10 most touted healing plants capable of bolstering the
immune system are:
PAO PEREIRA is
a tree native to Brazil. It was Doctor Mirko Beljanski,
a former researcher at the Pasteur Institute (France),
who first discovered the therapeutic action of pao
pereira. His in vitro laboratory tests demonstrated
that pao pereira extract effectively suppressed the
proliferation of HIV, herpes viruses, cancer, and
leukemia cells. From these encouraging results, Doctor
Beljanski concluded that pao pereira could be useful
in the fight against Aids, herpes, and cancer.
In 1992, pao
pereira was tested both in vitro and in double blind trials by Professors
Jackertz and Chermann at the INSERM (Marseille), by Professor Andrieux
at the Laennec Hospital, and by Doctor Dumas at the INSERM (Paris). According
to their findings, pao pereira proved to be an effective, non-toxic medication.
Already back in 1985, Les Annales Pharmaceutiques françaises (no.
1) had published the results of an in vivo study on mice conducted at the
Faculty of Medicine and the Pharmacological Institute of Liège (Belgium),
showing pao pereira's antimitotic activity (i.e. capacity to stop cancer
cells from replicating).
In 1990/91, Professor Donnado at the Montpellier University
Hospital obtained authorization from the French Ethics
Committee on Clinical Trials to carry out human in vivo
trials with pao pereira. He administered the plant to
ten patients infected with HIV and displaying pre-Aids
In 1993, Doctor Monique Hérold, a pharmacologist
specializing in toxicology, published a report on 63
Aids patients who had undergone testing with pao pereira
over an average time-span of 29 months. The results
of both research projects showed a net increase in T4
lymphocytes, the absence of opportunistic infections,
and, in the case of Monique Hérold's results,
a much lower mortality rate than the known average mortality
Unfortunately, these two human studies were not carried
out in compliance with the generally accepted rule of
double blind trials and comparative testing with a placebo
and another medication with similar properties such
as AZT. Therefore, the results obtained are not regarded
as official scientific evidence.
is a plant occurring on the high mountain plateaux
of the Peruvian Andes. Another plant with the same
name, growing wild in Chile and Mexico but not having
the same medicinal properties, may be readily mistaken
for the Peruvian uncaria tomentosa. Between 1984 and
1989, the Peruvian surgeon and oncologist at the Rebagliati
Martin IPSS Hospital in Lima, Felipe Mirez Melgareho,
was conducting an intensive research program on uncaria
tomentosa and its therapeutic effectiveness.
On the subject of medicinal plants, Doctor Felipe Mirez Melgarejo stated
that "the use of medicinal plants and the new meaning given to nutrition
allow for a different, more positive vision of disease management. We now
have a variety of non-invasive ways likely to improve the patients' overall
Clinical trials with uncaria tomentosa showed that, in 13% of all patients,
primary tumours stabilized first. In 9%, metastasis in organ tissues stopped
developing; in 7%, metastasis in bone tissues stopped spreading; and in
3%, metastasis in skin tissue stopped growing.
Life expectancy for all patients with advanced cancer was anywhere between
18 and 24 months. Among those patients who lived up to 2 years, 78% had
malignant lymphoma; 80%, prostate cancer; 57%, leukemia; 51%, gastric cancer;
48%, ovarian cancer; 43%, rhabdomyosarcoma; 32%, cervical cancer; 23%,
lung cancer; 48%, breast cancer. Life expectancy could be extended up to
5 years for those patients who had received treatment prior to reaching
the full-blown stage of their disease. Among those, 50% had prostate cancer;
43%, rhabdomyosarcoma; 43%, leukemia; 24%, ovarian cancer; 21%, gastric
Mechanism of action:
Pharmacological studies of the chemical principle
of uncaria tomentosa revealed that the plant acts on
both the intra and extra cellular level. Uncaria tomentosa
is known to:
- fight inflammation
- stop mitosis of cancer cells (antimitotic)
- increase granulocytes and macrophages
- stop invasion of cancer cells
- inhibit proliferation of cancer cells
- enhance phagocytose of macrophages.
CLOVER is a member of the pea family. Its active
constituents are isoflavones, flavonoids, coumarin, resins,
minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium) and vitamins
(niacin, thiamine). Laboratory research has shown that red
clover is cholagogue, diuretic, antispasmodic, expectorant,
and bactericidal, supportive of the immune system, and mildly
estrogenic. Red clover has a longstanding reputation for treating
skin conditions (inflammations, rashes, psoriasis, eczema)
and is of invaluable help in respiratory problems and bladder
The Chinese prized red clover
for its ability to soothe rheumatism pains and fight cancer. Red clover
combined with chaparral has a traditional use in the United States for
staving off cancer.
Red clover is also thought
to be an excellent blood purifier.
derived from Turmeric
Numerous studies have demonstrated
that turmeric is capable of inhibiting the formation and development
of cancerous tumours. Turmeric not only restricts the growth
of existing tumours, but-according to results obtained from
research projects sponsored by the American Institute for
Cancer Research-also prevents certain cancers such as stomach,
colon, oral esophageal, breast, and skin cancer. When mice
were given chemical substances to induce stomach and colon
cancer, only the mice pre-treated with turmeric developed
smaller and less malignant tumours. Curcumin extract administered
to mice during and after exposure to carcinogens was found
to be an effective cancer-preventing agent (Handbook of Medicinal
Herbs by Leigh Broadhurst and James Duke).
is a shrub native to the Russian Far East. Its therapeutic
properties have first been studied by a number of Russians
scientists who administered the plant to members of the army.
Eleutherococcus was mainly used to protect and normalize the
body functions of patients undergoing heavy drug treatment
like chemo- and radiotherapy. It was noted that patients had
more energy and were less prone to experience the undesirable
after effects of chemotherapy. In general, recovery time was
much shorter. While carrying out clinical experiments with
Eleutherococcus, Russian doctors also discovered that this
plant was capable of inhibiting metastasis. Cancer patients
who were receiving Eleutherococcus lived much longer than
those who did not.
PERSEA is an Iranian species of the Achillea millefolium
genus. Traditional use of Achillea persea against serious
illnesses in ancient Persia attracted the attention of researchers
interested in studying this plant's therapeutic effects on
the immune system. Up to this day, Iranians still recommend
Achillea persea in the fight against cancer.
Achillea persea contains essential oils, cineol, pro-azulene,
achilleine, salicylic acid, tannins, potassium, riboflavin,
selenium, and vitamin C. Herbalists praise Achillea persea
for its anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, carminative, astringent,
antispasmodic, stomachic, and bactericidal action. Experimental
work done on mice by Canadian researchers confirmed the plant's
therapeutic importance in the treatment of some cancers. Like
its other species, Achillea persea is endowed with a wide
range of medicinal properties. It supports vein health, relieves
heavy legs, haemorrhoids and the after effects of phlebitis.
Achillea persea is used in the treatment of dysmenorrhoea
and amenorrhoea, and, thanks to its hemostatic action, it
is also used for metrorrhagia.
Recent animal experiments conducted in Canadian laboratories
have demonstrated that Achillea persea inhibits the growth
of cancerous tumours thanks to its anti-angiogenic activity.
ISOFLAVONES are natural
substances found in high concentrations in soy. Scientists
succeeded in isolating a number of active constituents that
give soybeans their tremendous biochemical energy. Among these
are genistein, daidzein, phytates, saponins, phytosterols,
phenolic acid and lecithin-all known for their ability to
inhibit proteases (protein-splitting enzymes associated with
the spreading of cancer).
Another biologically active constituent is the Bowman-Birk
inhibitor which also intervenes in preventing proteases. According
to Ann Kennedy, a scientist at the University of Pennsylvania,
research showed that the Bowman-Birk inhibitor is so potent,
it is called the "universal anti-cancer agent."
Isoflavones are of astounding therapeutic versatility. They
are highly useful in reducing blood cholesterol, regulating
hormone balance, warding off osteoporosis and preventing certain
cancers from appearing thanks to several protective mechanisms
of action, one of which is angiogenesis. The most remarkable
of all isoflavones is genistein. Researchers found that genistein
plays a crucial role in the protection against cancer, as
it is capable of deploying its therapeutic activity at almost
every stage of this disease.
The results obtained with genistein are very promising. Genistein
inhibits the manufacture of specific proteins (stress proteins)
malignant tumours need to guard them against attacks from
the immune system. A study published in 1998 in the Journal
of the National Cancer Institute suggested that genistein
would make an excellent adjuvant to chemo- and radiotherapy.
An earlier study published in 1996 demonstrated that genistein
blocks tyrosine kinase, an enzyme tumours generate to counteract
apoptosis (pre-programmed cell death), which is a mechanism
that occurs in every healthy cell to make way for fresh cells.
Genistein is not only capable of blocking proteases but also
capable of preventing the budding of new capillary blood vessels
(angiogenesis), which provide tumours with nutrients, thus
helping them to thrive. Furthermore, there is mounting evidence
that genistein slows down the development of all types of
cancer. Its ability to neutralize human hormones makes extremely
helpful in the treatment of hormone-dependent cancers like
breast cancer and cancer of the prostate (based on Jean Carper's
book Stop Aging Now).
VERA is a tropical plant well known for its laxative
and cholagogue properties. Aloe vera is also known to be a
strong healer of the skin and mucous membranes. Its main constituents
are polysaccharides, including glucomannan, anthraquinones,
glycoproteins, sterols, saponins, organic acids, and selenium.
Used externally, aloe vera heals burns, smoothes wrinkles,
and clears up a variety of skin conditions. Taken internally,
aloe vera soothes irritation of mucous membranes, helps treat
peptic ulcers and prostatitis. Aloe vera is also thought to
balance hormone functions thanks to its estrogenic and revitalizing
action (Ayurvedic medicine).
There is some reason to believe that aloe vera is also an
effective cancer-preventing agent.
TECOMA CURIALIS, also
called lapacho or ipe roxo, is a tree growing in the Amazonian
rain forest. In phytomedicine, the bark is greatly valued
for boosting the immune system. It is rich in minerals and
trace elements like calcium, cobalt, copper, iron, magnesium,
manganese, silicon, and zinc.
- 16 quinones: naphtoquinones, anthraquinones
- Flavonoids: lapachenol, quercetin, hydrobenzoic acid,
tecomin, taiguic acid, xyloidin
- encourages blood regeneration
- enhances immune system
- kills fungi, bacteria, and viruses
- removes toxins and poisonous micro-organisms
SERRATA is a plant occurring mainly in India and
China. Extensive clinical research conducted on this plant
by Dr. James Braly (Florida) confirmed that boswellia serrata
is endowed with a great number of medicinal properties. Boswellia
serrata extracts are chiefly used for their anti-arthritic
and anti-inflammatory action. Boswellia serrata also helps
remove excess fat circulating in the blood, prevents atherosclerosis,
restores liver function, eases pain (analgesic), lowers fever
(antipyretic), and kills bacteria.
The therapeutic action of resin alcohol extracts made from
boswellia serrata was tested on mice presenting induced Ehrlich
ascites and S-180 tumours. Researchers observed that cancerous
tumours receded and life expectancy increased.
TEA is the freshest, least processed type of tea
and very popular in the Far East, where it is consumed in
large amounts. Green tea is rich an antioxidants called polyphenols.
Catechin, part of the polyphenol group, has been recognized
as a potent anti-cancer agent. The most powerful of all polyphenols
yet is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), an extremely powerful
A study published in 1994 in the Journal of the National
Cancer Institute pointed out that those Japanese who regularly
drink green tea diminish their risk of developing cancer of
the esophagus by 60%. As well, Japanese smokers who drink
green tea reduce lung cancer risk by 45%. This seems to explain
why Japan has the lowest percentage of lung cancer while registering
the highest percentage of smokers in the developed world.
Polyphenols are amazing anti-cancer phytochemicals, as they
counteract this disease at all its stages, from initiation
to full-blown progression. A study at the Saitana Cancer Centre
in Japan revealed that green tea, when consumed in sufficient
amounts (at least 10 cups a day), dramatically slows down
the spreading of cancer.