Israeli research finds lemongrass kills cancerBy Jim ChowLemongrass, the herb commonly used in asian cuisine, has been found to have anticancer properties by researchers at Ben Gurion University [BGU] of the Negev inIsrael. Specifically, citral, a main component that gives lemongrass its uniquescent, was linked to cancer cell apoptosis or 'cell suicide' while leaving healthycells alone.Scientists Dr. Rivka Ofir and Prof. Yakov Weinstein, of the Albert Katz Chair inCell-Differentiation and Malignant Diseases, Department of Microbiology andImmunology at BGU headed the research team.An amount of citral found in one gram of lemongrass [Cymbopogon citratus] steepedin a tea cup of hot water was added to petri dishes with cancerous and healthycells. The healthy cells were unharmed while the cancerous ones died. Citral isalso present in melissa [Melissa officinalis] and verbena [Verbena officinalis.]The findings were published in Planta Medica, a scientific journal on alternativeand herbal remedies. Why citral causes cancer cell suicide is not known. Cancer isa result of damaged cells gone awry, dividing at a rapid rate. Normally defectivecells die on their own. Perhaps citral resets the defective cell so that it candie.How is the lemongrass taken?Israeli doctors recommend 8 glasses of lemongrass tea on the days cancer patientswere treated with radiation and chemotherapy.Steeped tea, may be one way to receive citral, but if you consider that plantextracts, also known as essential oils, are heat sensitive and can be damaged byhigh temperatures and being volatile, will have a portion evaporated. Another wayis to eat the lemongrass extract either with food or in a capsule and swallowed.Topical application will have the lemongrass penetrate the skin. It can also bemassaged in with carrier oil such as sesame oil. A very radical approach would beto inject the oil but this should not be done without knowledge and experience. Infact, I only mention it for academic discussion and do not recommend you attemptit.Is lemongrass effective in fighting cancer?Lab results and actual effects on humans are two different things. There are nohuman studies and probably won't be because this is a natural non patentableplant.What else to consider before using lemongrass?Cancer is a complex set of symptoms and it is not simple to change. Using only onemethod to solve it, is to believe in the Magic Bullet Theory. Some people believein using this one thing, whatever it is - a practice, product - will cure thepatient. No doubt there are stories of many things changing the cancer situation.The question is, will it change your condition? I choose to believe the Buy-DownProtocol more. The Buy-Down Protocol looks at many things that touch and caninfluence the human being and its health state. By having more things in alignmentwith the human, I believe your chances for success will be greater.Having said that, the Buy-Down Protocol will not discount the Magic Bullet,perhaps another way to see this is the Buy-Down Protocol is many magic bullets.Where to get lemongrass?If you do want lemongrass, I have what I believe to be the best therapeutic sourcemade to the highest quality for healing properties. I also have melissa andsandalwood, another plant extract with anti cancer properties.