Over 60 Anticancer herbs –

The subject of anticancer herbs is certainly a controversial one. Opinions are polarized – with some strongly opposed to orthodox cancer treatments, and some strongly opposed to herbal medicine.

A very significant amount of scientific research has been done in the investigation of anticancer properties of various plants – however much work still needs to be done.

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The purpose of article is neither to attempt to persuade, nor to debunk – but simply to present as much good information as possible on the subject, in order that the person interested in the possibility of anticancer herbs may be assisted in “doing their homework”. See this page and link as a “starting point” for research or investigation. They have done there best to cite references found. It is written in the small print at the foot of this page in greater detail, but it is expedient to repeat it:

This page or link is not medical advice, nor is it intended to substitute for professional medical consultation.

Note – this page and link use the term “anticancer” with a broad brush; and it is the most widely-used term – however please note that the National Cancer Institute considers that the term “anticancer herb” is not accurate enough. Their definition gives three terms: cytotoxic – action against tumors in vitro (i.e. in laboratory cell cultures); anti-tumor – toxic to tumors in animals; anti-cancer – action against tumors in human trials. Ref. article on this with many more points – http://www.healthy.net/scr/article.aspx?Id=1583

Mechanisms by which herbs may fight against or have a preventative effect on cancer are varied and the science complex. Some herbs may act as “immunomodulators” – stimulating the immune system to fight against cancer cells. Others may have a direct cytotoxic action – however this does not necessarily mean they should immediately be used; as an agent that has been shown to be toxic to cancer cells may also be toxic to healthy cells. Some herbs (such as Milk thistle) have been found by studies to act selectively against cancer cells and this is considered a highly desired quality.

One of the challenges of the work against cancer is that there are so many factors which may influence it, that it becomes difficult to pin down both actual causes and beneficial agents in real life. I for one would welcome large scale “big data” type research which might more easily detect correlations between lifestyle, dietary and supplement factors with incidence of cancer. A future project for the world to consider? We now have the technology.

With the above said, on to the list of over 60 herbs and plants for which anticancer properties have been reported / claimed. This link and page has officially turned into a mammoth tome and they  have done there best to cite all references. I hope this information is of benefit to you – it was to me.

Let’s work together to fight against this tragic disease.

Aloe vera is just one example, so please go to the link below for the full 60 anticancer herbs –

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is celebrated for its varied pharmacological properties and therapeutic uses, one of which being a promising treatment for certain types of cancers. A systematic review of Aloe vera had accumulated a good amount of data from extensive literature search on dermatology studies and clinical trials and supports the use of Aloe vera as a candidate for photodynamic therapy of some kinds of cancer. [1]

Aloe vera also contains a substance known as 1,8-dihydroxy-3-[hydroxymethyl]-anthraquinone (or simply AE), which has been proven to induce cell death among T24 cells (human bladder cancer cell line). AE has notable anticancer effects and inhibits cell viability while stimulating the arrest of G2/M of the cell cycle. [2]


[1] Feily A. & Namazi M. R. (2009). Aloe vera in dermatology: a brief review. Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia, 144(1): 85-91. Retrieved 7 June 2013 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19218914

[2] Lin J. G. et al. (2006). Aloe-emodin induces apoptosis in T24 human bladder cancer cells through the p53 dependent apoptotic pathway. Journal of Urology, 175(1): 343-347. Retrieved 7 June 2013 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16406939

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2 thoughts on “Over 60 Anticancer herbs –

    • You’re very welcome, articles like this should be shared and your web site is truly amazing, I often visit you – cheers, Steve.

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