This herbal tea helps you sleep,
fights cancer too
October 26th, 2016 by Holly Cornish
This ancient herb tells cancer cells to commit suicide – in a significant way. Especially if you partake of it regularly over a period of years.
In one study, people who enjoyed it for 30 years had an astounding 80 percent lower risk of thyroid problems, including thyroid cancer.1
Rumor has it that Hippocrates himself used this ancient remedy to treat stress and anxiety. And now science is confirming its anti-cancer benefits, too.
Breast Cancer Survivor was told:
Doctors didn’t give Wiltrude much hope when they diagnosed her with cancer in the year 2000. Wiltrude, a German psychologist, never thought cancer would happen to her. But it did. And it came as a big shock.
One doctor told her, “You’ll be dead in a year.” Late stage breast cancer is virtually incurable using conventional treatments. Even M.D.s admit it. They talk about “buying you more time.” (Don’t count on it. The evidence shows you’re better off doing nothing than chemo.)
When Wiltrude told her doctor she was going to try alternative treatments, he said, “You are committing suicide with what you’re doing.” But she was determined to find a way to beat her cancer.
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, this European woman came across a book by my good friend Bill Henderson, one of the smartest and wisest people I know when it comes to cancer treatment.
She tried Bill’s top, number one recommendation — a gentle treatment you can do at home for just $5.15 a day. What’s more, the cost goes down to $3.50 after six weeks because you just need a maintenance dose. And it even tastes good.
Not only has Wiltrude passed the five-year cancer survival mark, she’s survived for 12 years. We just interviewed her recently for this publication. The radiologist who tests her every year told her, “You’re the only one with this kind of result.”
You can find out more about Bill’s proven cancer treatment plan if you click here.
When I ask him about some of the treatments that top alternative doctors use, Bill sort of shrugs and says, “They’re fine, but why bother? My treatment works, you can do it yourself, and it costs practically nothing.”
He’s coached thousands of cancer patients with all different types and stages of cancer. Most of the people who follow the detailed, specific plan in this Special Report get over their cancer and live for years.
“Almost any kind of cancer is reversible,” says Bill. “I never give up on anyone.”
Green and black teas are well known for their anti-cancer effects, especially green tea. But herbal chamomile tea may stand head and shoulders above them.
One of the big problems with cancer cells is that they outlive healthy cells. That’s one way they gain the upper hand, spread, and proliferate.
Chamomile’s most important known ingredient is apigenin, which researchers say tells cancer cells to commit suicide – the natural cell death or apoptosis I often mention on this page. The purported basis of many modern drugs is that they make cancer cells die this way, like normal cells.
But why not create the same systemic effect with chamomile, instead of poisoning yourself and enduring drug side effects? Apigenin blocks a certain type of cell splicing that allows cancer cells to reproduce themselves.
Apigenin is found not only in chamomile – but also celery, parsley, and some other fruits, vegetables and herbs. As I see it, the advantage of chamomile is that it’s something you can reasonably drink every day, and it even relaxes you and helps you sleep.
The studies on chamomile are pretty remarkable:
An Ohio State University study showed that apigenin was able to shorten the lives of cancer cells, thereby denying them the opportunity to grow and spread. And it was effective against many types of cancer. (More on that in a moment.)
A study in the Journal of European Health found that chamomile tea helps slow the spread of thyroid cancer. The more years you drink it, the greater the benefits for your thyroid.
Thyroid cancer rates are substantially lower in Greece than in the US or Europe – just 1.6 per every 100,000 people compared to 13.2 and 5.2 per 100,000 in the US and Europe, respectively.2
Greeks are famous for eating a Mediterranean diet of fresh vegetables and healthy fats. But they also enjoy herbal teas. The study found that the more chamomile tea they consumed, the lower their risk of thyroid cancer.
Those who drank chamomile tea two to six times per week were at 70 percent lower risk of thyroid abnormalities. And the benefits were even better for a 30-year habit, as noted above.3
And the news gets even better. . .
Induces apoptosis in numerous cancers
Apigenin has been shown to induce apoptosis in many other types of cancer – including skin, gastric, liver, colon, cervical and prostate. It also inhibits invasion and migration of ovarian cancer cells.
Mice implanted with cells of a deadly fast-growing human breast cancer were treated with apigenin. Cancer growth slowed, tumors became smaller, and the blood vessels feeding the tumors also shrank and reduced blood flow to the tumor cells, starving them of the nutrients they needed to do their deadly work.4
Scientists also know that apigenin inhibits growth in HER2+ breast cancer cells. But its growth inhibitory effects are less powerful for breast cancer cells expressing normal levels of HER2/neu.
In 2013 apigenin was shown to block cancer cells’ ability to short circuit apoptosis and prevent their own deaths.5 Specifically it causes changes in the cancer cell’s gene regulation.
Interestingly, apigenin was also found to bind to 160 proteins in the human body, suggesting it may have far-reaching health effects and is not just a one-trick pony targeting a few kinds of cancer cell.6
Beyond apigenin, a second cancer fighter
Most medicinal plants boast several healing ingredients, not just one. Chamomile is no exception. The luteolin in chamomile has also been identified as a cancer fighter.7 This compound has been shown to:
- Induce apoptosis in oral cancer cells
- Promote cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in colon cancer cells
- Inhibit insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor signaling in prostate cancer cells.
In addition, a major Italian study of 2,569 female breast cancer patients found that the higher their intake of flavones (apigenin, luteolin, etc.) and flavonols, the lower their breast cancer risk.8
Five ways chamomile fights cancer
Chamomile fights cancer in at least five ways:
- A major key to fighting cancer is reducing chronic inflammation, which damages your body at large and your DNA specifically… thereby rolling out the red carpet for cancer. Chamomile helps tamp down inflammation.
- As you’re probably well aware, stress is a major factor in cancer. Chamomile is one of the most soothing of all herbs – a natural relaxant, and superb for fighting stress.
- Insomnia is another known factor in development of cancer and other disease.Chamomile is widely regarded as a mild tranquilizer and sleep-inducer. One study found that insomniacs who used chamomile improved daytime functioning.And a study published in Molecular Medicine Reports reported that ten cardiac patients immediately fell into a deep 90-minute sleep after drinking chamomile tea.9
- Ever suffer from insomnia triggered by leg cramps or menstrual cramps? Chamomile tea boosts levels of the amino acid glycine. Glycine has many roles in your body, one of which is to calm your muscles and nerves, so that nighttime cramps are less likely to trigger insomnia.
- If you believe (as some evidence shows) that cancer can be caused by an infection, you’ll be happy to discover that chamomile also fights bacteria, fungi, and viruses. I don’t think of chamomile tea as a major anti-microbial, but it can’t do any harm.
An ancient herb with a bright future
Chamomile is wildly popular. The United States imports about one million pounds every year. I suspect this is mainly because it reduces stress and helps people sleep. But as I’ve tried to show, it can have many other far-reaching healing benefits.
The American Botanical Council notes they have studies to support its use for diarrhea, colic relief in infants, wound healing, ADHD, digestive issues, and glucose control for diabetics.
They also cite that it’s helpful for cardiovascular conditions and digestive upset, stimulates your immune system, and of course, provides some protection against cancer.
Chamomile has been used since antiquity and will likely be used far into the future.
Enjoy a cup of chamomile tea before bed or after a stressful day. It’s a far healthier de-stressor than alcohol, and doesn’t disrupt sleep like alcohol does.
Less well known – but interesting – is that you can soak in it as a bath additive, gargle with it, or use as a wash for inflamed mucous membranes. Rub a couple drops of chamomile essential oil in your palms, put over your nose, and breathe deeply.
Chamomile has an excellent safety record – but there are a few instances where it may not be a good idea.
If you’re allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, asters, yarrow flower, arnica, or marigold, you might also be allergic to chamomile.
And if you’re taking any blood-thinning medication please consult your physician before using chamomile. Though the evidence is not conclusive, potential interactions have been reported.