I like to share information that makes life more joyful and meaningful. My main interests are health and general wellness in body and mind.
Natural cures for cancer : Introduction
If a cancer patient is well informed and knowledgeable, he or she will definitely choose the natural cures for cancer, instead of the mainstream cancer treatment. Natural cures for cancer take the form of holistic nutritional approach. There are many natural treatments and therapies available, although none of them is approved by the mainstream medical Big Brothers for reasons better known to themselves. But that doesn’t mean that these natural cures for cancer don’t work. The most important message to all cancer patients is that they have a choice in cancer treatments, and not to succumb to the false belief that only radiation, chemotherapy and surgery may work. Everyone knows the painful and debilitating side effects of these “burn, poison, and cut” treatments.
Natural cures for cancer are usually taken in combination of the methods available. It is not advisable to just stick to only one form of natural treatment. Different patients and different types of cancer may respond to different types of natural treatments. Patients can seek out reliable experts in these alternative natural treatments and go from there to gain more confidence in these treatments.
For this article I like to share with you three types of natural cures for cancer. They are:
- Apricot seed kernels
- Papaya leaves and stalks
- Lemon grass
Natural cures for cancer : Apricot seed kernels
Apricot seed kernels are nature’s “chemotherapy”. But unlike chemotherapy, apricot seed kernels only kill the cancer cells. Apricot seed kernel is the inside substance of the apricot pit. The kernel is extracted by crushing the hard pit of the apricot. The apricot seed kernel contains a compound called amagdylin. The other names for this compound are laetrile, nitriloside, or B17.
Amagdylin is a powerful cancer fighter when used in conjunction with other appropriate natural treatments. Amagdylin contains four substances. Two are glucose; one is benzaldyhide, and one is cyanide. The trace of organic cyanide can effectively destroy cancer cells in earlier stages of the disease.
The recommended dosage per day is one pit for each 10 pounds of body weight.
This is from a first-hand information from a cancer survivor about the limitation of apricot kernel. This I quote from his blog comment:
"In today's post about apricot seeds did not work for me, I think I left out an important detail. As I said, the B17 found in the apricot seed is not effective against kidney cancer. However, apricot seeds also contains high oil and protein content which feeds the cancer. This is the damaging part. That's why taking the B17 (Laterile/Amygdalin) extract is preferred."
Papaya tree and leaf
Natural cures for cancer : Papaya leaves and stalks
Research done at Purdue University headed by Dr. Mclaughlin has found that papaya contains 50 biological active ingredients which can fight against bacteria, parasites, fungi and certain varieties of cancer cells. The vital vitamin B17 is also present in abundance in papaya. Another potent compound is acetogenin, generally found in papaya twigs. Acetogenins have been shown to have dramatic biological activity, being active against worms, viruses, fungi, and many cancer cell lines.
Dr. McLaughlin also found that papaya can fight against tumors and any type of abnormalities which involve faster than normal cell growth. Tests have also shown that papayas reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Probably, the most quoted authority on the papaya is Harold W. Tietze who wrote the book “Papaya The Medicine Tree”. In his book, Tietze wrote about the stories of many cancer survivors who successfully used the juice of the papaya leaf to cure themselves of cancer.
By the way, cancer patients who take laetrile or apricot kernel, are advised to take papaya and pineapple everyday, as their enzymes will strip away the coating on the cancer cells to enable the B17 in the kernel to attack the cancer cells.
The recipe is as follows:
- Wash and partly dry several medium-size papaya leaves.
- Cut into small pieces like cutting cabbage.
- Put them in a pot filled with 2 quarts / litres of water.
- Heat water until boil and then simmer without a lid until the water is reduced by half.
- Strain the liquid and bottle in glass containers.
- Put the liquid in the refrigerator.
(Good for three to four days; if it becomes cloudy, it should be discarded.)
The recommended dosage in the original recipe is 3 tablespoons/ 50ml three times a day.
Natural cures for cancer : Lemongrass
This information is most probably based on the well-circulated research study done in 2005 at the Ben Gurion University in Israel.
The study found that in a test tube environment, one gram of lemongrass could cause cancer cells to self-destruct, a process called “apoptosis”, while the normal cells were left unharmed. The substance responsible for this apoptosis is citral. Citral in lemongrass gives it the lemon aroma.
Recipe for lemongrass tea:
- 8 lemongrass stalks, cut off the knob at the bottom of the stalk
- Wash clean, and crush the stalks with a pestle or something heavy
- Put the stalks in a pot with 1 liter of water, and bring to boil
- Turn the flame down and simmer for 20 minutes
- Let cool and add 3 tablespoons of pure honey and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
(Drink it warm or chilled)
There are many recipes for lemongrass tea. You can follow another lemongrass tea recipe in my other article "How to make lemongrass tea".
My other articles on alternative therapies
You may also like to read my other related articles on alternative treatments and therapies for curing cancer.
Gerson Therapy (Testimonies of two cancer survivors)
The information provided in this article is sourced from the internet, from friends and contacts, and from personal experience. As I cautioned in my article, not every remedy will work on everyone. So is conventional medical treatment. It very much depends on the constituents of the person and the conditions peculiar to that person. Whatever the reasons, this article does not claim the information provided is totally accurate and reliable and will cure everyone. The purpose of this article is merely to inform visitors that there are alternative cures for all ailments.
You are therefore advised to consult your registered medical physicians as a matter of due diligence.
nspintenn on July 11, 2014:
JKMartin is correct. I have followed Dr. Jerry McLaughlin's research for many, many years. Your comments regarding paw paw are complete nonsense. Jerry's work was on the Asimina triloba, and you are attributing the benefits of it to papaya, which is not even related. Furthermore, you ascribe benefits to paw paw or acetogenins that were not claimed by him (kills fungi...really???). Jerry's work was meticulous and scientific. Your article (at least as relates to papaya) is nonsense.
JKMartin on July 22, 2013:
I would like to confirm that you actually intended to refer exclusively to the papaya plant (scientific name: carica papaya) rather than the American pawpaw (asimina triloba). The papaya is commonly called "pawpaw" is some areas, as our several other fruits, but the two are distinctly different plants. I have studied the asimina triloba (pawpaw) fairly extensively, and the carica papaya to a lesser extent. In particular the research done by Dr. Jerry Mclauglin, which you connect with carica papaya, should be connected to asimina triloba. One can find the information available at www.pawpawresearch.com
My husband is currently taking both paw paw and papaya extracts. The pawpaw is for actively fighting the cancer, while the papaya is to build blood platelets so that he can continue chemo treatments. If the two supplements are essentially interchangeable, I will look hard at discontinuing one of them. It would be a great service to me if you could double-check your sources of information and confirm that you indeed intend to refer only to papaya (carica papaya) and not American pawpaw (asimina triloba). Thank you for considering my request, and thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.
Michael Roberts from UK on February 20, 2013:
Thanks for valuable info. I knew about the apricot kernals but not the others
Alex Tessier on August 13, 2012:
In order for apricot kernels to be effective in the treatment of cancer, they must be used in adequate doses. What complicates this dosage is that we each have different capacities to process amygdalin (B17) safely. The body actually expects small quantities of dietary cyanide. Sickle cell anemia is a cyanide deficiency disease. Technically, it's a thiocyanate deficiency disease, but the body requires cyanide to produce thiocyanate. A further complication is that, there are dozens of different cultivars of apricot kernels available for purchase, all of which have drastically different concentrations of amygdalin. A comfortable dosage with one apricot kernel isn't necessarily a safe dosage with another.
Bitterness is the indicator for amygdalin content and we want the most bitter apricot kernel available. It is this kernel we want to be basing our dosages on. Apricot kernels range in amygdalin content from little more than sweet almonds all the way up to that of bitter almonds. This entire range is being marketed as "bitter apricot kernels". One end of the scale has the potential to be very effective - the other end has the potential to be detrimental. Apricot kernels are very high in fat, and if a person were using a mildly bitter kernel in massive quantities, they'd be suffering from the impact of high fat.
Finding the kernel with the highest concentration of amygdalin available to us should be the goal. Trial and error is the means.
I talk about this more on my own blog at http://apricot-kernels.blogspot.com
anne on April 13, 2012:
Thanks for sharing.:)
JOY on April 04, 2012:
I agree with you that pawpaw leaves do work.It was hard to believe it but after tring the pawpaw leaves for five weeks am now cancer free!!!
ae on March 30, 2012:
AE on March 30, 2012:
It is dangerous to broadcast to the public that these are cures for cancer. I agree with Akanga. I am all about holistic strageties to HELP PREVENT cancer, but in all actuality there are no simple cures to cancer. My mother fell for and tried every single holistic method because she absolutely hated modern medicine, but guess what, not one of them worked and she spent years trying every single "NATURAL CURE" for cancer these liars came up with. PEOPLE! This is DANGEROUS. DO NOT BELIEVE these "cure-all" lies. If you must, use the holistic means as a supplement to traditional means.
I am also curious what evidence motivates people to post this stuff. It infuriantes me.
Scot Nyman from Indonesia on December 10, 2011:
Another great hub! Thank you.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on June 06, 2011:
Thanks for the pointer. I shall try to improve on this. Some of my titles are sometimes dictacted by the strategy to attract more traffic through Search Engines.
Luis E Gonzalez from Miami, Florida on June 06, 2011:
I would write articles with more attention to titles, although your article body seems to indicate that these are treatment options, the title gives the wrong impression.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on May 20, 2011:
I can just delete your comment. If what you wrote can boost you ego, then by not deleting will serve its purpose.
Since you intend to intrude, I have pleasure to let you have another go on boosting your ego by letting you have the last word. Write all the nasty things you like fast, for I shall not give you any more chance.
However, please don't come back for I shall not waste my time to reply you.
May you have a nice day.
akanga1 on May 20, 2011:
Bruised ego eh? That doesn't bother me really. What I'm concerned about is the fact that somebody might take you on your word, waste valuable time and resources in pursuit of these 'cures' . You may gain a few adsense cents but somebody might lose their life. If you can't defend something, don't say it. It is called having a conscience.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on May 19, 2011:
I am here not to debate with you. If you find that you are not happy with my articles, please don't read them.
akanga1 on May 19, 2011:
I will declare interest up-front. I practise conventional medicine. The claims you make here are very serious. In a literal sense, they could mean the difference between life and death. Now, could you please show CREDIBLE evidence of the efficacy of your recipes/formulations?
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on May 08, 2011:
Hi easinarafat ,
Thanks for visiting and comment.
easinarafat on May 08, 2011:
This hub is very helpful,I like it, thank you
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on March 21, 2011:
Thanks for comment.
youmeget on March 21, 2011:
Excellent hub. You've said it all.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on March 02, 2011:
Thanks for reading and comment. All fruits and veges have their different benefits for us. The best is to consume a mix of all.
gajanis from Pakistan on March 02, 2011:
Very informative and useful information......indeed nature has lot to offer in terms of treatments and remedies for all diseases it's the matter of discovering them only....in addition to what you have mentioned I have also read that tomatoes, besides loads of vitamin C,are one of the richest sources of the flavenoid lycopene - which gives them their red colour - which has shown to defend, in study after study, against cancers of the lungs, cervix, prostate and mouth. Tomatoes are also one of the chief ingredients of "the Mediterranean diet", now well known for the many important health benefits it conveys.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on February 04, 2011:
Hi aunty oriole,
Thanks for visiting. Remember not to give the papaya plant too much water. The root will rot easily. This happened to my papaya plant.
aunty oriole on February 03, 2011:
Great piece of information about papaya leaves and lemon grass.Both can be easily grown in the tropical climate. Coincidently, I have planted lemon grass and papaya trees in my garden.