31 Powerful Medicinal Plants and Supplements for Treating and Preventing Cancer Naturally (3)
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Garlic is a delicious anti-cancer food. It is also a powerful medicinal supplement for cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, studies suggest that consuming garlic may reduce the risk of developing many kinds of cancers, especially gastrointestinal cancers, such as stomach and colon cancers, but also esophageal, pancreatic and breast cancers.
Like all of the other supplements described in this article, garlic is toxic to cancer cells, but is a great addition to any anti-cancer herbal protocol because it also strengthens the immune system. People who eat garlic have increased natural killer (NK) cell counts, which is one of the body’s front-line immune cells involved in fighting cancer. Garlic also helps your liver to detoxify and remove cancer-causing compounds, and stimulates the production of glutathione, one of your body’s most important antioxidants. A meta-analysis of combined studies on the effects of garlic on gastric cancers, published in January, 2015 revealed that consuming any amount of garlic helps to prevent all kinds of gastric cancers, although the more you take, the greater the effects.
So enjoy lots of garlic in your food, and if testing indicates, use higher amounts in supplement form as part of your anti-cancer vitamin, herb and supplement treatment regimen. Garlic is a wonderful food, and when taken in supplement form, is also safe when taken according to product guidelines. Since garlic lowers blood pressure, higher doses may be contraindicated in people with low blood pressure. See WebMD.com for further information on side effects and potential contraindications.
12. Green Tea Extract (EGCG)
Green tea contains chemicals called polyphenols, which have potent anti-cancer herbal properties. The most famous of these is called EGCG, which is a powerful free radical scavenger and anti-inflammatory agent that protects cells from DNA damage that can lead to cancer. But it also directly induces apoptosis, or cancer cell self-destruction, and stops tumor blood vessel development. EGCG’s antioxidant effects are considered by some researchers to be more powerful than those of either Vitamins E or C.
EGCG rarely causes side effects, although there have been occasional reports of indigestion and nausea with it, and rarely, liver problems, especially when it is given in higher doses. Again, see WebMD for more information on the side effects and contraindications of EGCG. Along with many of the supplements and medicinal plants for cancer listed here, you can purchase green tea extract over the counter.
Indole-3-carbinol (I3C) is a chemical that is found in cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale. As a cancer fighting supplement, it partially blocks the effects of chemicals that have xenoestrogenic effects upon the body, which can increase your risk for some types of cancers, especially reproductive cancers such as those of the breast, uterus, cervix and prostate.
You can do hormone testing to determine whether excess estrogen or xenoestrogens are playing a role in your disease or putting you at a greater risk of contracting certain types of cancer. The Estronex Profile is one test that does this, by measuring how well your body metabolizes and eliminates estrogens. If you find that you have too many “bad estrogens” in your body, you can reduce their impact by increasing your intake of vegetables that contain I3C, or by taking an over-the-counter I3C supplement, which you can get at your local health food store along with other anti-cancer medicinal plants and vitamins. I3C is a very safe supplement for cancer that causes no side effects. If you take any medications that are broken down in the liver, indole-3-carbinol may increase their breakdown rate and decrease their effectiveness, so you may want to consult with your doctor before taking it, if you also take medications.
Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory chemical that comes from the popular Asian spice turmeric, which has a number of anti-cancer properties, making it a powerful cancer fighting medicinal plant.
There are curcumin treatments available at the naturopathic health centers, and oral curcumin is recommended for patients. Most people can safely take high amounts of oral curcumin for cancer prevention along with other cancer fighting medicinal plants and vitamins, but if you or your doctor wish to incorporate it into your treatment plan, it’s best to get tested to find out what dosage would be best for you.
Curcumin isn’t contraindicated in most health conditions or situations and can be safely taken with most other anti-cancer supplements and medications. Rarely, allergic reactions may occur. If you are allergic to plants in the ginger family, or yellow food coloring, which often contains curcumin, you may want to consult with your doctor before taking it.
15. Essiac Tea
In 1922, a Canadian nurse named Rene Caisse from Ontario, Canada, learned that one of her patients had recovered from breast cancer by taking an Indian herbal tea from an Ojibwa medicine man. She apparently then used the recipe to treat her aunt’s stomach cancer and found it to be so successful that she opened a clinic and treated thousands of patients with injections and tea preparations created from the anti-cancer medicinal plants. She named the combination of the herbs Essiac, which is her last name spelled backward.
Essiac is most commonly taken as a tea or in capsules and consists of four main cancer fighting medicinal plants: burdock root, slippery elm inner bark, sheep sorrel and Indian rhubarb root, all of which have cytotoxic, or cancer-killing properties. Essiac also improves immune system function, relieves pain, restores energy, detoxifies the body, increases appetite, reduces inflammation and eliminates excess mucus in the organs – among other things.
Essiac tea has been reported in the media to be a controversial treatment, but many patients respond well to it, and it shows up often patients’ RGCC test results as an effective anti-cancer herbal agent.
You can purchase Essiac as a tea or in supplement form, for both cancer prevention and treatment purposes. However, not all brands of Essiac products are created equal, and some may be downright ineffective, so if you decide to try Essiac, purchase the tea or capsules through a reputable company which uses the original formula created by Renee Caisse in their products.
Essiac tea and supplements are generally very safe when taken according to product guidelines. Though this cancer fighting formula may be contraindicated in a few health conditions, such as kidney disease and colitis, or if you have a bowel obstruction or diarrhea. You may also want to consult with your doctor before taking Essiac if you are diabetic or on blood thinning medication.
16. Medicinal Mushrooms
Medicinal mushrooms are used worldwide to treat cancer and enhance immune system function. Shiitake, maitake, ganoderma, reishi and cordyceps are a few of the most widely used mushrooms. They have been used for millennia in parts of Asia, and are recommended to patients’ anti-cancer medicinal plants and supplements regimens. Mushrooms have immune-modulating, anti-cancer, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and liver protective properties.
It is beyond the scope of this article to describe the anti-cancer benefits of all the different types of mushrooms that are out there, but one great combination mushroom product that you can find contains 17 powerful mushroom species that have anti-cancer effects and which promote immune system health. It is a great addition to any anti-cancer protocol or cancer prevention regimen utilizing cancer fighting supplements. Other well-researched and quality mushroom products include those created by Dr. Tsu-Tsair Chi, a PhD biochemist and doctor whose formulas are used by many thousands of doctors worldwide.
Because there are such a wide variety of mushrooms on the market, each with its own unique anti-cancer benefits, it’s best to consult with your doctor and test to determine which of these might be best for your unique situation, and in what dosages.
Other Cytotoxic Nutrients
Other natural supplements and medicinal plants for cancer that are effective for treating many cancers and which are well researched for their anti-cancer benefits, include, but are not limited to:
17. Aloe vera;
19. Cat’s claw;
20. Low-dose Naltrexone;
23. Modified citrus pectin;
24. Poly MVA;
25. Rerio (Guna);
30. Tocotrienols and Vitamin E;
Ask your doctor to order an RGCC test, or do a bio-energetic test to find out whether some or any of these vitamins and medicinal plants for cancer would be beneficial for treating the particular type of cancer that you have.
"I was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer in 2001. I chose to do chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. After that, I tested negative for cancer for 11 years, and all of my labs were normal until October 2012, when I was diagnosed with a stage four breast cancer that had spread to my liver. I did a half-dose, four-month chemotherapy regimen starting in November 2012. Since I hadn’t tolerated the chemotherapy well the first time around, my doctor cut the dosage in half. In the meantime, I went to see Dr. Connealy because her therapies were completely different and non-toxic, and I knew that I had a better chance of being healed at her clinic.
Dr. Connealy encouraged me to continue chemotherapy, and gave me some immune-supportive, anti-cancer supplements to take at the same time. She did limbic stress assessment (LSA) testing and lab testing to determine which cancer fighting herbs and supplements would work best for me.
I really appreciated that she understood that I was very sensitive to both supplements and drugs, and was open to changing my regimen if some of the cancer fighting herbs and vitamins working well for me. There are so many supplements that have anti-cancer benefits and which work well synergistically, and she always had a new recommendation to help me. We used, and are still using, everything possible to beat the cancer.
I take turmeric supplements, pancreatic enzymes, quercetin, and plant-based parent essential oils (PEOs), to name a few. I drink ginger and turmeric lemonade daily. We include and rotate nearly all of the anti-cancer supplements that have anti-inflammatory and immune-building properties. Since the cancer was in my liver and has affected how well it functions, I use an anti-cancer herbal combination to help regulate my blood sugar.
Dr. Connealy had also noticed that one of my lab numbers was high, due to a parasite infection, so she referred me to a herbologist who gave me herbal tinctures to get rid of it. He mentioned that he’d never seen a breast cancer patient without parasites. Turns out, they were in my liver, so I’ve been using a tincture for several months and seem to be making great progress. I notice that I am feeling more energy and less pain in my liver.
I’ve been on Dr. Connealy’s regimen since October 2012, and since then, most of my cancer markers and lab results, including my CTCs and CSCs, and nagalase, have greatly improved. My liver used to be covered in lesions; now they are gone and everything is functioning well.
Taking supplements and herbs for cancer has been essential to my recovery, along with detoxifying my body and environment. We are surrounded by environmental toxins and are living in a veritable toxic soup, so I also do dry body brushing, laser light therapy, yoga, footbath detoxification and fasting, among other things. I eat according to my metabolic type and prepare foods according to the wisdom of Weston A. Price. I exercise regularly and develop emotional/spiritual/mental strength and stability using a variety of healing tools. Stress plays a bigger role in disease than one might think. We all need to slow down. Life is precious, and we can choose to enjoy every day. That is what will ultimately change our health."
February 23, 2018