Herbs Used in the Treatment of Cancer

Individuals suffering from any disease or illness should consult with a physician or health care professional. One must always assess the treatment and side effects of any herb used in the treatment of cancer.


Cancer cells




Ginger root was recently the subject of a startling new research report presented at The American Association for Cancer research conference in Phoenix. In the study, ginger actually suppressed cancer cells suggesting that the herb was proven effective in the death of the cancer cells. Ginger has been shown to work in cases involving breast, skin, and colon cancers.

Additional studies have revealed ginger is also effective in cleansing the system of toxins.

Turkey Tail Mushroom:

Coriolis versicolor, the common, has over 400 published studies including several long term human clinical trials confirming its cancer killing, anti-metastatic, and immune enhancing effects. (1-9) It is referred to as a Biological Response Modifier as it improves the patients own anti-tumor response (10). Researchers at the St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco reviewed several randomized clinical trials and agreed with the Japanese Ministry of Health that this common mushroom significantly improves survival rates and lifespan for gastric, esophageal, colorectal, breast and lung cancers (9).

These are herbs which dissolve and remove tumors and abnormal growths. They can be used as poultices, fomentations, and/ or taken internally.



Burdock root

Red clover tops


The ideal anti-cancer formula should purify the blood, in order to help rid the body of toxins, in general, and also portions of the cancer tissue as it is being absorbed into the blood stream. Here are herbs, in the above list, which do this:

ALTERATIVES—These are herbs which purify the blood. They usually do this by cleaning out the spleen, liver, kidneys, and bowels. As a rule, these herbs are best used for a lengthy period of time, so that the detoxification will not occur too rapidly and overwhelm the body’s abilities to discharge those toxins. Of course, nutrition must be corrected at the same time that alternative herbs are taken. Barberry                 Goldenseal Burdock root         Gotu kola Cayenne                 Licorice root Chaparral             Oregon grape root Chickweed             Poke root Cleavers                 Prickley ash Comfrey                 Red clover tops Dandelion                 Rhubarb Echinacea                 Sassafras Garlic                         Yellow dock Ginseng

It is of interest that, in the above listings, certain herbs, known to have anti-cancer properties, are
continually repeated. They are:
Burdock root
Barberry (11)

Some herbs and plants with possible cancer-treatment benefits.:

Boswellia serrata (frankincense) Reduces inflammation

What it is being studied for: To reduce tumor growth and brain swelling in patients with gliomas

Nerium oleander (rose laurel)

Reduces inflammation and modulates the immune system

What it is being studied for: To use with chemotherapy drugs to treat advanced non-small-cell lung cancer

Licocholachone-A, extracted from licorice root, showed significant anti-tumor  activity against prostate cancer cells in the laboratory by inhibiting the  progression of cell cycle and by inducing apoptosis, or programmed cell death,  of the cancer cells, according to a study published in the September 2004 issue  of the journal “Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.” Another  study published in the September 2009 issue of the “Journal of Agricultural and  Food Chemistry” also states that licorice and licocholachone-A can induce  apoptosis and autophagous, or destruction of cell’s own components using  lysozyme enzymes. The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center also states that  PC-SPES, a herbal preparation containing licorice root and other herbs, has  shown positive results in prostate cancer patients. The American Cancer Society,  however, states that although PC-SPES has been tested in prostate cancer  patients, it is not clear if the licorice component specifically plays a role in  the treatment.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/519154-licorice-root-prostate-cancer/#ixzz26a0ERgU1

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1.Torisu M., Hayashi Y., Ishimitsu T., Fujimura T., Iwasaki K., Katano M., Yamamoto H., Kimura Y., Takesue M., Kondo M., and Nomoto K. Significant prolongation of disease-free period gained by oral polysaccharide K (PSK) administration after curative surgical operation of colon cancer. Cancer Immunology Immunotherapy, 31:261-268 (1990).

2.Hayakawa K., Mitsuhashi N., Saito Y., Takahashi M., Katano S., Shiojima K., Furuta M., and Niibe H. Effect of Krestin (PSK) as adjuvant treatment on the prognosis after radical radiotherapy in patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Anticancer Research, 13:1815-1820 (1993).

3. Ilino Y., Yokoe T., Maemura M., Horiguchi J., Takei H., Ohwada S., and Morishita Y. Immunochemotherapies versus chemotherapy as adjuvant treatment after curative resection of operable breast cancer. Anticancer Research 15:2907-2912 (1995).

4.Nagao T., Komatsuda M.., Yamauchi K.., Nozaki H.., Watanabe K.., Arimori S. Chemoimmunotherapy with Krestin (Coriolus)in Acute Leukemia. Tokai J Exp Med., Vol. 6. No. 2, pp.141-146, 1981.

5.Nakazato H., Koike A., Saji S. et al. Efficacy of immunochemotherapy as adjuvant treatment after curative resection of gastric cancer. Lancet, 343-1122-1126 (1994).

6. Hu, Y., et al . Pharamacological Studies of the Effects of PSP on Analgetic Action and Appetite Improvenent. PSP International Symposium, 125-131 (1993).

7. Yang, M., et al .The Anti-tumorous Function and Clinical Significance of Yun Zhi Essence. PSP International Symposium, 221-223 (1993).

8. Yang, Q., et al .The Comparative Analysis of the Extracts of the Mycelia and the Fruitbodies of Yun Zhi (Coriolus versicolor). PSP International Symposium, 41-55 (1993).

9) Anticancer Res. 2002 May-Jun;22(3):1737-54

10) Lin HL, et al. Up-regulation of multidrug resistance transporter expression by berberine in human and murine hepatoma cells. Cancer 1999;85:1937-42

11) http://www.whale.to/w/orthodox_herbs.html

12) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19711916




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