20 Herbs that Fight Cancer


To help boost the chances of successfully preventing and treating cancer, consider the twenty herbs listed below, all of which have been shown to have cancer-fighting properties.

This herb is an immune system strengthener. It also helps promote natural interferon production.

Berberis Family
Herbs from this family are strong purgatives used to cleanse the body. They have been shown to be effective against ovarian cancer.

Blood Root
This herb is valued for its cancer-fighting properties. It has been shown to help shrink tumors and is useful against sarcomas.

Butcher’s Broom
This herb contains compounds called ruscogenins whose ability to shrink tumors and regulate estrogen has made it helpful in fighting breast cancer.

Cat’s Claw
Cat’s Claw boosts the immune system by promoting the function of the white blood cells and it can help reduce tumor size and minimize the side effects of chemo or radiation therapy.

Chaparral can strengthen the body’s immunity and has been shown to decrease the size of tumors and to prevent metastasis.

Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial uses have made it effective for colon cancer treatment. It also has the ability to shrink tumors by inhibiting their blood supply.

Dang Shen Root
This root is of great benefit to cancer patients. Of particular importance is its ability to stimulate the production of both white and red blood cells.

Echinacea’s immunity-boosting abilities can help treat cancer. It has been shown to be good for cancers of the brain.

Feverfew is in the process of gaining approval from the FDA as a treatment for leukemia. It was shown to be more effective than the prescription drug cytarabine.

Goldenseal can kill off the bacteria h. pylori: this bacteria is linked both to stomach ulcers and stomach cancer.

Milk Thistle
This herb protects the livers of chemotherapy patients. It has been successfully used for leukemia patients in particular.

Pau D’Arco
The bark from this tree contains quinoids, natural chemicals which help strengthen immunity. They are especially effective at treating cancers of the lymph and blood.

Red Clover
Compounds in red clover have been shown to decrease estrogenic activity in the body. They are thus useful for estrogen-driven cancers like those of the breast and prostate.

Sheep’s Sorrell
This herb is prized as a general cleanser and promoter of healthy tissue restoration. There is research to suggest that it can help nourish and heal damaged tissue.

Research has shown that this herb can be an effective treatment for cancers of the lungs and gastrointestinal tract.

Potent compounds from this herb suggest that is can, among other things, help inhibit the Tumor Necrosis Factor. This is important, since this is what can cause wasting in many cancer patients.

Thorowax has proven particularly effective in the treatment of bone cancer and has been shown to also boost the body’s ability to produce interferon.

Used throughout Asia for cancer treatment, wheatgrass purifies the blood and fights cancer by promoting oxygenation of the cells.

This herb is useful in treating one side effect of some cancer treatments: a build-up of yeast. It has been extremely useful in helping to treat this in leukemia patients.

Talk to a professional herbalist to see if any of the herbs above could be a part of your cancer-fighting program.

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Sandeep Godiyal
Sandeep has written many health field articles for both Internet and print publication. His areas of expertise including traditional medicine, alternative and naturopathic and natural treatments, wellness, medical marijuana, diets and fitness.