I’m Skeptical About This Alternative Treatment… – Cancer Defeated

I’m Skeptical About This Alternative Treatment…

By Lee Euler / May 8, 2011

Is This Really the Hidden Cancer Cure
No One is Telling You About?

What do you get when you combine desperate cancer patients, budding Chinese entrepreneurism, and an oncology profession that’s become Big Pharma’s love-slave?

Well, either you get an incredible new cancer cure — or you get something that might or might not work… and may or may not have damaging side effects.

In response to some questions about Tian Xian (pronounced dee-an-see-an), I’ve tried to sort out the facts and present them to you as fairly as possible. And frankly, that’s been a challenge. Here’s why…

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Is it genuine or a knock-off?

Most of the websites selling Tian Xian (cancer-central.com, tian-xian.com, tianxian.com, etc.) contain stern warnings about counterfeit versions of Tian Xian… making if difficult if not impossible to discern if you’re getting the “real honest-to-goodness” Tian Xian or not.

To make a bad situation worse, another website sells what appears to be the same product in the US under the name Tien Hsien liquid (tienhsien.com).

All that’s in addition to distributors in 15 or so other countries.

To keep things simple, in this article I’ll call it Tian Xian, and reference the info found on the tian-xian.com website.

Loads of testimonials — but is it backed by science?

Tian Xian is heavily promoted with testimonials.

Certainly I don’t have a problem with that, on one level.

But I sense there can be dangers when the testimonials outweigh everything else. While testimonials can provide valuable information, they should be the starting point for more investigation, not the last word — especially when dealing with a serious disease like cancer.

Five potential shortcomings I see in these testimonials:

1. Patients may have gaps in their understanding of their disease.

2. Doctors may make statements which are inaccurate or are misinterpreted by their patients.

3. Patients who have been helped may exaggerate their benefits.

4. Patient statements could be deliberately changed or distorted for commercial reasons.

5. Testimonials could be fictitious (even though legally not allowed)… and could even be paid shills. There’s no way to know.

If the testimonials on this website are genuine — which I’ll let you decide for yourself — they are in fact truly amazing. Some patients claim that when they took the Tian Xian liquid, they shrank their tumors. In some cases, tumors completely disappeared.

While that’s not unheard of, in the interest of fairness, I need to ask… was it the Tian Xian that made their tumors shrink, or was it other treatments they were using at the same time, whether conventional or alternative? In these testimonials it’s hard to tell.

Usually, for a treatment that’s been around for twenty years, you’d find scientific publications in PubMed or in the scientific journals. My researchers weren’t able to find any such publications.

What’s in it?

According to its website, Tian Xian products are herbal dietary supplements, with active herbal ingredients that aim to control, inhibit and destroy cancer cells.

Their website clearly states it’s meant to function as a complement to Western therapies. That’s one reason it’s impossible to assess how well it works, in the absence of published studies.

The company lists their Tian Xian liquid ingredients as:

1. Radix Ginseng (12.5%)

2. Radix Astragali (15%)

3. Cordyceps (24%)

4. Ganoderma (17%)

5. Rhizoma Dioscroeae (11%)

6. Herba Scutellariae Barbatae (2%)

7. Margarita (4%)

8. Fructus Lycii (9%)

9. Fructus Ligustri Lucidi (0.5%)

10. Radix Glcyrrhizae (5%)

Some of the ingredient lists on the other websites didn’t seem to line up perfectly with this, again leaving me with a question mark.

For the most part, however, these are respected Chinese herbs, highly regarded for their healing capabilities throughout the ages.

Three show particular promise for cancer treatments. They were hardly invented by Mr. Wang (more on him in a moment…), but belong to a long-lived ancient Chinese tradition — and are in fact supported by scientific research.

1. Cordyceps sinensis (also called caterpillar mushroom) — one of the better known Chinese herbs, grows above 10,000 feet in the highlands of China, Tibet, and Nepal. Has a broad range of biological effects on the liver, kidneys, heart, and immune system. When I searched the topic “Cordyceps sinensis cancer” PubMed had 85 listings.

2. Ganoderma (also reishi) — has been used for 2,000 years in Chinese medicine, and is respectfully called the “Mushroom of Immortality.”

PubMed has 189 entries on ganoderma’s impact on cancer. One promising study (Gao 2003) showed a positive impact of ganoderma on cancer immune function… increasing the beneficial cytokines IL-2, IL-6 and interferon-gamma, and significantly decreasing pro-inflammatory ones. Natural killer (NK) cell activity also increased 8%. The authors concluded that ganoderma enhanced immune function in late-stage cancer patients.

3. Astragalus — used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, highly regarded as an immune booster. It’s an adaptogen, meaning it helps your body adjust to physical and emotional stressors What’s more, it’s an anti-bacterial and an anti-inflammatory. PubMed lists 416 articles on Astragalus and cancer.

Very little study has been done on the full Tian Xian formula. It could possess immune system benefits, but it looks like there’s little hard evidence. It is a mix of medicinal herbs, so it stands to reason it will have some effect on immune health — but that doesn’t mean it’s a cancer cure. Not yet, anyway.

Tian Xian’s early days…

Interestingly, according to the company’s website, the company produced and sold sugar before branching into the field of cancer treatments.

Tian Xian was formulated by a Chinese professor named Wang Zhen Guo, who claims to have won many awards since he introduced Tian Xian in 1989. The awards listed on the website seem to have all been at the “38th Eureka World Invention Expo” — and I had trouble substantiating that such an organization actually exists.

It is unclear whether he is a medical doctor, at least in the US definition of medical doctor. He talks about “undergoing practical training at the Liu Dao Gou Health Clinic in Tong Hua City in the capacity as an intern in a medical institute.”

What harm could come by taking Tian Xian?

The seller’s website lists a number of side effects that you might experience when taking Tian Xian, such as:

1. Constipation

2. Diarrhea (may contain blood)

3. Stomach pain

4. Dizziness

5. Racing pulse, high blood pressure

6. Loss of appetite

7. Aches and pains

8. Rash

9. Darkened skin (if you have liver cancer)

Quite the list… But apparently no serious harm has come to those taking it. And to be honest, the reactions could just be the result of toxins being released from your system. They may pass with time. However, like so much about Tian Xian, it’s hard to tell.

Also, just because you’re taking a natural or herbal product doesn’t mean it cannot be toxic. After all, there is a saying in health that “the difference between poison and medicine is in the dose”.

The single ingredients may be harmless, but there’s little indication that toxicity studies of the blend have been carried out by the manufacturers.

Nor is it easy to tell what standards of purity and potency they adhere to during manufacturing. Chinese herbal traditions aside, there have been some cases of contaminated products coming out of China the past few years.

Furthermore, especially with herbal products, too often people assume that if a little is good, more is better. After all, it’s natural, right? Probably not the best assumption to make…

Lastly, since no toxicity studies have been done on Tian Xian, it’s impossible to know whether drug interactions are likely.

And now for the real zinger!

If you plan to take Tian Xian, I hope you have lots of extra cash stashed away.

A 28-day supply of Super Tian Xian Liquid sells for a whopping $1,280. And that’s just the beginning.

They go on to recommend that “the curative effect will be better if matched with Tian Xian Capsule (Wan) and Tian Xian Suppository. It is stronger and concentrated compared to the regular Tian Xian Liquid.”

Okay, so a box of the capsules will set you back an additional $150 and for just a 10 to 20 day supply, depending on dosage.

Your box of suppositories will cost $80 and will last just 6 days, used according to the instructions.

So, all said and done, this protocol will cost you around $2100 per month. And don’t expect that money to come from insurance.

I can hardly fault an entrepreneur for wanting to make a profit by marketing an honest, proven product. But, setting aside the other red flags, I do feel the Tian Xian prices are excessive.

Would I try Tian Xian? No. There’s not enough evidence to satisfy me. At most I’d try to put together my own formula using the most promising components — the ones for which I’m able to find solid evidence and more information about the proper doses, side effects and possible interactions. And I bet my do-it-yourself formula would cost a fraction of their price.

For example, I found Cordyceps sinensis available as a supplement on the Internet for as little as $7 for a 60-day supply… and Reishi (organic) for under $10 for a 45 day supply… and Astragalus for $9 to $10 for a 60 day supply.

As you can see, if I set out to put together my own “Chinese” formula — or work with an alternative health practitioner knowledgeable in Chinese medicine — I could probably save a bundle of money. But honestly, I wouldn’t go down that road. There are plenty of proven cancer treatments. Why speculate on some over-priced treatment nobody seems to know about except the people who make it?

Unfortunately, desperate patients and their families may jump for Tian Xian just because they feel they’re out of options. That’s certainly understandable. But call me a skeptic until there are some respected clinical studies — and the price point makes sense for the middle class.

On Wednesday I sent you an article about a new treatment that DOES have some science behind it, plus you can get it at a North American clinic along with other proven treatments. If you missed this important news, just scroll down and see it now. . .

Best regards,

Lee Euler,

About the author

Lee Euler

Hi I'm Lee Euler, I’ve spent over a decade investigating every possible way a person can beat cancer. In fact, our commitment to defeating cancer has made us the world’s #1 publisher of information about Alternative Cancer Treatments -- with over 20 books and 700 newsletters on the subject. If you haven't heard about all your cancer options, or if you want to make sure you don’t miss even one answer to this terrible disease, then join our newsletter. When you do, I'll keep you informed each week about the hundreds of alternative cancer treatments that people are using to cure cancer all over the world.

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