Top 5 Medicinal Herbs for Cancer


The majority of the pharmaceutical products used today are derived from herbs used in traditional medicine. Extracts from plants have been found to significantly suppress the development of cancer cells.

Many pharmaceuticals are derived from an active component of the plant, which is isolated and replicated synthetically. However, most traditional remedies use whole plants in their natural state, which is the measure of cancer treatments produced in laboratories and used in modern medicine.


Bioactive components of ginger root received much attention, especially in clinical trials, to determine its ability to stop or prevent some specific types of cancer. The outcome of various studies showed that ginger can restrain the developments of tumors in humans, destroys diseased cells, reduce inflammation, and improve immune function. The research also showed that ginger can provide protection against colon and lung cancer. When consumed fresh, it is a natural antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral product.


Fresh garlic powder offers the best cardiovascular and anti-cancer benefits. According to population studies, high intake of garlic suppresses ovarian, colorectal, and other forms of cancers. It was discovered that after a year of regularly consuming garlic extract,  people with a history of colon polyps witnessed a decline in the size and number of tumors detected by medical professionals.

Aloe Vera

The common use of Aloe vera (cactus) is as a treatment for burns or skin irritations, but studies showed that Aloe vera can be helpful to treat certain types of cancer. Cactus has been around for decades, with the earliest known references to medical use of ancient Egyptians, which is also used for skin problems.

Aloe-emodin (AE) contains a compound called 1,8-dihydroxy-3 (hydroxymethyl) anthraquinone, which was established to cause the death of diseased human bladder cells. AE has impressive anti-cancer effects.

Aloe vera, when taken in large quantities or over a long period of time, is a potent laxative. One must be careful not to dehydrate.


Curcumin, in turmeric, is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Additionally, it contains broad anti-parasitic and antimicrobial features. Turmeric has properties to support the fight against cancer by preventing cells from dividing quickly to form tumors, and prevents the development of capillaries that feed tumors. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, kills diseased cells without damaging the healthy cells. It does this by removing the activation path of most diseases caused by inflammation, which is linked to cancer. Turmeric is effective in preventing cancer of the stomach, lung, colon, breast, and skin.

Red Clover

Red clover has a long history of treating coughs, colds, and other respiratory diseases. It purifies the blood and rids the body of kidney stones. It is one of the herbs found to have cancer-fighting properties. It is available in most health food stores, as a supplement, in the form of tablets, capsules or dye. Red clover is often sold as dried leaves, in the tea preparation, a typical daily dose is 4 grams of the herb to 30 milliliters of water. Red clover is an element in Hoxsey Herbal Treatment, which was sold during the turn of the century, as a treatment for cancer. Red clover contains phytoestrogens that can help reduce the symptoms of menopause, and many women claim to have found relief by taking this supplement.

By Azeez Stephen
Edited by Jeanette Smith


NCBI Bookshelf: Chapter 7 The Amazing and Mighty Ginger
National Cancer Institute: Garlic and Cancer Prevention
Prevention: 10 Things You Can Do With Aloe Vera

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