Cancer Plants

Annona muricata

In an 1976 plant screening program by the National Cancer Institute, graviola leaves and stem showed active cytotoxicity against cancer cells and researchers have been following up on these findings since. Much of the cancer research on graviola focuses on a novel set of phyto-chemicals called Annonaceous acetogenins. Graviola produces these natural compounds in its leaf and stem, bark, and fruit seeds.

Artemisia annua

Two bioengineering research professors at the University of Washington have rediscovered wormwood as a promising potential treatment for cancer among the ancient arts of Chinese folk medicine.

Hydrastis canadensis

The use of goldenseal was taught to early American colonists by Cherokee medicine men and women. It was used in many cancer treatments by such successful physicians as John Pattison whose work is discussed in Ingrid Naiman's book, Cancer Salves: A Botanical Approach to Treatment.

Sanguinaria Canadensis, Part I

The medicinal uses of bloodroot were learned from Native Americans living in the region of Lake Superior as well as the Cherokee further to the south. Bloodroot was prized for its root sap, an interesting exudate that remarkably resembles blood. The roots, usually used fresh, are made into washes, poultices, snuffs, dental powders, and escharotic salves.

Sanguinaria Canadensis, Part II

Tis Mal Crow says the plant comes in two colors, salmon (male) and crimson (female.) To determine the sex of the plant, you tear the leaf. It will bleed salmon or crimson and one is to match the plant to the gender of the patient.

Viscum album

Mistletoe preparations show cytotoxic properties in vitro and to some degree in vivo. It has also shown to stimulate the immune system response through an increased number of white blood cells. Both of these properties have made mistletoe a candidate for cancer and AIDS remedy research.


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