Dandelion root, a cancer cell killer, has a long history as medicine
(Natural News) The roots, leaves and flowers of the dandelion plant are a potent and healthy herbal medicine,Â although folks might thinkÂ those yellow dots popping up in their landscape are just nuisance weeds.Â Not so, as reported byÂ Reset.me, whoÂ emphasizesÂ that theÂ botanical name for dandelion â Taraxacum officinal â aptly describes itsÂ medicinal potential.Â TaraxacumÂ translatesÂ into anÂ âinflammation curative.âÂ Officinal means that the lowly dandelion isÂ revered asÂ a bona fide, official medicinal plant.Â The use of the dandelion plantÂ as a healing agentÂ âpredates written records,â butÂ it is understood that the Greeks and the Chinese used dandelion compounds to aid in digestion,Â and as aÂ liver tonic and diuretic. (RELATED: Learn more about natural remedies at Remedies.news)
Traditional herbalists, both in the East and the West,Â have utilized the properties of the dandelion for liver support and as a blood purifier. It is this blood purifying action that intrigued Canadian researchers at the University of WindsorÂ to pursue whether dandelion roots could be effective forÂ individuals suffering from end stage blood cancer.Â TheÂ team experimented by applying dandelion root extract into petri dishesÂ on âblood drawn from a leukemia patient and lab rats.âÂ They discovered thatÂ the âdandelion rootÂ extract was effective in inducing apoptosis, or cell suicide, in tumor cells, while leaving healthy cells alone.â
This remarkable outcome garnered approvalÂ to test their dandelion root protocol on thirty Canadian cancer patients. It is the first time in Canada that a natural extract has been approved for utilization in a clinical trial. The lead researcher is Dr. Siyaram Pandey, a biochemistry professor at Windsor, who discovered the power of dandelions from anÂ oncologist whose own patients had had enough chemotherapy and chose to drink dandelion tea instead â and lived!Â Â Dr. Pandey sharesÂ his unusual introduction to dandelions,Â a simple explanation of what cancer is, and someÂ of his initial thoughts about the clinical trialÂ in this TedxÂ presentation:
Each body is unique and all cancer treatment decisionsÂ areÂ personal and made only after sound deliberation. A combination of clean food, nutritional and immune building modalities â among many other alternative medicine treatments âÂ may be required to ultimately win an individualâsÂ battle against cancer.Â Yet it is generally agreed that chemotherapy is a shotgun blast of toxicity that kills cellsÂ indiscriminatelyÂ and cripples theÂ immune system. Your backyard dandelionâs roots specificallyÂ kill onlyÂ the cancerous cells and enhances the immune system.Â Dandelions are not toxic, and theyÂ alsoÂ offerÂ a bevy of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, potassium andÂ Vitamin A, K,Â B6 and B12.
Herbalists who live in America are not allowed to treat cancer patients,Â says author and internationally traveled herbalistÂ Demetria Clark, whoÂ has taught thousands through her Heart of Herbs Herbal School.Â Dandelion is used enthusiastically by Clark as a âsupportive therapyâ with whatever cancer protocolÂ her client has chosen. If a client has chosen chemotherapy, Clark says that dandelionÂ will âsupport the liver and help the body detoxify.â Â She also says that dandelion leaves put into smoothies can help with mouth sores and nausea. The dandelion canÂ boost oneâs appetite and also âget the digestive juices flowing.â Â Clark believes thatÂ the availableÂ empirical evidence clearly shows that the dandelionÂ âcan enhances the immune system and supports the liver and kidneys with no toxicity and a high amount of nutrition.âÂ She encourages children and pregnant women to use the benefits available from the simple, but profound, dandelion.
Have you ever wonderedÂ why are there so many dandelions? Perhaps nature is trying to give all of us aÂ gentle yellowÂ immune boost.
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