My good friend and myeloma patient columnist on MultipleMyelomaBlog.com, Danny Parker, sent me a link to this British article this morning.  Give it a read and see what you think:

The cup of herbal tea that could help fight breast cancer: Plant extract can kill cells in test tube

Jenny Hope – UK Mail Online – August 18, 2012

A traditional herbal tea may hold the key to fighting breast cancer, claim scientists.

Extracts from the plant known as virgin’s mantle, which is used as a medicinal tea in some countries, can kill cancerous cells in the test tube.

The plant-based tea is already drunk by women in rural Pakistan who have breast cancer, but until now its use as a treatment has been regarded as folklore.

Research by scientists at Aston University, Birmingham, and Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, suggests it contains potent anti-cancer agents that act singly or in combination against the proliferation of cancer cells.

Laboratory tests showed they arrested the growth of cells within five hours of application and caused them to die within 24 hours.

The plant, which has the botanical name Fagonia cretica, is found in arid, desert regions of Pakistan, India, Africa and parts of Europe.

Professor Helen Griffiths and Professor Amtul R Carmichael, who headed the study, found herbal tea made from the extract of the plant destroys cancer cells but, unlike conventional chemotherapy, treatment does not damage normal breast cells, thus reducing side effects.

Reports from breast cancer sufferers in Pakistan suggest the plant extract does not trigger any serious side effects such as loss of hair, drop in blood count or diarrhea.

The research, published in the science journal PloS One, found the plant extract had a novel mechanism which could remedy defects in cell DNA that would normally resist tumor growth.

An impaired DNA response not only allows the cancer to flourish, it also inhibits the way chemotherapy works which reduces its effectiveness.

Professor Carmichael said a small hospital 100 miles north of Lahore in Pakistan started using the herbal tea 40 years ago to treat breast cancer patients.

The plant-based tea is already drunk by women in rural Pakistan who have breast cancer, but until now its use as a treatment has been regarded as folklore…

She said: ‘It appears to keep them in remission, although we can’t use the word cure at this stage.

‘However, they live for a long time without losing their hair or putting on a large amount of weight, or experiencing other toxic side effects associated with chemotherapy, so we are confident this extract has something to contribute.’

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Why not?  Any excuse to bring-back teatime, right!
Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

4 thoughts on “Virgin’s Mantle plant extract found to hold mysterious “anti-cancer agents”

  1. Is it a sure sort for cure of breast cancer? and does this plant help in curing cancer in other parts of body?
    A very early reply will be highly appreciated
    Thank you
    Meera

    1. Looks great in the lab. Small hospital example is anecdotal. As far as I know, no real proof that it “cures” breast, or any other type of cancer. I’m thinking it is a lot like curcumin. Anti-cancer properties that might help slow cancer down if you take enough. Certainly shouldn’t hurt to drink a lot of this tea–while undergoing conventional treatment. Instead of “alternative medicine,” this is termed “complimentary medicine.”

  2. FAGONIA CRETICA IS USEFUL IN FOLLOWING CASES RELATED TO BREAST CANCER –

    CASE 1) Patients who have Tumour inside the Breast or if there is metastasis and are taking some Medications like undergoing Chemotherapy etc. – IN SUCH CASES FAGONIA CRETICA SHALL HELP IN ENABLING THE REMISSION PROCESS

    CASE 2) Patients who have undergone complete Mastectomy – IN SUCH CASES FAGONIA CRETICA SHALL PREVENT THE RE-OCCURRENCE OF CANCER

    CASE 3) Patient belongs to a High Risk category due to BRCA Gene involvement and can Take Fagonia cretica Tea as a preventative medicine because it shall prevent the malfunctioning in the cells and thus PREVENT THEM FROM BECOMING CANCEROUS.

    Click here to read the Research on CYTOTOXIC AND ANTITUMOUR POTENTIAL OF Fagonia cretica which shall be very helpful for all the patients of Breast Cancer :

    Dose & Duration of Fagonia cretica Tea :

    The Medicine is recommended for a period of 6 Months for the patients of Breast Cancer as per Ayurveda Literature.

    » METHOD OF INTAKE of Fagonia cretica Tea / Virgin’s Mantle Tea

    10 Gms is the Daily Dose of Fagonia cretica tea to be taken as follows –
    In the Morning on Empty Stomach around 7 AM –
    There is a common plant found in every Indian household with the Scientific name as Ocimum sanctum and its Indian name is “TULSI” or english name is HOLY BASIL. Take 6 fresh leaves of this Plant and chew them. If you do chew TULSI as described above and do it daily with sincerity, certainly patients of Breast Cancer are blessed with Good Health soon. After chewing wait for 15 minutes and then start drinking the Tea. If leaves of Holy Basil are available then its really very good and if not available, then Fagonia cretica Tea needs to be taken as such.
    But dont chew any leaves of Holy Basil on any Sundays. Because as per Ayurveda, plucking of Holy Basil Leaves on Sundays is considered as inauspicious.

    How to prepare Fagonia cretica Tea
    1) Take 4 cups of water and pour in a vessel.
    2) Take 10 Gms of fagonia cretica tea (3 tea spoon) and pour inside 4 cups of water. Cut a Lemon into 2 pieces and add half cut lemon inside this mixture.
    3) Heat up the vessel on a simmer for about 30 minutes till 2 cups shall remain
    4) Let the solution cool off to a suitable temperature and then drink slowly (after filtering).
    5) Breakfast can be taken 15 Minutes after taking the tea.

    1. Not sure what this has to do with a Virgil Mantle plant. All long-established blogs get lots of spam-type comments. Most are picked-up by filter. Some I need to delete or label as “spam.” Not sure what to do in this case. Fascinating instructions that are cancer related. I don’t want to be narrow and sensor something just because its strange or out of the mainstream. How or why it ended-up here I have no idea…

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