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Some Medicinal Plants Stop the Growth of Cancer Cells

Updated on March 3, 2014

Leaves and young fruit of noni tree

Tsitsirika or pink periwinkle has vinealeukoblastine that treats leukemia or blood cancer

Some medicinal plants cause mutations in cancer cells halting their growth

Cancer is a result of mutations in the DNA that were caused by free radicals and X-rays.

Cancer cells grow much faster than healthy cells. Cancer starts as a tumor in a single mitotic cell, that is a cell of a sibling; not a meiotic cell or egg or "seed" of a man. A mitotic cell duplicates itself and the added one cell means a growth. When tumor cells become malignant they escape from the matrix that confine them and spread, through the blood and lymph fluid, to other cells. This process is called metastasis. Or the malignant cells proliferate in place, called cancer in situ.

I have a Hub "How X-rays and Free Radicals in Cigarette Smoke, Not Tar, Cause Cancer and Heart Disease." This Hub elaborates the mechanism how free radicals and x-rays cause cancer and heart disease which starts with atheroma. Atheroma is a benign tumor to which gather collagen. cholesterol. other debris and calcium resulting in plaque.

One principle in halting the growth of cancer cells is to disable their ability to form proteins with which to form duplicate cells.

This occurs when a cancer cell, already a result of mutation, is further mutated. The mutations are in the form of shortening of the chromosome, breakage, thickening, or deletion. These are aberrations that occur in the chromosome whose one component is the DNA, the heredity material.

The University of the Philippines at Los Baños, located in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines has been running tests on plants with a reputation of being medicinal. This test is called karyotyping. In this method, the aberrations in the chromosome are visible through the ordinary optical microscope. Karyotyping is introduced in one laboratory exercise done by students in a Genetics course. I did this exercise in college when i took up Agriculture.

For their thesis, a requirement for graduation, some Genetics major students conduct karyotyping on some medicinal plants like periwinkle, duhat, banaba, and bitter gourd.

Periwinkle and duhat (Sysygium cumini L.) were standouts in causing aberrations in chromosomes. Periwinkle is already popular as an antidote to blood cancer (leukemia) when prepared as a concoction.

Another medicinal plant that had been tested for killing colon cancer is the noni (Morinda citrifolia L.), in the form of capsule, tea and fresh fruit juice. Concentrations of 2.5% to 5% were tried and both concentrations killed colon cancer cells. This test was done by researchers of the University of the Philippines Manila that offers courses in medicine. It manages the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) that also serves as laboratory for medical students. PGH is a medical center itself.

I have another Hub on the use of medicinal plants to treat diabetes and cancer.

A mitotic cell that had sustained mutation in its DNA accumulates more mutations to the extent that it cannot repair itself (Cummings, M. Human Heredity. 2009).. One way of self-repair is by apoptosis or programmed cell death which is normal for cells that are replaceable. Nerve cells, brain cells and cardiovascular cells are irreplaceable and therefore do not undergo apoptosis (Cranton, E. MD. Bypassing Bypass. Updated second edition. 1995).

[Leukemia can be cured by means of stem cell therapy. Cord blood, that contains stem cells, is now being used.]

Cancer cells caught in their early stages by agents that cause aberrations in their chromosomes stop growing. There is a high probability that apoptosis will be revived on them so that they may regress, that is, go away. They may be phagocytosed (or engulfed) by neighboring healthy cells. This explains some anecdotes of cancer cells being cured by medicinal plants.

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I have mentioned it somewhere else but it is worth mentioning here. Three years ago an old woman who is a family friend told me she had a malignancy in her stomach. She showed me an X-ray of it. She told me her doctor noticed that it was growing in size.

I had just discovered the potency of noni juice against tumor and cancer. I advised her to take noni juice. I delivered some two bottles to her then she herself bought bottles of the juice in a store near her home.

She has a grandson who recently became a licensed doctor of medicine. He insisted that she goes through an operation on her stomach. She did. It was found out that the malignancy turned into myoma.

I speculate that the malignancy regressed into myoma that is a non-malignant tumor. I attribute the regression to noni juice.


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  • Nadine May profile image

    Nadine May 

    3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

    Excellent article and worth sharing! I recognized both plants from the photos. Would you take these leaves and pour hot water over them like I do with my peppermint leaves, and drink it like a tea?

  • conradofontanilla profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Philippines

    I have just posted "Have Oral Stem Cell Therapy, We'll Regrow A Damaged Earlobe, Heart, Kidney, Liver." Because the adult stem cell of the same person who needs stem cell therapy is used there is no rejection. It must be insured that the stem cell for use is free from damage inflicted by free radicals and their derivatives. This method is not invasive. It costs around 400,000 pesos (41 pesos to the dollar).

  • conradofontanilla profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Philippines

    The other day, Dec. 17, 2012, I was talking with Dr. Arturo V. Estuita, MD a chelationist who also administers stem cell, oral at that. The principle is that, this oral stem cell dose signals the body's stem cells to differentiate into whatever body part that is missing or inadequate. If an earlobe had been partially torn off, the missing part will regrow. Its like a lizard whose tail that had been cut off will regrow that tail. I will write a Hub on this. It is likely that medicinal plants aside from initiating aberrations in chromosomes of cancer cells also serve as signals for stem cells.

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    Healthy Life 

    5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

    So interesting that these medicinal plants are effective in fighting cancer. I believe all these alternative approaches should be presented to cancer patients to enable them to make an informed decision. Thanks so much for sharing this information!

  • conradofontanilla profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Philippines

    GClark and Pamela,

    My knowledge on cancer fighting medicinal plants came too late for my sister-in-law. She was already at stage IV of breast cancer when I gave her bottles of noni juice. It reduced pain but too late to remedy the cancer. I think the best approach to tumor and cancer is prevention. Medicinal plants and food plants for that matter are always available and cheap. Being antioxidants they prevent tumor and cancer by satisfying the hunger for electrons of free radicals.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Cancer is such an awful disease and I think your hub is very informative. Thanks for sharing this important information in a very understandable fashion. Rated up, useful and interesting.

  • GClark profile image


    6 years ago from United States

    Voted Up on this well-written and informative article. I found this especially interesting as just completed writing a new hub on "fighting cancer with enzymes" and always welcome other info on natural cancer fighting substances. Thanks so much for sharing. GClark

  • conradofontanilla profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Philippines


    Cells are made of proteins, among others. The making of a protein is commanded by a code formed by three nucleotides in sequence found in a gene. When the normal code is disturbed by mutation, the wrong protein is made. That wrong protein can be a tumor that can graduate into a cancer. Thanks for stopping by.

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    [ Danson Wachira ] 

    6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

    This is a well written article, i didn't know proteins have such an effect on cancer cells. Voted up, useful and shared.


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