Can Ginseng Kill Tumors?
Can Ginseng Kill Tumors?
By Dr. Blaylock
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 04:25 PMCurrent | Bio | Archive
A great number of studies have used induced tumors in living animals or implanted human tumors. These studies demonstrated the remarkable preventive effects of ginseng, as well as suppression of cancer growth, invasion, and metastasis.
In one study of human cancers, it was shown that several forms of ginseng, including white ginseng extract (Panax ginseng) and Korean red ginseng powder and extract, inhibited a number of types of cancer in people.
Tumors that were sensitive to ginseng suppression included cancers of the:
• Oral cavity
In another study, ginseng powders and extracts — but not teas, slices of ginseng root, or juices — significantly suppressed cancer development.
The greatest inhibition was caused by Korean red ginseng, which reduced cancer by 80 percent.
One of the most impressive effects of ginseng was its ability to prevent tumor invasion and metastasis, especially for melanomas and lung cancer.
In one study, Korean red ginseng inhibited metastasis from melanomas and a special type of lung cancer that is normally highly metastatic.
I noted that taking Panax ginseng orally resulted in one of its components being converted into a compound labeled M1.
One study on tumor invasion and metastasis found that the M1 product (which is generated by bacteria in the colon) powerfully inhibited metastasis of melanomas to the lungs.
The original, unmetabolized compound found in the ginseng did not inhibit metastasis.
This demonstrates that in this case taking the ginseng orally is better than getting it intravenously.
American ginseng may be superior in some ways to Panax ginseng in preventing and treating cancers.
Perhaps the most spectacular and important anticancer effect of ginseng is the ability to inhibit cancer spread, or metastasis, which is what makes cancer deadly.
One process that is related to the ability of cancer cells to spread is what is called epithelial mesenchymal transition, or EMT.
What this means is that the normal barrier to cancer cell spread is lost, which allows cancer cells to enter the lymphatic system and blood vessels.
Studies have shown that a cell-signaling factor called transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-beta1) drives EMT. Korean red ginseng powerfully inhibits TGF-beta1, thus inhibiting cancer spread.
The most spectacular cancer destruction in human studies has been achieved when multiple herbs, including several species of ginseng, were used.
Most clinical studies of ginseng have occurred in the final stages of the disease. It has been suggested that the best results are seen when ginseng is used throughout the course of the disease.
Korean red ginseng and Panax ginseng both reduce heart, kidney, and hearing nerve damage caused by chemotherapy agents, and enhance the effectiveness of those agents against cancer.
Finally, one clinical study of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer found that combining Korean red ginseng with the chemotherapy treatments significantly improved the quality of life scores, psychological status, and physical condition, and reduced the toxicity of chemotherapy.
Ginseng also lowered cancer risk in smokers.