Finally, some good news from medical science – a recent Canadian study has revealed a powerful herb which can kill cancer cells without destroying our healthy cells in only a few days! The University of Windsor examined the effects of dandelion on cancer for almost 10 years. Battling funding and other problems, they were ready to give up until one post-doctoral candidate from the team discovered something that can change cancer treatments forever.
Pamela Ovadje, the scientist in question decided to give one of the patient in the study dandelion root tea every day. After a while, the patient was feeling much better, so she wanted to have a closer look at the herb. “We never imagined something like this would happen. I thought that being so common, people would have already found out everything about dandelion ages ago,” Ovadje said.
Since the beginning of the project, the scientists used dandelion root extract against human cancer cells in vitro. The extract was put up against colon and pancreatic cancer cells, leukemia cells and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia. The extract managed to kill the cells cytotoxically, meaning without harming the healthy cells. Further studies have confirmed these findings, but the job is far from done. The scientists are hoping of finding additional funding to put the extract against other types of cancer cells and see how it works.
At the moment, they’ve been able to confirm that the extract induces apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells. There’s a lot of potential to the treatment and Ovadje and her colleagues are hoping that it can become the base for a future cancer treatment.
The extract has been approved for human trials since 2015. It’s in the first phase of research against leukemia and lymphoma and may be the most potent natural remedy against the deadly disease.