Published on April 26th, 2012 | by No Artificial
Dandelion Root Extract as a Potential Cancer Cure
Dandelion Tea: A New Cancer Fighter?
Approximately 7.6 million people die from cancer each year. Based on rates from 2007-2009, 1 in 2 men and women born today will be diagnosed with cancer of all types at some time during their lifetime. Researchers have been looking for the cure for cancer for many years now. Today cancer therapy commonly includes surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, all of which have their own dangers and side effects. Many people believe these treatments are even sometimes ineffective.
Then what is the alternative?
Maybe soon the research will prove that natural remedies, such as Dandelion Root Extract can do wonders against cancer.
Just recently, the researchers from University of Windsor in Canada have received funds to study how effective dandelion root extract is in fighting cancer. Siyaram Pandey, a biochemist at the University has been studying the anti-cancer potential of dandelion root extract for almost two years. She got inspired by an elderly leukemia patient case. When Windsor Regional Hospital oncologist Dr. Caroline Hamm said there wasn’t much she could do for her chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) patient after rounds of chemotherapy, the elderly woman replied she’d “take care of it herself” with some dandelion root tea, and spread the word to another patient in the waiting room.
To Dr. Hamm’s amazement, the patients’ conditions improved, and one patient is still in remission 3 years after a steady diet of dandelion tea.
Dandelion belongs to the family of Asteraceae and known formally as Taraxacum officinale. It is believed to be originated in the Central Asian region. Dandelion root as well as other plant parts contains bitter crystalline compounds Taraxacin, and an acrid resin, Taraxacerin. The root also contains inulin and levulin. All these compounds are responsible for various therapeutic properties of the herb, which is commonly used as an appetite stimulant, digestive aid, to enhance liver and gallbladder function, and as a diuretic to increase the elimination of urine.
Dandelion and Leukemia
Using dandelion tea extract to treat leukemia is not a new concept. The Journal of Ethnopharmacology published a study in January 2011 which examined the effects of dandelion root tea on leukemia cells. The study demonstrated that dandelion root tea killed leukemia cells through a process called apoptosis (programmed cell death). It is believed that dandelion root extract causes cancer cells to “commit suicide” without damaging healthy cells.
While dandelion root extracts have been documented as alternative cure for leukemia and breast cancer in traditional Native American Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), in the new study, the researchers from University of Windsor in Canada are investigating other potential areas the extract could work. So far dandelion root extract has been shown to be active against pancreatic cancer cells, colon cancer cells and melanoma (in cultures, not in patients). Hopefully in the near future dandelion root extract will be considered a new and non-toxic therapy for many different types of cancer.
Pubmed.gov. “Selective induction of apoptosis through activation of caspase-8 in human leukemia cells (Jurkat) by dandelion root extract,” P. Ovadie, et al. The Journal of Ethnopharmacology. January 2011; 133(1): 86-91. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20849941
Can dandelions kill cancer? http://www.globalnews.ca