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9 Chinese Herbs that May Beat Cancer

What if the cancer treatments doctors prescribed more than 2,000 years ago work
better than today’s drugs – with few or no side effects?

What if your doctor saw the patient’s cancer as the “uppermost branch” rather than
the “root” of the problem?

And best of all: What if this ancient treatment could improve your odds of survival
by 70 percent? Keep reading. . .

Chinese doctors may use about 133 different herbs to treat lung cancer. These herbs
decrease cancer symptoms in 85 out of a hundred patients.

What’s the biggest symptom they help erase? Pain!

In addition, the right selection of Chinese herbs can reduce tumor size by 38
percent, improve quality of life, and prevent relapse.

Here are nine of the herbs Chinese doctors most commonly use to heal lung cancer.
Many are beneficial against other cancers too.

1. Astragalus

One of the most widely used herbs in traditional Chinese medicine, astragalus root
boosts your immune system and helps prevent infection.

In the cancer world, it stops tumor growth, thwarts tumor spreading, and reduces
the immune-suppressing side effects of chemotherapy. Astragalus increases your T-cell
levels – and they in turn kill cancer cells.

Astragalus improves quality of life for people with non-small cell lung cancer. It
enhances the effects of platinum-based chemotherapy treatments, such as cisplatin, by
counteracting the damage to the immune system caused by chemo, according to
research by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. For the best results, the
patients in the study took astragalus while receiving chemotherapy.

In addition to killing cancer cells and reducing the toxic effects of chemotherapy,
astragalus protects your kidneys and lungs from autoantibody attacks.

It also heals burns, protects from heart disease, fights the common cold, increases
stamina, and lowers blood pressure. As an adaptogen, it increases your general
resistance to stress and disease.

2. Nan Sha Shen


This root (also known as American silvertop root) acts as an antibiotic. Doctors
often prescribe it to help heal a dry cough that involves only a little phlegm.

Nan sha shen’s healing powers also help cancer patients.

The herb reduces cancer-promoting compounds. When injected, it reduces


inflammation and vascular permeability, making it harder for cancer-promoting
compounds to grow and expand.

3. Gan Cao

Gan cao (licorice root) acts as an expectorant, accelerating mucus secretion. It helps
relieve coughs and shortness of breath. This is of particular benefit to lung cancer
patients.

Several components in gan cao – Licochalcone-A, glabridin, and licocoumarone –


stop cancer growth and kill breast cancer cells, prostate cancer cells, and leukemia cells.

Overall, the herb helps cleanse and refresh your body to keep you younger and
healthier.

Traditional Chinese medicine doctors often prescribe gan cao in combination with
other herbs. Gan cao aids their absorption and increases their effectiveness.

4. Poria

Poria is a medicinal mushroom that helps heal many ailments. It’s a natural anti-
inflammatory useful for edema – fluid buildup under the skin.

The herb (also known as fu ling) balances electrolytes, energizes your spleen,
reduces phlegm, and helps insomnia patients sleep better. It is an antibacterial that can
also lower your blood sugar.

Plus, it helps fight cancer by:

1. Down regulating nuclear factor-kappa B activity


2. Preventing new blood vessels from growing
3. Killing cancer cells outright

5. Oldenlandia diffusa

Oldenlandia diffusa helps you eliminate toxins.


Known as snake-needle grass in the U.S., this herb stops cancer cells from growing
and increases the natural death rate of cancer cells. It stimulates your immune system
to kill or overwhelm tumor cells – without killing normal cells.

One study found that Oldenlandia diffusa prevents inflammation by reducing the
body’s production of three commonly over-expressed cancer compounds – tumor
necrosis factor alpha, interleukin-6, and prostaglandin-2.

Oldenlandia diffusa is also said to treat hepatitis, snakebites, arthritis, and liver and
stomach cancers.

6. Asparagus root

Like Oldenlandia diffusa, asparagus root acts as an anti-inflammatory and prevents


the production of tumor necrosis factor alpha.

Even though scientists have conducted only animal studies on asparagus root, they
believe the evidence and data collected show that this plant remedy effectively fights
lung cancer and leukemia.

The herb is also useful for constipation, coughs, and hepatitis.

7. Huang Qin

Also known as Baikal skullcap or Chinese skullcap, this Chinese herb prevents
secondary tumors from forming in lung cancer patients.

Huang qin (scientific name Scutellaria baicalensis) kills human lung cancer cells
without damaging healthy cells. A component named wogonin triggers cancer cell
death while leaving healthy cells undamaged.

Huang qin prevents tumor cell reproduction, especially for A549 cells. In this way, it
stops tumor growth and can dissolve tumors completely. The herb also decreases
inflammation.

Besides helping lung cancer patients, huang qin also treats digestive system
cancers, liver cancer, breast cancer, and chorioepithelioma (a malignant fast-growing
tumor that forms from trophoblastic cells, the cells that help an embryo attach to the
uterus and help form the placenta).

8. Sea Cucumber
Sea cucumber extract kills cancer cells and prevents tumor growth.

A compound found in sea cucumber fights against multiple types of cancer,


including lung, pancreatic, prostate, colon, breast, skin, and liver cancers, leukemia,
and glioblastoma.

Sea cucumber prevents angiogenesis – the process in which tumors grow new blood
vessels that enable them to access food for growth.

More than just preventing growth, sea cucumber kills cancer cells outright.
According to studies, the compound Frondoside A kills 85 to 88 percent of three
different types of lung cancer cells. It also kills 95 percent of breast cancer cells, 90
percent of melanoma cells, and 95 percent of liver cancer cells.

In addition to killing these harmful cells directly, Frondoside A activates your


immune system so your body can fight back against the cancer naturally.

9. Green Tea

Green tea extract is a potent antioxidant. It starves tumors by preventing new blood
vessels from growing. This starving action targets cancer cells without hurting healthy
cells.

Green tea contains a polyphenol named EGCG that prevents tumor growth. Studies
demonstrate its benefits for breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers.

Other polyphenols found in green tea lower cholesterol, fight free radicals in your
body, protect your brain from dementia, lower your risk of diabetes and heart attacks,
and slim you down.

One of green tea’s lesser known benefits is its ability to kill bacteria and inhibit
viruses, thereby lowering your risk of infections.

In a study of more than 40,000 Japanese adults, those who drank five or more cups
per day reduced death from all causes by 23% in women and 12% in men. For risk of
death from stroke, the results are even better – 42% reduction in women and 35%
lower in men.
Chinese herbs part of a larger system

Herbal medicine is one of the most common alternative therapies used by cancer
patients. Doctors who use Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) do not use these herbs
in isolation, though.

Instead, TCM doctors most often use these herbs in combination with each other.
Although there are more than 3,000 different medicinal herbs in TCM, 300 to 500 are
commonly used. Nearly all Chinese herbal formulas I’ve seen contain a long list of
ingredients, many of them unknown to me. The formulas tend to be complicated.

They try to address three main functions in TCM:

1. Treat acute diseases and conditions


2. Heal chronic conditions
3. Maintain daily health and wellness through balance in the body

As part of a program of total healing, TCM herbs are also combined with
acupuncture, massage therapy, and breathing and movement exercises (such as qi
gong or tai chi). By using these treatments, doctors aim to restore your qi (pronounced
“chee”). Your qi is your body’s flow of energy.

In the Chinese way of looking at things, good health requires good qi.

I don’t recommend self-medicating with Chinese herbs because there are so many
choices and combinations, and so many questions about where the herbs come from
and how they were grown. If you want to try this type of medicine, it’s best to seek out
a trusted practitioner.