Dandelion root for cancer treatment
In 2017, scientists discovered that dandelion root extract can be able to kill about 98% of cancer cells in approximately 48 hours. Like this discovery, there are many recent research results that indicate the effectiveness of dandelion root in the treatment of various forms of cancer.
However, while modern scientists are beginning to make this discoveries, the use of this herbal root for medicinal purposes dates as far back as many centuries when it was used in Asia and Native America as a remedy for different ailments including cancer. During those times, the dandelion root was used as in the herbal treatment of kidney and liver diseases, and especially gallbladder problems.
Nutritional and important facts about dandelion
We’ve already talked about (even though briefly) the medicinal prowess of dandelion as was used in Medieval Asia. Dandelion is rich in antioxidants that help in neutralizing the effects of free radicals in the body, which are not unrelated to cancer. Virtually every part of the dandelion plant has beneficial effects including the flower and, especially the root.
Most people see the dandelion plant as a weed, but nothing seems further from the truth. This highly-neglected plant packs a lot of essential nutrients and minerals that would make the “weed sayers” take back their word.
Other interesting facts about the dandelion root are:
Dandelions are planted during the mid-year (May to June) after previously freezing the seeds and harvested in October. After uprooting, there are several ways of drying the dandelion roots such as by using a dehydrator, or by sun-drying. Furthermore, you can make dandelion root tea by boiling ground roots in water; you can make the roots powdered by grinding in an electric coffee grinder.
Dandelion has been found to contain vitamins including vitamin K, which can help in reducing the risk of cancer. While there are not sufficient studies and research on the effectiveness of dandelion as a cure for cancer, the available ones that have been conducted suggest some positivity.
How to prepare dandelion root powder for treating/preventing cancer
If you prefer to make your own dandelion root powder than buy them, then you need to follow the steps below:
- First, collect dandelion seeds from the bottom of the mature flower crowns.
- Put the seeds in a freezer to preserve them till the next planting season (usually during spring).
- Cultivate the land in preparation for planting.
- Plant the seeds in August. To plant the seeds, broadcast the seeds on the land and use a rake to make sure they are inside the ground.
- Before they begin to bloom, uproot the seedlings (usually during April) and start transplanting. Water the transplanted seedlings and get rid of weeds.
- Dig the mature dandelion plant in October and dry them. You can sun-dry them or use an air incubator, or a dehydrator.
- Beat the roots and grind to a fine smoothness.
- When done, store in a hermetically closed container in a dry place.
Dandelion for cancer treatment: Research reports
As have already been stated, the dandelion plant possesses powerful medicinal properties that make it unsurprising as a possible cure for cancer. There have been various reports – both individual and clinically-based – which suggest the potential of different parts of the dandelion plant in combating different cancer types.
An example of clinically-based research reports is found in the report of Dr. Siyaram Pandey of the University of Windsor, Canada, which discusses the cancer-fighting capabilities of dandelion. Also, research results from other researchers at the university showed that melanoma (skin cancer), leukemia (blood cancer), and pancreatic cancer can be treated by using dandelion root extract.
Furthermore, according to a report from the University of Maryland Medical Center, it was hinted that the flower of the dandelion plant can be used in lowering the risk of cancer due to its powerful antioxidants.
All being said, let’s take a look at some of the forms of cancer that can be prevented or treated using the dandelion root.
- For skin cancer: Skin cancer or melanoma patients can also benefit from the use of dandelion roots. This is considerable a better option than chemotherapy which most melanoma patients develop a resistance to. Even better, the absence of surgery makes this remedial method safer and easier.
- Against stomach cancer: Among the different types of cancers, stomach cancer ranks as one of the most common. Dandelion root extract can be used to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the stomach without adversely affecting healthy cells. A 2017 study by some Chinese scientists showed that dandelion root extract can effectively inhibit the spread of gastric cancer cells without adversely affecting healthy non-cancerours cells.
- For treating pancreatic cancer: If stomach cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, then pancreatic cancer is dubbed as one of the most deadly. Statistics even suggest that this form of cancer a 100% mortality rate. The use of dandelion root can help to cause apoptosis, which is a way of selective cell-self-destruction. Although more research still needs to be made on the subject, current results indicate that this method of combating pancreatic cancer holds great promise.
- For colorectal cancer: This type of cancer affects the colon and rectum of the large intestine. Both in-vivo and in-vitro studies using dandelion root extract for treating colorectal cancer show that this herbal plant has potential for curing this type of cancer. In one of these studies, the administration of dandelion root extract helped in slowing down the growth of human colon xenograft models by a percentage greater than 90.
- Probable cure for bone marrow cancer: Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia is a form of cancer that is difficult to treat. There are many remedial methods of treating this form of cancer, the use of dandelion root extract has been found to be a natural and efficient treatment method. Moreover, the little or lack of toxins in the root mean that there is a low risk of intoxication.
Risks and side effects of using dandelion root
Dandelion root may not be good for everybody, and as such caution should be exercised before using it. Some of the possible side effects of dandelion are:
- Dandelion can trigger allergies in children. This is probably a good reason to avoid giving large amounts of dandelion to children.
- Lowering blood sugar: while this may seem as a benefit, hypoglycemia patients or persons on hypoglycemic medication should avoid consuming dandelion root. This is because of the fact that dandelion root can lower blood sugar.
- Intoxication: Taking dandelion root tea can be a source of oxalate intoxication due to the high-oxalate content in the herb. So, if you have a weak kidney or are suffering from a kidney disease, you should avoid this root.
- Frequent urination: Dandelion has diuretic properties that can increase the rate at which you visit the toilet. So, you may need to be prepared for these frequent visits. Apart from this, the consumption of dandelion root can lead to diarrhea, heartburn, and inflammation in the stomach.
- Possibility of worsening certain types of cancer. Some studies have hinted at the use of dandelion root extract for suppressing the growth of breast cancer cells and other hormone-sensitive cancers like prostate cancer. However, you need to be careful about this as the root can stimulate the activity of these hormones, thus, exacerbating the problem.
Despite the promising potentials of dandelion root in combating cancer, it still remains that most of the studies were conducted in the laboratories while trials on humans are yet to be made. Therefore, you need to put that at the back of your mind when you decide to go with this treatment method.
Also, don’t forget to seek professional medical advice from a doctor or oncologist to ascertain the benefit of dandelion root for your body.
Nonetheless, the cancer-fighting capabilities of this herbal plant cannot be disputed, and indicate that virtually everyone can benefit from it.