Dandelion, the cancer killer?

Dandelion, the cancer killer?

Claims in the US press that Dandelion 'kills 98% of cancer cells in 48 hours' were somewhat exaggerated, but these detracted from genuine research in vivo and in vitro on Dandelion which has genuine immune boosting, antiinflammatory and anticancer abilities.

Clinical trials coming on Dandelion root extract and cancer

Sitting here in France I can assure you that the French, when having une crise du Foie, will head for the artichoke, dandelion root and milk thistle along with lemon juice and the mineral water Hepar, which has a high magnesium content.

But over in Canada a biochemist from Windsor University in Ontario, Canada has shown that dandelion root extract (DRE) seems capable of doing a little more; namely, killing cancer cells. 

Dandelion root and flower and leaves have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries and are known for liver and kidney health and general wellbeing, even fat control. The plant has high levels of polyphenols and piolysaccharides. 

It all started because an oncologist Dr Caroline Hamm noted that cancer patients drinking dandelion tea seemed, in some cases, to be recovering. So she asked a biochemist, Siyaram Pandey, to see if there was more to this weed than meets the eye. Sure enough, in his first experiments with leukaemia cells he food that dandelion root extract caused apoptosis. The cancer cells died. Importantly, the healthy cells in the blood samples were left untouched. Then there were studies on Melanoma. 

The work was then extended to other cancers and the same results were noted. More work is now being undertaken and the research team have asked for approval to go to Phase I Clinical Trials. No herb has ever been approved for use as a cancer agent on the other side of the Atlantic. Just a few years ago the herb Feverfew beat the leading drug for leukaemia, in Clinical Trials. The FDA said they would fast track Feverfew. Nothing has been heard since. Could it be that these common herbs cannot be patented and so no money can be made from their use?

Chis Woollams, former Oxford University Biochemist and a founder of CANCERactive said, "Carolyn Hamm is rather annoyed about various Internet claims that Dandelion Root Extract is some sort of wonder cure for cancer. But then she was part of some research that claimed DRE killed 98% of cancer cells within 48 hours and talked about two leukemia patients who seemingly beat cancer by using DRE"

You can read : A review of the research, health benefits and anti-cancer studies on breast cancer, TNBC, colorectal cancer, melanoma and pancreatic can HERE. 

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April - June Cancer Watch 2012
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