Herbs to Help Prevent Cancer
Herbal Medicine and Prevention of Cancer
Here we look at specific herbal cancer preventatives
Individual Herbs in Detail
Primary statement regarding cancer
Alan Hopking MA MNIMH offers herbal medicine for the treatment of all illnesses and prevention of serious diseases. But it must be stressed at the outset of this document that neither Alan Hopking nor herbal medicine nor the Herbactive Clinic is hereby making a single claim or offer to the curing of any cancer, the treatment of cancer, advice as to how to treat or cure cancer, or having any herbal medicine or prescription in connection with the treatment of any cancer. Our aim for all people and patients is to prevent the onset of cancer.
There are specific herbal medicines to help the prevention of serious disease and cancer, including:
Caisse - ACT
Cannabis (Hemp) CBD Oil
White Blood Cells
Red Blood Cells
Your Best Diet for Serious Disease
Herbs are the medicine of choice for treatment of rogue cells, but diet is also primary for a good outcome to restore good normal health. Your diet must change. Eat real food. Organic. Fresh vegetables. Fresh fruits. Plant proteins. A little meat and fish and dairy. Eggs are good. Red wine (small amount). Real, unfined, ales (small amount). Green smoothies. Keep it simple. Vary your salads and meals from day to day. Get colourful fruits, roots. Natural fresh foods stop angiogenesis (cancer spread via new blood vessels). Drink natural clean water. Meditate. Release suppressed emotions by exercise. Strengthen your relationships. Share. Be yourself. You don't need fancy supplements (expensive) - recent science says it's a waste as the supplement constituents aren't used by the body. Just eat as natural and whole as possible. No factory refined foods. Keep off refined sugar. A little honey is fine. Juicing fruits and roots is not recommended (or just a small cupful); green juices are better. Spices are fine but not too much - just to enhance the taste. A meditarian diet is one of the best. Chew well. Enjoy every meal. There's no mystery about eating good clean foods and eating a whole food diet.
If you don't have cancer, eat as though you do. Remember 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men get cancer. Since the 1970s survival rates have doubled and today over half of all patients diagnosed with cancer survive for at least 10 years. But cancer lurks and will strike if you don't prepare and support your amazing body. It's better to prevent than to try to cure. Herbal treatment is here to help prevent cancer, not cure it.
There is one whole herbal supplement I recommend and which is acclaimed by natural health practitioners in Great Britain and the United States and that is taking just half to one teaspoonful of a powder made from over 77 whole herbal nutrient-rich herbs and plants - Herbactive's own ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder Plus.
Alan Hopking MA MNIMH has written an article, a double-page centre-spread fully illustrated with colour pictures of each herb in the latest Journal of ICON (Integrative Cancer and Oncology) Volume 9 Issue 3 called:
- more information about treating serious disease with herbs can be found below
Health Warning! Herbs are not without side-effects. Herbs may conflict with some drugs. However, you should seriously consider the usefulness of herbs as a part of your integrative cancer-fighting programme. The information below just provides general information and you should always go to an expert cmedical herbalist for clear and informed advice - see the National Institute of Medical Herbalists website for a herbal practitioner near you www.nimh.org.uk
Cancer cells work opposite to the normal healthy body cell. The key to the difference is that cancer cells are anaerobic (they do not like oxygen). Normal healthy cells in our body love breathing oxygen. In fact the more oxygen in the body the quicker cancer cells are destroyed. This is the basis of the acid-alkaline understanding of disease. If we allow ourselves to become acidic we become vulnerable to disease and serious illness. If we support the alkalinity in our body we keep healthy. It's that simple.So what are we to avoid to dodge become acidic; and what are we promote to enjoy an alkaline body with health and happiness? It's not rocket science but the things to avoid we know well: junk food or a poor diet, smoking, little or no exercise, stress, too much alcohol, too much sugar and refined carbohydrates. These in a nutshell produce acidification within the body's organs and cells. Likewise we know what it is to keep healthy: good proteins like organic meats, fish, nuts and cheese, plenty of raw foods and greens, fresh herbs like parsley, marjoram, basil, watercress, and so on, very little carbohydrate (cut back on potatos, bread, root veg, etc), cut back on all forms of sugar and hidden sugars as in banana, apple, pears, grapes, etc eat more berry fruits, lots of good natural water, take plenty of exercise, and meditate to relax the mind and body - all these bathe the body in the fresh meadow breeze of oxygen. This strengthens the immune system and keeps your body in a healthy alkaline state. This is the recommended change of lifestyle for everyone wanting to avoid illness and serious illness and for those who are ill and want to regain health. For more information make a consultation with Alan Hopking, medical herbalist.
The following herbs have been found to help people to regain their health and a healthy consciousness.
About nine months ago, my husband was scheduled to have a suspected bcc (basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer) removed surgically. I had read about your Black Salve and persuaded him to try it. He applied it for several days, the lesion scabbed over and the scab dropped off after a couple of weeks, leaving new, normal skin underneath which was reddish to start with but faded to normal skin colour after a few months. When he attended his hospital appointment, the consultant was surprised to see that the lesion had all but disappeared and concluded that no treatment was necessary. Subsequently, my husband has applied the Black Salve to another suspected bcc and two suspected solar keratosis spots (as diagnosed by the consultant). Exactly the same thing has happened to these subsequent lesions.
Treatment with Herbs
Herbs described below are as follows: Sutherlandia (Cancer Bush Herb), Cat's Claw, Astragalus, Curcuma, Chaparral, Bee Propolis, Mistletoe, Neem, Noni, Echinacea, Flax Seed Oil, Essiac (Caisse), HerbShield.
This is for information only, so that you can made an informed choice about your fight to beat serious disease. We make no medical claims for the effectiveness of these herbs.
CANCER BUSH HERB (SUTHERLANDIA)
Sutherlandia frutescens is regarded as the most profound and multi-purpose of the medicinal plants in Southern Africa. Because of its efficacy as a safe tonic for diverse health conditions it has enjoyed a long history of use by all cultures in Southern Africa.
Sutherlandia powerfully assists the body to mobilize its own resources to cope with diverse physical and mental stresses, and it should therefore be more correctly known as an adaptogenic tonic.
The traditional Tswana name Phetola alludes to this: Phetola means it changes, meaning that the plant changes the course of many illnesses into a favorable outcome. (Similar to the European concept of an alterative). The North Sotho name Lerumo-lamadi means the spear for the blood meaning that Sutherlandia is a powerful blood-purifier or all-purpose tonic.
This plant is one of the most talked about in the ethnobotanical world because it has a strong reputation as a cure for serious disease and now increasingly as an immune booster in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Research on its properties is ongoing.
It has long been known, used and respected as a medicinal plant in southern Africa. The original inhabitants of the Cape, the Khoi San and Nama people, used it mainly as a decoction for the washing of wounds and took it internally to bring down fevers. The early colonists regarded it as giving successful results in the treatment of chicken pox, stomach problems, and of internal cancers. It is also known to have been used in the treatment of eye troubles, the eyes being bathed with a decoction of the plant. It continues to be used to this day as a remedy for the above-mentioned ailments. It is still used as a wash for wounds, to bring down fevers, to treat chicken pox, for internal cancers, and farm workers in the Cape still use it to treat eye troubles. It is also used to treat colds, 'flu, asthma, TB, bronchitis, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis and osteo-arthritis, liver problems, haemorrhoids, piles, bladder, uterus & 'women's' complaints, diarrhoea & dysentery, stomach ailments, heartburn, peptic ulcers, backache, diabetes, varicose veins and inflammation. It is also used in the treatment of mental and emotional stress, including irritability, anxiety and depression and is used as a gentle tranquillizer. It is said to be a useful bitter tonic and that a little taken before meals will aid digestion and improve the appetite. It is considered to be a good general medicine.
There is as yet no scientific support for the numerous claims and anecdotes that this plant can cure cancer, but there is preliminary clinical evidence that it has a direct anti-cancer effect in some cancers and that it acts as an immune stimulant.
Sutherlandia should not be regarded as a miracle cure for cancer, its real benefits are as a tonic that will assist the body to mobilize its own resources to cope with the illness. It is known to decrease anxiety and irritability and to elevate the mood. Cancer patients, as well as TB and AIDS patients, lose weight and tend to waste away. Sutherlandia dramatically improves the appetite and wasted patients start to gain weight. It is also known to improve energy levels and gives an enhanced sense of well-being. It is hoped that treatment with sutherlandia will delay the progression of HIV into AIDS, and even remission of the disease is hoped for.
The indigenous, folk, and contemporary uses of Sutherlandia include use as a tonic for:
* enhancing well-being
* immune support
* stress, depression and anxiety
* wasting from cell distortions, TB, and AIDS
* quality-of-life tonic for abnormal cells, HIV/AIDS and TB
* appetite stimulant in wasted patients, but not in healthy people.
* Chronic Fatigues Syndrome, ME Syndrome and Yuppie Flu
* viral hepatitis
* asthma and bronchitis
* type 2 diabetes
* mild to moderate hypertension
* rheumatoid arthritis
* peptic ulcer, gastritis, and reflux oesophagitis
* hot flashes and irritability in menopause
Sutherlandia is included in HerbShield
Sanguinaria canadensis. Research shows consistent anti-neoploastic activity. It is effective against tumours, and can shrink them; and has proven useful with skin tumours, breast cell abnormalities and sarcomas. It is the major herb (with chaparral) in Black Salve which is becoming a popular method to fight external rogue cells and breast disease. See more information about the amazing actions of bloodroot and Black Salve.
CAT’s CLAW (Uno de Gato)
Boosting the Attack
Alkaloids are very powerful natural plant compounds and there are six oxindole alkaloids in Uno de Gato bark. This natural compound is found in the Peruvian rain forest and China. It is known to be anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant and an immune stimulator.
An excellent Immune System booster
A common misconception is that merely stimulating the immune system will be enough to kick out a cancer. But, by and large, the problem with cancer is two-fold – true, the immune system is weak, BUT .......the cancer evades the immune system because of the low immune system response capacity. (In English – the bad guys can’t be ‘seen’, no matter how many good guys you produce. The issue is to make lots of good guys AND identify the bad guys in such a way that they appear on the radar screens).
So, in Herbal Medicine two therapeutic requirements are essential for the prevention of rogue cells developing – Immuno-modulating herbs, and Adaptogenic herbs, and BOTH are required to work synergistically.
Cat‘s Claw is an immuno-modulating herb - it is known to increase various white cell levels stimulating the production of Natural Killer Cells. Four alkaloids in particular boost phagocytosis where the white cells attack, wrap up and carry off the rogue cells in the body – be they microbes, viruses, antigens and even abnormal cell masses.
Research studies have shown the herb to be very powerful in its use with AIDS and serious disease therapies. Research shows an action in decreasing the size of some tumours.
Protects healthy cells during radio-and chemotherapy
Can reduce the damaging side effects from radiotherapy and chemotherapy as it seems to offer protection to healthy cells and enhances the attacking and prevention of cancer cells.
As an anti-carcinogen aid it can also be combined with wild yam and aloe vera forming a very strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial immune boosting force.
It has also been shown to boost the body’s natural energy modulating levels.
Cats Claw is included in HerbShield
Flax Seed Oil
Flax seed - also known as Linseed – is an annual plant found originally in India but now grown worldwide. It grows to just over a metre tall and produces true blue flowers and dry fruit capsules that each contain several glossy, brown, apple-pip-shaped seeds 4-7mm long. Flax is grown for its seeds and fibre and has been used over the centuries in the manufacture of a myriad of products including fabric, dye, varnish, paper, medicines, soap and fishing nets!
There are two varieties of flax seed – brown and yellow (otherwise known as ‘golden’) – both of which can be eaten. Cold pressed flaxseed oil is also suitable for human consumption and is often taken as a supplement in capsule form.
Nutritional Properties of Flax
Brown and yellow flax seeds have similar nutritional values and are a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Oily fish are also a source of omega-3’s, but there is a difference. Those from fish are ‘long-chain’ omega-3’s, whilst those from plants are ‘short-chain’. The numerous expert research studies of Vane and others on the benefits of omega-3’s with inflammation, Cox-2 and eicosanoids have all shown that long chain is the active form and short chain is inert. That is not to say that plant omega-3’s do you no good; far from it. In the body there is about 12 per cent conversion from short to long and flax is especially important in populations with low fish diets. The only exception is a variety of yellow flax called solin, which provides relatively little omega-3. Omega-3 acids are also very important in maintaining a healthy diet as they reduce cholesterol, blood pressure and plaque formation in arteries.
Besides providing omega-3s, flax seeds are an excellent source of protection against cancer - phytonutrients called lignans. Lignans also act as prebiotics, feeding the populations of certain beneficial bacteria in the colon and stimulating the immune system. Populations with a high intake of phytonutrients have been found to protect and have a lower incidence and mortality rate of breast, colon and prostate cancers. One such population is the Japanese, who typically consume a low-fat, high-fibre diet rich in isoflavonoids from soya beans and lignans from vegetables and grains. Studies linking flax consumption with a protection in breast, colon and prostate cancers have been carried out and are summarised as follows:
Studies have shown that women with a history of breast cancer have significantly lower levels of the mammalian lignans enterodiol and enterolactone, which are made from the plant lignans secoisolariciresinol diglycoside (SDG) and matairesinol diglycoside (MDG) when flax seeds are consumed. In addition, lignans have been found to reduce levels of oestrogen, the lifetime exposure to which has strongly been linked with prevention of breast cancer.
Since the colon is the region where mammalian lignans are produced from plant lignans, a number of studies have been carried out to find out whether flax plays a role in the prevention of colon cancer. The tests have revealed that cell proliferation – a precursor to tumour growth – was significantly less likely when flax seeds were part of the diet.
In a preliminary clinical study, 25 men with prostate cancer were each given 30g of flax a day for a month as part of a low-fat diet. At the end of the month it was found that prostate cancer cell proliferation had decreased (preventative action), while cancer cell death had increased among these men as compared with a control group.
Cooking with Flax
Flax is very versatile when it comes to cooking. You can do all of the following…!
· Caramelise ground flax, mixed nuts and malt barley extract for a great muesli topping
· Dip chunks of fruit in a mixture of ground flax and desiccated coconut, then stick them on wooden skewer to make fruit kebabs
· Mash an avocado and one tablespoon of ground flax to make a healthy sandwich spread
· Add one tablespoon of ground flax to a hummus mixture for extra goodness
· Sprinkle ground flax on a fruit salad or over fruit purées for a quick dessert
And why not try my recipes for Flaxseed Cookies and Flaxseed and Green Tea Muffins…?
110g wholemeal flour
50g ground flax seeds
50g cashew nuts
100g brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon baking powder
200ml organic coconut oil
200ml water or Oat Milk (other non-dairy milks are good, too)
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add oil and mix. Stir in water or milk to make a firm mixture. Place heaped spoonfuls on a baking tray and then flatten. Dust with extra ground flax. Bake for 12-15 mins, then cool and serve.
Flaxseed and Green Tea Muffins
125g ground flaxseed
125g self-raising wholewheat flour
50g brown sugar (optional)
2 tablespoons of soya yogurt
100g sunflower oil
1 tablespoon loose green tea (ground to powder in a coffee grinder)
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
Pre-heat the oven to 190°C. Mix the yogurt and egg, then add the flour, flaxseed, sugar, green tea and lemon. Spoon the mixture into muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Note that ground flaxseed naturally flavoured with blueberries or apple and cinnamon can be ordered from Nutrichef at www.nutrichef.co.uk
Flax Seed Oil is included in HerbShield
Astragalus - An all rounder
Astragalus has been around in Chinese medicine for two thousand years. It is known as ‘haung qi‘, or chi, because it boosts natural body energy levels. Astragalus is taken from the root of a perennial plant (Astragalus membranaceous) needing four to seven years to mature before the root is harvested in early spring. The root is not unlike a garlic bulb. Traditionally, this herb is known to boost the immune system and has benefits in cases of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and respiratory infections. It is also used as a general tonic and to treat burns, abscesses and for hepatitis.
An excellent Immune system booster
Its wide usage in China as an immune system booster brought interest from Europe, Japan and America. Original Chinese studies dated back to 1981, when a study by Hou et al showed that Astragalus taken orally induced greater quantities of interferon and leukocytes in the blood stream.
A common misconception is that merely stimulating the immune system will be enough to kick out a cancer. Maybe, in a few cases it will. But, by and large, the problem with cancer is two-fold – true, the immune system is weak, BUT .......the cancer evades the immune system because of the low immune system response capacity. (In English – the bad guys can’t be ‘seen’, no matter how many good guys you produce. The issue is to make lots of good guys AND stimulate the bad guys in such a way that they appear on the radar screens).
So, Medical Herbalists rightly point out that two therapeutic requirements are essential – Immuno-modulating action, and Adaptogenic action, and BOTH are required to work synergistically.
Astragalus seems to be able to do both jobs. Firstly, it has phenomenal immune system modulating effects. In tests at the Hiroshima School of Medicine in Japan, it was shown to directly increase B-lymphocyte and T-lymphocyte levels, interleukin and antibody production.
But, not only does it increase the number of various white cells and in particular the ‘hunter’ T-cells it also helps identify the viruses, bacteria and other rogue cells. The University of Texas has shown that Astragalus seems to be an adaptogenic herb ’offering up’ viruses, bacteria and even malformed cells to be seen by the immune system.
Astragalus contains bioflavonoids, choline and a polysaccharide, asragalan B, amongst other active ingredients. Astragalan B controls bacterial infection, viruses and other such ‘rogue’ bodies by binding to their outer membranes. This has two effects – it weakens their internal systems, and by sitting on the membrane it thus helps the T-cells identify rogue cells.
All this also makes its use as an adjunct to fight AIDS increasingly important.
FDA to approve role in cancer
A considerable amount of detailed German and American research has confirmed the herb’s powers, and identified an important potential role in cancer preventon therapy. For example:
- Researchers from the University of Texas, Houston, have reported that cancer patients receiving Astragalus have twice the survival rate of those only receiving placebos.
- It is often used in conjunction with other herbs. In a 1994 Italian study (Morazzoni, Bombardelli) breast abnormality patients were given a combination of Iigustrum and Astragalus. Patients given this mix showed a decline in mortality from 50% to 10%.
- In another study of patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer all undergoing chemotherapy, the group taking the dual herb mix showed an average life span increase of 130%.
- Astragalus doesn't merely enhance interferon levels; there is strong scientific evidence that it benefits liver function (often impaired in the cancer sufferer). In China, Astragalus is widely used in the treatment of hepatitis. It seems to reduce toxin levels significantly, boost interferon levels and inhibit viral protein expression whilst having little or no effect on normal DNA. (Zhang 1995, Fan 1996)
The FDA is currently granting it approval as an anti-cancer agent for help in the protection against developing cancer..
Improves the effectiveness of Radio- and Chemotherapy
One extremely important conclusion from several US studies is that Astragalus seems to help the immune system differentiate between healthy cells and rogue cells, thereby boosting the body’s total ‘cancer fighting system’. One effect of this is the added benefit of improving the effectiveness of radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments.
- In Chinese hospitals Astragalus is now routinely used to help people recover from the negative effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
- MD Anderson Cancer Center (Texas) researchers reported that some patients undergoing radiotherapy had twice the survival rates if they took astragalus during the treatment.
- In the West some herbalists routinely provide chemotherapy and radiotherapy patients with Astragalus, and apart from boosting the immune system (which of course both orthodox treatments damage) it also seems to stop the spread of malignant cells to secondary healthy tissues.
There are no known conflicting effects with drugs. Astragalus should be taken with meals at a total intake of 2,000 to 3,000 mgs per day.
Astragalus beats the flu
Clinical Applications: Astragalus is antiviral, carminative, antispasmodic, and hepatic. It improves glucose tolerance and acts as a vasodilator. In China, astragalus has been used as an energy tonic for deficient spleen qi and yang conditions. It has been used to treat wasting and thirsting conditions, as well as diarrhea, fatigue, and prolapse of the uterus. Astragalus is used to control fluids in cases of excess sweating and to reduce fluid retention.
- Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology by Michael Friedman, ND
Other Chinese doctors have found that astragalus offers more effective relief than the drug nifedipine (Procardia) for angina pain. More than 80 percent of angina patients improved on astragalus treatment without the dizziness, giddiness, heartburn, or headache that nifedipine can cause. Animal studies suggest that astragalus can help prevent the development of cholesterol plaques after an arterial wall has been damaged, which can keep the coronary arteries from becoming too narrow. Astragalus also is useful in the treatment of viral myocarditis, a flulike infection that affects the heart.
- Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC
Also, since flu vaccines are formulated based on viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past, they may or may not be effective in preventing flu caused by this year's virus. Astragalus helps to build the immune system, and thus make you less vulnerable to the flu. Take 250 to 500 milligrams in the morning three times a week during the flu season. Note: Do not take this herb if you have a fever. American ginseng helps to boost the immune system and strengthen the body. Take 200 milligrams one-half hour before breakfast once or twice a week during the winter months.
- Smart Medicine for Healthier Living : Practical A-Z Reference to Natural and Conventional Treatments for Adults by Janet Zand, LAc, OMD, Allan N. Spreed, MD, CNC, James B. LaValle, RPh, ND
Consider taking ginseng or astragalus to promote health, stamina, and viral immunity. Take colostrum, beta-glucan, and other immune-boosting supplements. Take extra vitamin C and zinc. Follow the recommendations in this book on how to take natural medicines for beating the flu. For frail, older people, reduce the dosage by half.
Astragalus is included in HerbShield
is an evergreen desert shrub, long used by native Americans to treat everything from colds to cancer has now been shown by the Medical University of South Carolina to, indeed, have the ability to shrink some tumours. In the 50's to 70's, Chaparral tea was used as an anti-cancer drink but the FDA warned people off it, claiming possible liver and kidney damage.
Chaparral has now been shown to have the ability to shrink some tumours
This latest research used injectable refined extracts of Chaparral injected into patients with head and neck cancers that had not responded to previous treatments. No negative effect with either liver or kidneys was seen.
"Clinical trials of M4N (a refined extract taken from Chaparral) will be important", said a spokesman at Cancer Research UK.
Chaparral is included in HerbShield
Bee propolis and pollen
Propolis has always had a pretty healthy image. After all, honey was one of the staple foods in the Middle Ages and is known to have significant anti-viral and anti-fungal benefits. Only recently, we covered a story in icon that Christie Hospital, Manchester was to use Manuka honey for patients who had had chemotherapy or radiotherapy and were suffering from infections of the throat and mouth. It is also applied to leg ulcers, although I prefer to combine it with antibacterial and wound healing herbs for extra strength.
What is Bee Propolis?
Propolis is a natural compound produced by bees from the buds of plants and mixed with wax and resin. It is used to repair the hive, and to protect it from predators like viruses, bacteria, fungi and various microbes and diseases. It maintains the temperature and health of the hive (Park et al 2002).
Not surprisingly it can be extremely useful in fighting various infectious diseases. A range of safe and positive effects has been identified - for example, it is highly effective with:
- wound healing
- skin infections
- tissue repair
- gastro-intestinal problems
The actual content of bee propolis depends on the geographic location of the bees and the time of year (Banskota et al 2000). Propolis often comprises more than 180 natural compounds, many of which are concentrates of powerful antioxidant plant flavenoids and phenols. This finding, through chromatographic analysis for example, has led to many new and research-proven benefits over the last 8 years. (Castaldo and Capasso, 2002)
Bee propolis is now also known to have:
- anaesthetic benefits
- immuno-modulating benefits
- anti-inflammatory benefits
- antioxidant benefits
- cardiovascular benefits
- cancer prevention benefits
Brazilian bee propolis (Green propolis from Baccharis Dracunculifolia) has been the subject of a number of many serious clinical studies, and according to PubMed, accounts for over 26 per cent of all new research. The next group of major researchers is in Japan.
Because the ‘ingredients’ of bee propolis can vary greatly, I will confine the rest of this article to Brazilian green propolis. Much of the research detail comes from an article published in the International Journal of Cancer Research 3 (1); 43-53 2007.
Anti-Cancer Benefits for Prevention
Brazilian bee propolis has significant and varied anti-cancer benefits (prevention), some of which will surprise many orthodox experts. Overall, research has indicated benefits in each of the following areas of the cancer process:
- Anti-viral; anti-yeast (candida albicans)
- Wound Healing
- Immune stimulant
- Free radical scavenging
- DNA protection
- Anti-tumour effect
- Preventative action against abnormal cell development and induce apoptosis should this occur
- Anti-metastatic activity.
Furthermore, it has been shown to enhance the benefits of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, having a protective effect on healthy cells and an enhancing effect on chemotherapy action.
(i) Anti-inflammatory action
Inflammation is a usual precursor to cancer and may be caused by a number of factors such as eicosanoids (e.g. Prostaglandins), cytokines (e.g. leukotrines), quinines, free radicals histamines and serotonin. Propolis has been shown to inhibit prostaglandin, leucotrine and histamine release. (Khayyal et al 1993; Mirzoeva and Calder 1996; Hepsen et al 1999. Indeed all these inflammatory conditions have been suppressed in clinical studies - and in each case the response was as good as the recommended prescription drug (Menezes et al 1999). Propolis was even found to overcome formaldehyde induced arthritis. Typical active ingredients were the flavenoid hesperidins (Hata and Beyer 2004).
(ii) Anti-viral; anti-yeast
Various research studies have confirmed bee propolis effectiveness against all the principle strains of Staphylococcus, Escherichia coli, salmonella, E coli, candida albicans and even HIV. A number of flavenoids seem particularly important, especially kaempferol, pinocembrin and galangine. Again controls were taken using prescription drugs such as AZT the anti-AIDS drug. Moronic acid in propolis had significant anti-HIV effect, out-scoring the AZT drug.
(iii) Wound Healing
Propolis has been found to have antiseptic, anaesthetic and healing powers. It has been shown to have a healing effect in the tissue repair of oral mucosa (Bretz et al 1998) - hence the use of Menuka by Christie Hospital. It is also effective as a 5 per cent mouthwash after dental surgery (Carvahlo 1994). Post operative wounds - for example after cancer surgery - in subcutaneous tissues were more quickly healed with a compress of propolis, honey and comfrey ointment (Magro-Filho 1987).
(iv) Immune Stimulant
The ester of caffeic acid (CAPE) is one of the main active compounds of propolis, along with the flavenoid ingredients Quercitin and Hesperidine. They seem to have two actions. Firstly, they seem to inhibit cellular growth and secondly, they can increase the presence of certain white immune cells like T-lymphocytes, increasing hydrogen peroxide production without any simultaneous and damaging nitrite production, which usually occurs with macrophage activity. (Than et al 2003; Ansorge et al 2003)
(v) Free Radical Scavenging
Flavenoids are known to have powerful antioxidant benefits. Matsushige et al 1996 isolated a compound from propolis to show that it had a stronger antioxidant benefit that vitamins C and E. The Brazilian propolis seems to have stronger antioxidant powers than those of China, Peru and Holland. The antioxidant capacity can prevent the free radicals acting on the cell lipids, proteins and even the DNA.
(vi) DNA Protection
CAPE - even when used in low doses - can prevent cellular mistakes in healthy cells and induce apoptosis (cell death) in abnormal cells. Thus it seems to have a double benefit of protecting healthy cells whilst killing rogue cells. (Chen et al 2003)
Fitzpatrick et al (2001) also showed that propolis could protect healthy DNA and restrict macrophage activity. This selective effect was also shown by Su et al 1995.
(vii) Anti-tumour effect
The ability to protect healthy DNA was confirmed by Banskota et al 2001, and by Suzuki et al, in 2002. They both also noted that propolis had anti-tumour activity. The ability to kill rogue cells has been shown both in vitro and in animal in vivo studies. The particular ingredient responsible is Artepillin C, which leads to malignant cells’ DNA fragmentation (Kimoto et al 1998). Kimoto has also shown that intra-tumoural injections of 500 mgs of Artepillin C produced apoptosis and an increase in immune defenses.
CAPE and another 20 ingredients of propolis were tested by Nagaoka et al 2002. 4 were found to cause abnormal cell death. Where CAPE was taken orally by mice with lung tumours, a reduction of tumour size of 50 per cent was noted. Researchers similarly tested another group of mice using the drug cisplatine. No difference in effectiveness was noted, but the mice taking the drug had significant weight loss, a side-effect not noted with propolis (Nagaoka et al 2003). It was concluded that CAPE had a cytoxic effect, and could also block the invasive, metastasis noted with these tumours.
(viii) Enhancement of orthodox chemotherapy approaches
Propolis has biological effects that act in synergy with chemotherapy drugs such as 5-fluorouracil (Suzuki et al 2002).Importantly Santos and Cruz 2001 showed that the antioxidant properties of propolis could reduce the side effects caused by chemotherapy drugs without any detriment to the therapeutic effects.
Suzuki researched two drugs in experiments with mice and cancer (mitomicine C and 5- fluoresce) and showed that the combination of drug plus propolis had by far the greatest regression effects especially in advanced stages, over the drugs used on their own. The propolis usage resulted in higher levels of white and red cells and less side effects. The conclusion of the research was that propolis increased the bio-availability of the drugs. The desired effect could therefore logically be achieved on smaller doses and with even less side effects.
Orsolic and Basic (2005) used mice with breast tumours to show antioxidants can enhance the performance of both radiotherapy and chemotherapy, by using water soluble bee propolis. This supports the work of Chan noted above, that CAPE has a cytoxic effect and can cause cell death, whilst protecting the DNA of healthy cells. ‘Chemotherapy agents used in anti-metastatic activity have their benefits enhanced’. was again the conclusion. The authors recommended clinical trials should take place as all the indications were for greater effect in radio and chemotherapy, whilst minimising blood cell declines and other side effects.
Padmavathi et al (2005) studied the drug paclitaxel with propolis, in DMBA-induced mice breast cancer and concluded that the two combined suppressed breast cancer, decreased lipid peroxidation, and increased the activities of antioxidant enhanced super oxide dismutase and vitamin C. They concluded that the combination of paclitaxel and propolis offers maximum effect in DMBA-induced breast cancer.
It’s a wonder oncologists aren’t all rushing to use propolis - or at least conduct clinical trials. What have they got to lose?
Unfortunately if these results are borne out in real life, it would explode the myth that they have been uttering for too long - that antioxidants get in the way (are counter-indicated) for their wonder drugs and radiotherapy. We have quoted research in the past in icon from UCLA and MD Anderson (several studies) before saying antioxidants are beneficial to orthodox therapies. Now the research on the use of propolis, with 180 concentrated ingredients, many of which are antioxidants is the final sting in the tail. But will they take notice? Sadly, given the consistency of these findings, it’s the patients who are losing out if propolis is not used by patients to prevent cancer. The drugs and radiotherapy are less effective, and the side effects are worse.
Hippocrates must be turning in his grave.
Herbactive Propolis/Bee Pollen is a liquid making it easy and highly effectiive to take – made in organic vegetable glycerine (alcohol-free tincture). You can buy it from us and a low price.
Propolis/Bee Pollen is included in HerbShield
is a semi-parasitic plant that has been used for centuries in Europe to treat many human illnesses. Although the berries and the plant itself are poisonous, a whole variety of extracts has been prepared and these seem to avoid the toxicity and side effects.
The extracts are manufactured and marketed as injectable prescription drugs under a variety of names including Iscador, Isorel, Isucucin, Helixor, Plenosol and Eurixor. Some extracts are, in fact marketed under more than one name. Iscador, Isorel and Plenosol are sold as Iscar, Vysorel and Lektinol respectively. The chemical composition of the extract also depends on the host tree, and extract variants are prepared by tree type.
The extracts can be in aqueous solution or in solutions of water and alcohol. They may also be fermented.
The FDA has not yet approved mistletoe extracts and regards them as homeopathic drugs.
Why The Interest?
Two components of mistletoe, lectins and viscotoxins, provide the probable active ingredients for the extracts, which have been shown to kill abnormal cells in vitro, and to boost the immune system in vitro and in vivo.
Some extracts are, in fact marketed under more than one name
Viscotoxins are small proteins that appear to kill certain cells by combining with their nucleic acids whilst also stimulating the immune system. Lectins are larger and more complex molecules made of carbohydrate and protein (galactosides). They appear to be able to bind to the surface of immune cells and stimulate activity, in common with all glycoproteins. Glycoproteins improve intercellular recognition systems, activating natural killer cells/T cells and other white cells to produce interleukin 1 and 6, and also tumour killing factors. One study reviewed lectins' ability to release superoxide from certain white cells.
Does It Work?
There have been over 30 European trials on mistletoe, none without a little bit of controversy. In 1994 a review of the trials found that there was insufficient evidence to recommend the use of mistletoe extracts in the prevention of cancer.
However a recent study (Maticek; Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine May/June 2004) involving both randomised and non-randomised samples and 10,266 patients changed all that.
A continuous recruitment of patients between 1973 and 1988 in Germany for the study based at the Institute for Preventative Medicine, United Nations, Heidelberg matched people treated with Iscador and those without with strict control of age, sex, tumour type, year of diagnosis, chemotherapy etc. A further follow up in 1998 reviewed survival times.
Those who continued on a long term basis saw a doubling of survival
Both test groups showed an increased survival time of 39 per cent for those taking Iscador. Those who continued to use Iscador on a long term basis saw a doubling of survival time. By contrast, short usage times seem to provide little effect, possibly since stimulation of the immune system requires time.
Another study with patients having malignant melanoma is ongoing.
Iscador is given as subcutaneous injection 2-3 times per week. Side effect are relatively mild and include a slight irritation or reddening around the injection site. There may be a rise in patient temperature.
The use of Iscador with a variety of illnesses has been studied; from breast to brain tumours; from pancreatic to bladder illnesses, and we recommend interested parties to review the extensive research on mistletoe. The level of research and conclusions would surprise most UK oncologists.
You can buy organic Mistletoe Tincture from us.
Mistletoe is included in HerbShield
is the ‘active’ ingredient of the Indian/Asian curry spice Turmeric. To put this technically, curcumin is the principal curcuminoid in turmeric. Curcuminoids are polyphenols. Turmeric powder is ground from the root of a plant called Curcuma Longa, which is a member of the ginger family and is found throughout Southern Asia, even growing wild in the Himalayas.
This vivid yellow to brown spice was used, like many Asian spices and chillies, to hide the taste of stronger tasting meats and fish – even those that might have gone a little ‘off’ in such hot climates. Like many such spices, it also performed a necessary and functional role – it was a cleanser, a ‘bacteria-killer’ in the stomach, protecting against ‘tainted’ foods!
Curcumin first caught my attention when I read a research report on its ability to prevent the ‘crossed wires’ of Alzheimers, through blocking a certain peptide forming. Therapeutic doses seem able to prevent, and also reverse, early stages of the disease. (My father had the disease, in case you wondered!). As I started to do my homework, I found clinical trials for all manner of ‘illnesses’ from cystic fibrosis to reduction of risk in stomach and colorectal cancers.
Curcumin/turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years as a ‘cleanser of the body’. It appears to work at a number of levels:
1. It can inhibit unwanted bacterial action in the stomach and intestine:
For example (i) , University of Chicago researchers have shown it inhibits Heliobacter Pylori, a bacterium known to be responsible for stomach ulcers and some stomach cell malformation. In Ayurvedic medicine, curcumin was used in poultices for this same reason – to kill unwanted bacteria.
2. It is a significant anti-inflammatory:
Arachidonic acid is a precursor/stimulator of the production of bad eicosancids (see our reviews of omega 3 and vitamin D) and thus to inflammation, which is itself a precursor to certain cell abnormality. Curcumin has been found to inhibit several of the pre-inflammatory enzymes (e.g. COX–2 and iNOS) in vitro and in vivo with animals. Japanese research suggests it works in much the same way as salicylin. (ii)
3. It boosts crucial cellular glutathione levels:
Glutathione is a crucial intracellular antioxidant, helping the cell maintain its correct oxygen levels and ‘fight off’ the effects of stress hormones. Research has shown that curcumin can prevent the action of an enzyme that limits glutathione production.
4. It is a powerful antioxidant:
“Turmeric extract tested more potent than garlic, omega 3 and cat’s claw (devil’s claw)” said German research. (iii)
5. It can prevent cancer:
“Curcumin can suppress tumour initiation, promotion and metastasis. Extensive research over the last 50 years has indicated it can prevent cancer”. So says the mighty MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. ‘The anti-cancer potential stems from its ability to prevent a wide variety of tumour cells, down-regulate transcription factors, down-regulate enzymes such as COX-2 and other inflammatories, chemokines, cell-surface adhesion molecules, down-regulate growth factors”, etc., etc. (iv)
It’s not just MD Anderson that are fans:
Tufts have conducted research with breast abnormality patients concluding that curcumin and isoflavanoids seem to inhibit the action of environmental oestrogens. (v)
UCLA have researched its potential with colorectal carcinoma (San Diego – Chauhen).
Kentucky University researchers report on its inhibition of B lymphoma cells. (vi)
Sloan-Kettering (New York) even offered that green tea spiced with curcumin was a double anti-cancer prevention strategy!
There are a dozen or more studies where curcumin has caused cell death in rogue cells; and even more where it prevents tumours forming a blood supply.
However as always, some things seem too good to be true; and despite the euphoria of major hospitals in the USA, a few words of realism have to be added.
Firstly, much of the work uses cell cultures. Most other studies use a variety of animals. There have been human trials, even clinical trials, primarily with cervical malformed cellular lesions and with gastrointestinal rogue cells; however, these are limited. So, although the biochemical knowledge is vast, the use of oral curcumin to prevent cancer is essential to take seriously.
Next, there is a problem maintaining ‘effectiveness’ inside the cells; there are several studies that show oral consumption needs to be maintained in order to maintain blood and cellular levels. So it’s curry every day, then!
Actually, a single curry meal delivers very small amounts of active curcumin, so you would have to maintain daily consumption. Or you can supplement. (Research from Taiwan shows that even 8 gms per day for three months is ‘safe’. In one UK clinical trial a variety of doses from 0.45 to 3.6 gms per day was used with colorectal C patients, all having no adverse effects.
Curcumin supplements may be heavily contaminated – with everything from pesticides to other spices – so you must choose a reliable supplier, ideally of curcuma longa. If you are thinking of buying Curcuma Longa you might like to look at the Natural Selection Product of Choice. You can do this by clicking here.
Some supplements contain piperine, supposedly to increase bio-availability. This can interfere with certain drugs.
Curcumin can inhibit coagulation in vitro and so may be inadvisable if you are taking anti-coagulants. It might increase the risk of bleeding.
It might also be advisable not to take it if you are pregnant or lactating.
Clearly there is a huge enthusiasm, even expectation, overseas for curcumin, if not in British hospitals and oncology departments. But the real issue is can you take enough of it orally to deliver it in adequate doses to your breast or prostate cells? Certainly curcumin (curcuma longa) was seen to be an important herb in the natural and successful prevention of prostate cancer. We will just have to wait and see whether this longstanding Ayurvedic medicine will curry favour with the UK medical fraternity.
(i)Magad et al, Anticancer Res 2002. 22(6C) 4179-81
(ii)Vane: Nobel Prize 1982
(iii) J Pharmacology 2003 55; 981-6
(iv) Aggarwal et al Anticancer Res. 2003. 23; 363-98
(v) Environ Health Perspective 1998; 106. 807-12
(vi) Clin. Immun. 1999. 93; 152-61
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Neem – A Powerful Tree for All of Us
By Linda Yates, Herbalist, Kissimmee, Florida, USA
I've worked with many wonderful botanicals over the past 40 years, but seldom have I seen one with as many amazing qualities as Neem. Unfortunately, though, it's relatively unknown to the western world! I'd like to change that fact.
The more I learn about Neem, the more I am amazed. It's a tree, native to Burma, and grows widely in northern India, where its curative powers are recognized by almost everyone. In fact, some folks refer to it as "The Village Pharmacy", so wide is its sphere of action. Many parts of the tree are used - leaves, bark, roots - all with somewhat different propensities and areas of healing.
Neem is used over much of the world as an insect repellant and anti-fungal in agriculture, where its safety far surpasses any chemical products and is thus a great boon to our planet!
But its human applications are striking. Most of us have a strong disinclination to consider the idea that we harbour parasites, fungi, and all sorts of other nasty things, but that doesn't change the fact that we do. And they are causing major illness, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, strokes, immune dysfunction, and many other serious or life threatening maladies.
Neem Can and Does Help!
Therefore, it behoves all of us to explore what the Neem tree, an inexpensive, safe, beneficial, plant, can do for us! Neem trees grow along roadsides all over India and are common in many households.
Neem is a tree, native to Burma
Amazingly, the pollution of traffic doesn't seem to matter - the leaves have their own protection seemingly built in by Nature. Also, as the leaves are basically medicinal, they can be stored for a long time under low temperature conditions. Many Indian families will take five clean, washed leaves, grind them into a paste, and take them upon rising, as a preventive medicine. Amazingly, they are used very potently in the care of diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and other ailments.
WHY? Because they are anti-fungal, and a growing consensus of reports worldwide has concluded that fungi and their resulting mycotoxins are the cause of most of modern society's scourges. And why do we all have so many fungi? One major reason is our diet, which is way too high in grains, sugars, and other carbohydrates. Fungi love sugars and this fact links to many findings concerning their involvement in diabetes. Many cancers too are said to be linked with the draining presence of fungi, whose presence can be also encouraged by a variety of chemicals from antibiotics in our diets to chemotherapy treatments.
To quote the National Research Council in Washington, DC, which has released a report titled Neem: Tree for Solving Global Problems, the NRC Panel feels Neem is "one of the most promising of all plants, and the fact that it is may eventually benefit every person on this planet. Probably no other plant yields as many strange and varied products or has as many exploitable by-products."
This is exciting information, and I am happy to say that the results I've personally experienced with it are dramatic! Those who have sought it from me are also very excited with the changes they are seeing personally from its use, which include major improvement in blood sugar levels for diabetics (this is my speciality, actually), sense of wellbeing, getting rid of chronic fungal infections and major clearing up of long standing skin problems.
Probably no other plant yields as many strange and varied products
Modern science has now identified Azadirachtin as the key ingredient in Neem. I can't pronounce it, but I know it's good for me! I only market an extract of the leaves which is 100% Azadirachtin, as this is the most potent form I've found for human consumption. Neem also comes in other forms, but this is the best, easiest, and most economical for our healing purposes.
I hope I have sparked some interest in everyone about what Neem can do for all of us. It's safe, effective, easy to take, and produces wonderful changes in our bodies as we rid them of the fungi, parasites, and mycotoxins which are slowly reducing our ability to function optimally.
Neem is included in HerbShield
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Essiac - The Medicine Man's Prevention of Cancer
Essiac, which we call Cassie-ACT after Mrs Caisse (because the word Essiac is now trade marked), (ACT means Alcohol-free Concentrated Tincture), quite simply is a natural, herbal tea. Currently, it is unapproved for marketing in the United States. However the Resperin Corporation, now owners of the formula, has a special agreement with the Canadian Health and Welfare department, which permits "emergency releases of Essiac on compassionate grounds to cancer sufferers".
Well does it work, or doesn't it?!
The original formula was given to Nurse Rene Caisse by a hospital patient who claimed her cancer had been healed some 20 years before by an Ontario Indian medicine man.
Essiac quite simply is a natural, herbal tea
Caisse used the blend of herbs to treat patients for a number of years, setting up her own clinic in 1935 in Braceridge. Caisse's view was that it alleviated pain, and at the same time broke down nodular masses to form a more normal tissue. (Eventually the tumour would start to soften after an earlier hardening. Patients frequently reported a discharge of large amounts of pus and fleshy material as the tumour broke down.)
Her clinic was free, and by 1938 supporters tried to win Government approval for her work, failing in parliament by three votes. Nine doctors had petitioned the Canadian federal health department as early as 1926 asking that Caisse be allowed to test her cancer remedy on a broad scale. In their signed petition they testified that the herbal treatment reduced tumour size and increased life expectancy.
Caisse's own view was that, if it doesn't actually cure cancer, it does afford significant relief. Whilst in Canada Caisse treated her own 72 year old mother with the tea under the supervision of Dr Roscoe Graham, consultant and specialist. The tea was administered 12 times a day for 10 days, and her mother lived to 90 years of age.
By 1942, without official approval and fearing arrest, Caisse shut her clinic, although she continued to treat patients at home. In 1959 at the age of seventy she went to the Brusch Medical Centre in Massachusetts, where she treated cancer patients under the watchful eye of 18 doctors. Dr Charles Brush, who treated President Kennedy amongst other members of New England's elite, reported in 1991 that he had been taking Caisse's formula since 1984 when he himself had cancer operations.
If it doesn't actually cure cancer, it does afford significant reliefThis must be interpreted for the UK as "It doesn't actually cure cancer but can afford significant prevention," - Alan Hopking
The original herbal ingredients were:
Burdock root - A well-known blood purifier which has been reported by Hungarian and Japanese scientists to decrease cell mutation and inhibit tumours. It has a reasonably high Selenium content.
Sheep Sorrel - A traditional Indian remedy for everything from eczema to ringworm; it does have an effect in herpes, ulcers & abnormal cell development seemingly by stimulating the endocrine system.
Slippery Elm - Calcium, magnesium and vitamin rich, it has a healing effect on the lungs and internal organs. It also helps reduce acid ash in the body.
Indian Rhubarb - Very cleansing to the liver and intestinal system. It also helps transport oxygen throughout the body and has an antibiotic and anti-yeast action and reduces inflammation. In 1980 studies showed that it also had a clear anti-tumour effect.
The ingredients of Essiac Caisse-ACT, if nothing else, make it an excellent all round immune system booster and preventative tonic
Without proper clinical trials it is impossible to come to any definitive conclusion about Essiac and a degree of mythology has clouded some of the story.
What is apparent though is that the ingredients of Essiac, if nothing else, make it an excellent all round immune system booster and, whilst the specific anti-cancer claims may still need some hard supporting evidence, few people could argue with the proven track records of the ingredients. I can understand the banning of a cancer clinic without clinical trials, but hardly the banning of such a good all round cleanser and immune booster.
The medical authorities only play into the hands of the cynical and the "alternative" health brigade when they refuse to conduct full and open clinical trials to clear up the outstanding issues once and for all.
The Essiac herbs are included in HerbShield
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Noni - The Root of Life?
Morinda citrifolia, or Noni, has a knobbly fruit widespread in tropical countries from Tahiti through Asia and back to Hawaii. In the Caribbean it is called 'dog dumpling', but this sounds a lot less appetising! It can be eaten as the natural fruit but is more widely consumed in liquid form.
Noni contains a number of enzymes and alkaloids in quite large quantities. It would appear from several research studies to have four main benefits:
Firstly, it directly stimulates the immune system increasing the production of both B - and T-lymphocytes. Furthermore, Noni contains pro-Xeronine, which can be converted to Xeronine by natural enzymatic action in the body's tissues. Xeronine, produces a strong immune response as a preventive to cancer cells in laboratory experiments.
Secondly, it appears to inhibit tumour development. Research conducted by Drs. Hirazumi and Furasawa at the Department of Pharmacology in the University of Hawaii, showed conclusively that the high polysaccharide content of Noni inhibits tumours in mice. Bromelain, an alkaloid and enzyme also found in pineapples and used in some dietary cancer therapies, is found in high levels in Noni and it is known to weaken the walls of abnormal cells. The undoubted strength of Noni lies in this multi-polysaccharide, alkaloid and high phytochemical content. Dr DL. Davis, the senior science advisor to the US Public Health Service is very clear that, "phytochemicals can take tumours and diffuse them". Thirdly, Noni helps regulate cell function and cell regeneration. Dr Neil Solomon MD, PhD. conducted research with mice and showed that those fed Noni live live 123% longer than normal.
Noni is a knobbly fruit widespread in tropical countries
He believes this is due to Noni enhancing the body's natural healing processes and balancing the body's pH. Noni, in its concentrated form, provides a strong residue of alkaline ash in the body when consumed. This would serve most people well as their normal Western lifestyle and diet produces an acid body. A slightly alkaline pH is essential for the peak efficiency of the cellular biochemistry, and for the effective functioning of the immune system.
In a paper 'The Pharmacologically Active Ingredient of Noni', R.M. Heinicke of the University of Hawaii concludes that Xeronine protects and keeps the shape of protein molecules, which after passage into the cell, can be better used to make healthy tissue. Xeronine may also help protein molecules pass into cells by enlarging the membrane pores and, so the theory runs, the bigger the pores, the larger the protein molecules 'feeding' the cells and so the healthier they become. The juice must be drunk on an empty stomach as the pepsin and acid of the stomach will destroy Xeronine and pro-Xeronine. In fact, you should not eat anything for about two hours before and about half an hour after taking Noni.
Finally, Noni acts as an analgesic for headaches and as a healing agent for open wounds. Researchers in France have found that it is 75% as effective as morphine sulphate without the addictive side effects. In South East Asia, Noni is drunk to aid digestion and neutralise foreign bacteria in the stomach. And it is also used to put on cuts and wounds to speed up the healing process.
We sell the Noni Root with all its mystery and wonder deep under ground!
Noni root is included in HerbShield
Echinacea - The Immune Boosting Herb
Although Echinacea was a favourite of Native American Indians for centuries, it lost its position as an immune system booster when antibiotics came along. Originally claims were made for its excellence in aiding relief from anything from colds to preventing cancer.
Over the last twenty years it has been the Germans who have pioneered all the new research work with literally hundreds of studies. This is a very well researched herb!
The German Federal Health Agency has approved echinacea as a supportive treatment for colds and influenza, hard-to-heal skin wounds and urinary tract infections. Almost all the research uses liquid preparations or tinctures. Other research studies have noted an effect in eczema, candidiasis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.
However in 1999 a paper by M J Verhoef in Neurology volume 52, reported the successful study of echinacea in neurological disease and in brain tumours, and this led scientists to refocus their attentions to test to prevent cancer.
An excellent Immune system booster
Most common, the purple cornflower, is a native plant to America and was first officially used there in medical practice in 1887. Both the roots and the leaves have medicinal properties.
It boosts the immune system directly due to a number of active chemicals like polysaccharides, alkylamides, flavenoids, caffeic acid derivatives, polyacetylenes and essential oils. For example, arabinogalactan, is a very powerful immuno-modulating polysaccharide and is effective in activating macrophages, interleukin and interferon with an increase in T-cell activity. It can boost the immune system to attack and kill microbes, cause abnormal cell death (apoptosis) and more and more studies are showing positive effects to prevent brain tumours.
Several studies have indicated this increase in levels of interferons, whilst highlighting increases in the ingestion of foreign particles by the white cells (phagocytosis).
The University of Munich has shown that it stimulates interleukin and increases levels of white B and lymphocytes, the latter (the cells that can hunt down cancer cells) by 30 per cent.
It can also be used to reduce secondary infection during and after radio and chemotherapy.
Recommended dosage appears to vary from 900 mgs to 1200 mgs per day divided into three equal doses. No significant side effects have been reported in the German research. Echinacea tincture can be used long-term )rder on our webstore). It is also available in health shops in capsules and teas.
Known stimulant for immune system, research shows effects post orthodox treatments and with brain tumours. Although Echinacea was a favourite of Native American Indians for centuries, it lost its position as an immune system booster when antibiotics came along. Originally claims were made for its excellence in aiding relief from anything from colds to preventing cancers. Over the last twenty years it has been the Germans who have pioneered all the new research work with literally hundreds of studies. This is a very well researched herb! The German Federal Health Agency has approved echinacea as a supportive treatment for colds and influenza, hard-to-heal skin wounds and urinary tract infections. Almost all the research uses liquid preparations or tinctures. Other research studies have noted an effect in eczema, candidiasis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. However in 1999 a paper by M J Verhoef in Neurology volume 52, reported the successful study of echinacea in neurological disease and in brain tumours, and this led scientists to refocus their attentions to the preventative action of echinacea to cancers.
Also available in a 100ml 300ml 555ml and Litre sized bottles from Herbactive.co.uk
Ingredients: Organic tincture of Echinacea Root 1:5 extraction
Dosage: half to one teaspoon (2.5-5ml) or 10-20 drops, in water once or twice a day on an empty stomach
Please be clear we do not believe any of these products is a cancer cure. None of the above claims, which are taken from the packaging, have been approved by the FDA or any other equivalent national body. Please consult your practitioner before taking any supplements, or consult Alan Hopking, medical herbalist for over 35 years.
Echinacea is included in HerbShield
Specific herbs have been chosen to boost the defenses of the body as a preventative against cancer. There are many types of cancer but the herbs in these tonics traditionlly help prevent and eliminate developing rogue cells by activating each person's unique combination of defenses against cancer cells. Herbal Tonics can help to protect tissue cells against viruses, toxins, radiation and bacterial invasion. The herbs support the cells perform their normal functions. The herbs protect against the triggers (from the intake of toxic chemicals) initiated by injured cells which cause mutation of the cells resulting in cancer. Herbs in HerbShield and our other cancer-resisting (preventative) tonics have quercetin flavonoids and other powerful nutrients to resist cancer taking hold in the body. There are also herbs in these tonics acting preventatively in the body to resist the carcinogenesis stage of angiogenesis (where the tumor forms its own blood vessels) by the use of anthocyanins. There are certain herbs with specific compounds that activate the "watch-dog" genes that "turn off" cancer cells. This in itself is a good reason to take this preventative tonic. In addition, most cells have an "address" specified by adhesion proteins that "glue" cells into their proper position. For a cancer cell to spread, it must have DNA instructions that allow it to break the bonds of that glue and to make new adhesion proteins before entering other tissues. There are some herbs, for example Mistletoe (Viscum album) and foods like citrus pectin, that provide lectins, that compete with cancer's "glue" and prevent cancer cell adhesion. The modern use of herbal medicine in cancer prevention relies on painstaking research. For example, scientists have identified compounds in herbs that protect the watch-dog genes from damage. There are also herbal remedies that stimulate the immune system as preventative activators against cancer and preventing cancer cells from establishing themselves in new tissues. Herbal medicine to prevent cancer is best used as part of a holistic regime of health treatment. Herbal treatment tonics can make the taking of harsh chemotherapy or radiation therapy easier. These tonics may be used beneficially alongside conventional cancer therapy. These herbal tonics offer a measure of protection against recurrent cancers of most types; they slow the process of angiogenesis in new tumours and ideally should be used before recurrent tumours reach a detectable size. Often combining your specialist oncologist's expertise with these preventative tonics and holistic treatment can provide the greatest opportunity for remission, recovery, and future health.
Drinking smoothies will also help your condition - find out more about smoothies
One of the biggest herbs to fight cell mutation is Cannabis. This plant has been in the headlines for years (often for the wrong reason). It is an illegal herb in its original form. However, over the many years, strains of the cannabis plant have been cultivated to increase the CBD content in the bud, while at the same time diminish the strength of the THC (the illegal, psychoactive) content. This has now been achieved. It has taken over 10 years of development in the farming field. There are licensed farms in Europe and America which supply the CBD market. This plant strain is now considered a health supplement and is legal to dispense. Even some big chain health food stores in England now sell CBD oil (low strength versions). Herbactive supplies low and high strength CBD oil which you can find in the Herbactive web store. More about CBD
Uses: tumour prevention, cancer prevention, nerve diseases, all forms of pain, and many other actions. It can be used both internally and externally.
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EXTERNAL HERBS FOR CANCER PREVENTION PATIENTS
Soapwort - Pure Herbal Soap for Skin and Hair
Avoid all the chemicals, petrochemicals and animal products (tallow) found in commercial soaps and shampoos, even found in so-called 'natural' products.
Soapwort's native range extends throughout Europe to western Siberia. It grows in cool places at low or moderate elevations under hedgerows and along the shoulders of roadways. Soapwort was originally grown near woollen mills so it was handy for washing wool. Plants have also been found near the sites of old Roman baths. Flowers smell somewhat like Cloves.
The root is rich in saponins and produces a natural soapy lather in water. Not just used for making soap, the plant can also be used to make a shampoo for dry, itchy scalp - although try to avoid getting shampoo in the eyes as it can irritate them. It is the preferred washing method of those who would prevent cancer. Soapwort contains a natural fungicide.
Our SkinClear Soap is simply a mixed powder of soapwort root, comfrey, slippery elm powder, marshamallow root, oats and lavender flowers - all perfect for your skin's health and cleanliness. It is gentle on the skin, healing for skin problems and a highly effective natural cleanser - for eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections (ringworm/tinia), and general health. Place some of the powder in your hand, add a little water and wash your whole body; or you can put some of the powder in a flannel or loofah, perfect!
Then you can wash your hair with our soapwort shampoo. Made from soapwort root, yucca and lavender - nothing else - pure and simple. Yucca is known for its help in hair loss, hair thinning and baldness (including tinea or ringworm in the scalp which causes bald patches). Washes and softens your hair and cleanses your scalp; conditions and cleans - couldn't be more natural.
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General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.
Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.
Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.
A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.
A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.
Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.
The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
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