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Asian herb does wonders for prostate health

By Lee Euler / September 13, 2017

Halt Prostate Cancer and Boost Immune
Function With This Vietnamese Herb

A plant native to Vietnam has been used in a variety of herbal treatments all over Asia for centuries. People there have found it useful to treat things like rheumatism, earaches, fistula, abscesses, and poor circulation.

It’s still used in Vietnam and traditional Chinese medicine for its antiviral and anti-tumor properties…

And now extracts from this little plant are gaining traction the world over for use in treating prostate conditions and cancer.

Read on to get the scoop about this healing plant…

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Crinum latifolium (CL) is a flowering plant in the Amaryllis family. Like the big, showy amaryllis flowers often seen around American homes during the Christmas season, the medicinal cousin grows from a bulb. In the United States, its common name is the pink-striped trumpet lily, although this is confusing because CL is not actually a lily, and other, “true” lilies also have this name.

In Vietnam CL is often called “Medicine for the King’s Palace” and “Royal Female Herb” because it was traditionally reserved for royalty and ruling classes.

Nowadays it’s available to everyone, which is good because it contains powerful anti-cancer nutrients.

Prostate cancer and enlarged prostate

Crinum latifolium extract has shown great promise in healing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer.

A seven-year study performed at International Hospital in Vietnam showed that treatment with a CL extract reduced prostate size and improved symptoms of the condition in 92.6% of participants – in other words, nearly everyone who tried it.1

In another Vietnamese study, 158 men with BPH were given a Crinum latifolium-based herbal preparation twice daily for 64 days.

At the end of the study, 97% of the participants’ prostates returned to normal size. The long-term positive effects of the treatment were proven with a three-year follow-up study.2

The Institute of Traditional Medicine of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and the Institute of Aging Disorders of Hanoi joined forces to test Crinum latifolium on 627 patients suffering from BPH. The scientists discovered the herb reduced the urinary symptoms of BPH between 33% and 93%.

Prostate size was reduced by 90% in most cases, with “a significant number” of men achieving normalization of prostate size after three months of treatment. All this without any significant side effects.3

A study published in 2011 in the journal Scientia Pharmaceutica performed in vitro (lab-grown culture) tests of the antioxidant and anti-tumor effects of a CL extract. They found the extract inhibited:

  • Cell proliferation of highly metastatic human prostate cancer cells,
  • Androgen sensitive prostate cancer cells (those that require testosterone to grow), and
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) cells

They also discovered the CL extract increased neopterin. Neopterin is a chemical compound that both acts as a marker of immune function and indicates the extent of oxidative stress.4 When the Crinum latifolium extract boosts neopterin, it both soothes inflammation and increases immune function.

These results prompted the researchers to conclude “that both effects, inhibition of tumor cell growth and recovery of immune functions, are important for the anti-tumor properties of Crinum latifolium.”5

Lymphoma cells

In a 2013 in vitro study, researchers tested three CL leaf extracts, an alkaloid and a pure compound derived from Crinum latifolium, and found that the extracts and alkaloids, but not the pure compound, could inhibit the proliferation of lymphoma cells in multiple pathways.6 In all cases, the samples studied were nontoxic to normal living cells.

The study also found that CL extracts stimulate macrophages, a type of white blood cell that eats up cancer cells, cellular debris, bacteria and the like. This means the Vietnamese herb could have a promising future in treating many kinds of cancer beyond prostate cancer.

It may aid in cancer immunotherapy

CL extracts, as mentioned above, can stimulate immune function, which makes them a potential tool in a cancer patient’s immunotherapy. In cancer immunotherapy, doctors “manipulate” the body’s immune system to fight and destroy cancer cells, rather than trying to bring in outside forces.

A study published in International Immunopharmacology tested the effects of CL extracts on human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). PBMCs include lymphocytes like T cells, B cells and NK (natural killer) cells. All these cells are subtypes of white blood cells and critical to immune function.

The researchers cultured PBMCs and applied CL extracts, black tea extracts and green tea extracts. The CL extracts stimulated the PBMC cells and also enhanced neopterin.

What’s interesting is that the CL was more effective than green tea or black tea extracts.7 As you probably know, the tea extracts are renowned for their antioxidant and health-boosting properties as proven by multiple studies. If CL is better, that would be impressive.

Between CL extract’s ability to directly stop cancer cells and stimulate the immune system to drive out cancer cells, it seems to be a powerful tool in stopping cancer.

Where to find Crinum latifolium

Crinum latifolium extract is found in quality supplements. You may be able to find products named after the plant, but more often it’s just one ingredient in healthy prostate and/or ovary formulas.

Because there are no adverse side effects it can be taken in larger doses. From what I’ve seen, you can take up to six grams daily. Long term use may be required to see results, so you’ll want to take it for three to six months or more if you’re battling enlarged prostate. Taking it sporadically for a short time is not likely to be helpful.

Of course, check with your doctor or naturopath before adding any supplement to your diet.

Best regards,

Lee Euler,
Publisher

References:
1 Crinum latifolium, a promising and highly effective treatment for BPH, health and life. Journal of Health Ministry of Vietnam. N 207, December 20, 2002.
2 Doan Thu Nhu. Crinum latifolium in treatment of benign hypertrophy of prostate (BHP). Vietnamese Central State News Agency, September 22, 2005.
3 The Encyclopedia of Medical Breakthroughs and Forbidden Treatments. Published by Medical Research Associates, Seattle, WA.
4 Neopterin as a marker for immune system activation.
5 Crinum Latifolium leave extracts suppress immune activation cascades in peripheral blood mononuclear cells and proliferation of prostate tumor cells.
6 Extracts of Crinum latifolium inhibit the cell viability of mouse lymphoma cell line EL4 and induce activation of anti-tumour activity of macrophages in vitro.
7 Aqueous extracts of Crinum latifolium (L.) and Camellia sinensis show immunomodulatory properties in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells.
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