immune cells.10
To cite but a couple of many studies…
A large epidemiologic survey of lung cancer and smoking in Japan suggested that drinking aloe juice prevented lung cancer, as well as stomach and colon cancer. Its impact on existing cancers was unclear.11
In another study two glycoproteins, aloctin A and aloctin B were separated from Aloe arborescens — the variety Father Zago recommends. Aloctin A inhibited growth of an induced fibrosarcoma (a type of cancer) in mice.12
A Word about Cellular Communication
Aloes contain unique sugars called mannans, which enhance cellular communication — both within and between your cells.
These mannans are part of a crucial “telegraph” system capable of preventing or slowing down cancer.13 Mannans are responsible for billions of messages… and the implications of poor messaging are staggering.
Dramatic Story about AIDS and Cancer
An AIDS study provides one of the most dramatic clinical proofs about aloe. Nearly everyone in the study who was on the daily aloe regimen got better, as indicated by skyrocketing white T-cell counts.
One patient from this trial also had advanced liver cancer and was given less than two months to live. His liver was four times normal size. He kept drinking the juice, improved gradually… one year later his tumors were gone.
Pathologist H. Reginald McDaniel, M.D., also involved with this trial, was initially skeptical. Seeing seriously ill patients improve was good. But what really sealed it for him was a disease of his own — viral pneumonia which conventional medicine couldn’t cure. He drank aloe, and his cure made him an aloe advocate.14
Keep Aloe Handy in Case of Trauma Too
In 2004, researchers discovered that an aloe compound called drag reducing polymer (DRP) could help patients with trauma and severe blood loss. DRP enhances the diffusion of oxygen in the red blood cells supporting your tissues — and allows a traumatized patient to live on less blood.15
This could potentially save many lives from car wrecks, war injuries, and other traumas. Perhaps this was Alexander the Great’s experience too.
How to Choose the ‘Right’ Aloe
With 300 species of aloe and a host of products all claiming to be the best, how do you choose?
Aloe vera is certainly the most well-known, but Father Zago cites studies administered by the Palatinin Salzano Venezia Institute in Italy which suggest that Aloe arborescens is 200% richer in medicinal substances than Aloe vera. Researchers found arborescens is 75% richer in anti-cancer properties than vera.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to verify this particular study from other sources, some of which suggest the two species are interchangeable. As so often, more research is needed.
Both species qualify as “complete foods” that have been valued for centuries.
Therefore I’m not sure you can go wrong with either option… although if I had full-blown cancer, I’d probably place my bets on Aloe arborescens on the chance that its cancer fighting properties really are greater, and based on its stature as a “Stage IV Supplemental treatment”.
Two Ways to Get Your Aloe
Don’t worry, I’ll tell you where to order aloe supplements in a moment. But first, I’d like to urge you to grow your own. Aloe plants thrive on neglect — helpful for busy people who forget to water plants. In fact, they don’t require much water. Growing your own is the cheapest, freshest, quickest choice.
Aloe can be a houseplant or garden plant in suitable climates. If planted in your garden, you’ll need to be deep in the southern U.S. — Florida, Texas, Arizona, etc. In the north, let it thrive outdoors during summer and bring it inside before first frost.
Plant in indirect light — it will turn brown in harsh sunlight. Use well-drained sandy potting soil — its native habitat is desert.
Aloes are succulents so don’t overwater. Let the soil dry between watering. If using a pot, be sure it has a drainage hole.
Buy larger mature plants if possible. Father Zago says to use five year old plants for his aloe cancer cure, as potency increases with age. Young plants can still be used for first aid.
When it becomes root-bound, gets top-heavy, and sends out new shoots, it’s time to repot. Remove new shoots whenever they’re 3-4 inches tall and plant in their own pots. Otherwise, they’ll suck life out of the mother plant.
When you harvest a leaf, the plant quickly seals itself. Choose the leaves closest to the ground — they’re the most potent.
Here’s the “secret recipe” for your homegrown aloe
Father Zago’s aloe drink recipe is as follows…
- 3-4 large Aloe leaves
- 1.1 lbs. of honey — no synthetic or refined honey, only raw pure pesticide-free honey
- 2-3 Tablespoons of grappa, whisky, cognac (pure alcohol, wine, beer and liqueurs cannot be used)
There’s no need for scales and precise measurement. This combination of components gives it its efficacy. Scale the sweetness up or down to your liking, but comply roughly with these amounts. Never substitute anything for these three ingredients. Similar recipes in other books cite this same recipe with slight modifications.
The honey is the vehicle carrying the aloe, which cleanses and removes impurities, especially in the blood.
The distillate has two purposes: (1) dilates your blood vessels which speeds up the cleansing action, and (2) aloe releases a viscous, stringy, bitter greenish liquid rich in aloin, which your body is unable to absorb fully if not dissolved in distillate.
Preparation — for cancer strictly follow these rules:
- Aloe plant must be at least 5 years old
- No rain during the previous 5 days
- Pick, prepare, and drink it in the dark (Aloe’s cancer fighters lose their effect in light)
- Prepare immediately after picking
- Clean aloe with a dry cloth, use a sharp knife to remove the spines
- Cut and blend with honey and distillate
- Keep preparation in a dark jar in your fridge
As a cancer cure: 2 Tablespoonfuls 3 times a day for 10 days… Stop for 10 days… Resume for another 10 days. Continue this regimen till all signs of cancer disappear.
As a preventive: Do the 10 day regimen of 2 Tablespoonfuls 3 times a day just once per year.
[Note: Since the honey is the heaviest ingredient and will settle in your jar, shake well before each dose.]
Looking for Convenience?
Buyer’s Guide to Prepared Aloe
Most store-shelf aloe juices don’t go much beyond soothing minor cuts. They’re processed, heated, and diluted. Nor do you have control over previous light exposure.
Also, it’s perfectly legal for aloe juice products to claim “Made with 100% Aloe Vera” on the bottle, when in reality, it may be 99% water and just 1% aloe vera juice. That’s why so many of these products use thickeners to make the product resemble a gel. Watch for carageenan, guar gum, and xanthan gum.
Also beware of artificial sweeteners (sucralose) and high fructose corn syrup, and preservatives (sodium benzoate). Don’t waste your money on these.
On the other hand, the right products can indeed be miraculous healers.
Quality products keep aloe’s amazing nutrients intact by using low heat and careful pesticide-free growing conditions. (Bugs and insects don’t like aloe anyway, so there’s no reason to spray it.)
If you want convenience, you’ll be happy to know I’ve found three unique options for high quality products.
- Father Zago’s “secret” Brazilian formula. The only product allowed to use his name. It uses aloe arborescens, not aloe vera… and only premier quality 5-year-old plants processed by grinding the leaf into a liquid without heating, cold pressing or freeze drying to retain all the active polysaccharides and phytonutrients. Stabilized for longer shelf life without using sodium benzoate. Available at http://www.aloeproductscenter.com/.
- Lily of the Desert offers high quality aloe vera products. They use mature, organically grown plants. An independent study at the University of Mississippi showed that Lily of the Desert products contained the full molecular weight range of polysaccharides, and even had a 46% higher concentration than the next leading brand. Provides you with the highest level of health support and includes their patented delivery system, Aloesorb™.
Lily of the Desert also offers aloe in pill supplement form, with double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical studies to back it. Available at http://www.lilyofthedesert.com/our_products and at health food stores.
- Good Cause Wellness now carries what some consider the best-tasting aloe vera gel. It’s not as good as fresh (nothing is!).But its tiny flakes are dried at low temperatures. All water is removed — making it perfect for air travel, easy for any travel, and inexpensive to ship. The flakes are about 1/50th the weight of gel.
Perfect for mixing with water or blending into a smoothie, tea or sports drink… these flakes expand into a true gel with most of its healing polysaccharides intact.
Stores in a small space, with longer shelf life than liquids. Once reconstituted its price is competitive with bottled liquids. A tiny scoop of flakes makes a lot of gel. It contains no preservatives (sodium benzoate) to cause health concerns. Good Cause Wellness is not as healthful as a raw product, but at least it’s minimally heated. It’s made using low-temp drying (108 F) for a mere two minutes, unlike products that use temperatures up to 176 (F).
GCW donates 10% of its revenues to non-profits and sponsors the Organic Consumers Association. Find them at www.goodcausewellness.com.
Take it upon yourself to learn more about aloe and keep it handy for emergencies. This is a plant that belongs in every household, every ambulance, and every emergency room.
[Important warning: Don’t combine aloe with diuretics (Lasix and Diuril), steroid drugs (Prednisone), or the herb licorice root.]
Lee Euler Publisher