ABC – Herbs and Plants Used in the Treatment of Cancer

There are many plants involved in the successful treatment of Cancer. These include plants that are used in the raw material as well as those that are incorporated in chemical drug manufacture.

Included in the long list of these herbs are some that are well known in western medicine and others that are routinely used in Asia and oriental countries. The following lists a mere selection from the ABC listing of herbs and plants used in the treatment of cancer in various countries and cultures.

Aconite is used in homoeopathic form.

Acronychia baueri, an Australian plant, attacks some types of leukemia and some tumours.

Aloe vera is used externally and internally and is a popular remedy for skin cancer.

Artemisia capillaris and other species Chinese cancer treatment.

Astragalus membranaceus the root has been found in recent research, to help the immune system and generate anti-cancer cells in the body of cancer patients.

Atropa belladonna Deadly Nightshade, used in homeopathic medicine for some cancer treatment.

Calvatia giganteum Giant Puffball, mushroom produces calvacin a proven anti-tumour agent, effective against 14 types of cancer in animals.

Calaguala Fern found a promising cancer remedy at the University of Honduras.

Camptocheca acuminata a Chinese tree proven to be effective against leukemia.

Carica papaya latex of the green fruit is applied to skin cancers.

Castanospermum australe an Australian tree with seeds effective in some cancer treatment.

Catharanthus roseus is the source of medicine for leukemia.

Ceanothus americana used in skin cancer treatment of the Cherokee.

Chaga inonotus is for cancer and TB of bones.

Chelidonium majus is used to treat liver cancer in conjunction with Folic Acid and vitamin therapy. It is helpful in prevention of and even in reducing cancerous conditions.

Cocaine, Erythroxylum coca and Hemlock, Conium maculatum are both used in easing advanced cancer pain and to ease terminal conditions.

There is a vast store of information about healing with herbal substances . We have the applications known to indigenous communities who rely upon native herbs and medicines. We draw upon the experience of the centuries in European and Asian culture and medicine.

Added to this is the vast extent of modern medical research into drugs and substances that will cure cancer, yet cancer remains a problem area regarding suitable treatment.

Because many of the effective cancer herbs are also highly toxic plants of varying degrees there is a necessary caution that only experienced herbalists and homeopaths should be consulted should we seek an alternative to conventional chemotherapy and surgical methods.

In spite of the negative responses in regard to cancer, it is good to recall that the general natural principles apply to all disease and be encouraged by the reminder of the power of healing that is inherent in us.

“The body’s natural defence mechanisms are just as capable of destroying cancer cells as they are of dealing with bacterial infections, and effective treatment of cancers should take account of that potential.” Medical Correspondent of The Times.