Blood Root Tincture
Bloodroot: An Ancient Remedy That Can Prevent Cancer?
Bloodroot is a humble plant that produces delicate white flowers in the spring and has also been a Native American cure-all for centuries. It is found mostly in the eastern part of the United States and can help with digestive problems, respiratory issues, and skin ailments such as skin tumors and warts. Recent research also points to the power of this unassuming plant’s root system as a source of the powerful alkaloid Sanguinarine, which has long been known as a rogue cell fighter.
Studies Prove the Cancer-Fighting Power of Sanguinarine
Hundreds of studies so far have demonstrated the connection between the plant antioxidant Sanguinarine and cancer. This suggests that this unique substance found in bloodroot may have chemotherapeutic (cancer killing) properties.
Bloodroot can “block proliferation and induce apoptosis"
According to a study published by the University of Minnesota Medical School that looked specifically at Native American healing modalities, researchers found that the Sanguinarine in bloodroot can “block proliferation and induce apoptosis (cell death) in a number of different transformed and malignant cell types.” Study researchers discovered in particular that Sanguinarine, in a dose-dependent manner, is effective on certain kinds of skin cancer even when pharmaceutical drugs are not: “Of particular interest from a chemotherapeutic standpoint, Sanguinarine suppresses the growth of squamous carcinoma cells more effectively than normal foreskin keratinocytes, and inhibits the growth of a number of multidrug resistant cell lines,” researchers noted.
White Blood Cell Proliferation (Leucaemia)
The proliferation of cancer cells in the blood is a hallmark of leukemia. Any substances that can restore apoptosis (cancer cell death) show promise for leukemia healing. A very recent study published in the May 2016 edition of the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine discovered that Sanguinarine in bloodroot can stimulate cancer cell death through the “activation of caspase cascade, DNA fragmentation and down-regulation of anti-apoptotic proteins” in laboratory leukemia cells.
To treat this condition with herbs see our Herbactive tonics for Leucaemia. Also take Black Salve Strong Internal Tonic and HerbShield. Also recommended is the ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder Plus.
A 2013 Korean study published in the journal Toxicology discovered that the same processes mentioned above − inducing of cancer cell mitochondrial dysfunction − allowed Sanguinarine to affect colorectal cancer tumor growth.
To treat this condition with herbs see our Herbactive tonics for this condition take ColitisLess Tonic. Also include Black Salve Strong Internal Tonic and HerbShield. Also recommended is the ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder Plus.
A 2011 study at the University of California, Davis, found that Sanguinarine had a marked effect on prostate cancer as well. This was mainly through its effect on the protein surviving (see more about this below).
To treat this condition with herbs see our Herbactive tonics for this condition take ProstateLess Tonic. Also include Black Salve Strong Internal Tonic and HerbShield. Also recommended is the ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder Plus.
Action effective from the very first dose
The most exciting discovery as to what Sanguinarine can do is on breast cancer cells. The same University of Minnesota study also discovered that Sanguinarine had an effect on breast cancer cells after a single application. DNA synthesis of breast cancer tumors (MCF-7) led to tumor growth inhibition. Some aspects of this inhibition remained in place for at least three days after single administering (others came back after 24 hours). The overall results lead the University of Minnesota researchers to conclude that Sanguinarine may be able to “suppress breast cancer cell proliferation for extended lengths of time.”
To treat this condition with herbs see our Herbactive tonics for this condition take BreastShield Tonic (also Essiac/Caisse-ACT has a long tradition of use for breast cancer). Also include Black Salve Strong Internal Tonic and HerbShield. Also recommended is the ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder Plus.
How Does Research Show How Sanguinarine in Bloodroot Kill Cancer Cells?
How Bloodroot acts against survivin
As researchers such as the ones above are discovering, Sanguinarine works in a variety of ways to inhibit cancer cell growth. Its one-two punch, however, is really felt in its ability to affect survivin, a protein that is specifically designed to inhibit cell death (apoptosis). When survivin is active in cancer cells, it can make them practically invincible.
That is, cancer cells enslave surviving for their own purposes, protecting the cell’s growth and multiplication, so that the cancer can proliferate and spread to other organs, and preventing them from being killed by the NK (natural killer) cells of the body’s own defence system (ANH).
Sanguinarine directly inhibits the functions of survivin in cancer cells. This involves not only creating balance within the cell but also by directly breaking down the survivin protein itself. Without survivin working in their favor, cancer cells soon become subject to the normal cycles of cell death.
Use Precaution When Considering Bloodroot
One thing is for sure about Sanguinarine found in bloodroot − it appears that a little can go a long way. Because Sanguinarine is a benzophenanthrene alkaloid, bloodroot is usually used as a topical microbial for skin rashes and lesions. It is also used in toothpastes (it helps fight gingivitis) and mouthwashes, as well as for the conditions mentioned above.
Although its cancer-killing affects occur when it is ingested, taking too much internally can lead to burning of the stomach, vomiting, vertigo, faintness, and dimness of eyesight. Because of this, never initiate your own at-home protocol with bloodroot. It should always be administered under the supervision of a qualified health care professional.
Modern science is just now discovering what native peoples right here on this continent have known for centuries. As a carefully-used topical tonic, antimicrobial, and potential cancer-fighter, bloodroot can be a powerfully healing substance.
Bloodroot is a humble plant that has also been a Native American cure-all for centuries. It can help with digestive problems, respiratory issues, and skin ailments such as skin tumors and warts.
Recent research also points to the power of the plant’s root system as a source of the powerful alkaloid Sanguinarine, which has long been known as a cancer fighter.
Researchers discovered that Sanguinarine, in a dose-dependent manner, is effective on certain kinds of skin cancer, even when pharmaceutical drugs are not.
A University of Minnesota study also discovered that Sanguinarine had an effect on breast cancer cells even after a single application.
Never initiate your own at-home protocol with bloodroot. It should always be administered under the supervision of a qualified health care professional.
Sources and References
Disruption of nucleocytoplasmic trafficking of cyclin D1 and topoisomerase II by sanguinarine
Hydrogen peroxide/Ceramide/Akt signaling axis play a critical role in the antileukemic potential of sanguinarine.
Sanguinarine induces apoptosis in human colorectal cancer HCT-116 cells through ROS-mediated Egr-1 activation and mitochondrial dysfunction
Sanguinarine induces apoptosis and inhibits growth of cancer cells
Sanguinarine Suppresses Prostate Tumor Growth and Inhibits Survivin Expression
This Article was written by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers and published on the The Truth About Cancer .com website. There are additional comments/insertions by Alan Hopking (ANH), of Herbactive Health UK. With grateful acknowledgements.
Blood Root Tincture and Ointment - click here for Black Salve
NB it is best to use bloodroot in combination with other specific herbs e.g. in Black Salve and Lotion, Wart Lotion, etc
"You supplied us with ointment and the liquid version following this email last October. The treatment was very successful; the large sarcoid dropped off within about two weeks. Quite a remarkable outcome, and we were very pleased. The sarcoid went cold (as apparently the blood supply was cut off) and a couple of days after that it came off."
"I have been using your blood root nose drops and tincture for my nasal polyps for just a few weeks and I find I can already breathe a little better. The tincture first made me feel like throwing up! But with your advice to reduce the dose I feel fine taking it. I think I'm on the way to better health!. Thank you. "
Dear Mr Hopking, we are making progress with our respective polyps [using your nasal polyps drops containing Blood Root], Chris can breathe through both nostrils now. Mucus is mostly clear or white now, occasionally he gets a bit of 'rubber' out. One of my nostrils is stil partially blocked but the swelling where the polyp sits has gone down a lot already.
I've been using your bloodroot ointment and black salve alternately on a very large mole on my inside thigh. It has taken perseverance and daily repeated application (and many calls to you for support!). The mole released a lot of gunge after 2 weeks, and now after some 8 weeks is very small in size and is on its way out; it won't be long before it has gone; new healthy skin has replaced the shrinking, dried up mole, and I'm so pleased it's almost gone. Thank you so much Alan.
In Herbactive Clinic I use Blood root extensively in my treatments for serious illnesses, also for blood conditions causing skin disease and skin lumps. It is a styptic [stops bleeding], antiseptic and shown to have some anticancer activity, as noted in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia. Like any strong herb, it needs trained hands to dispense it safely.
I make Bloodroot into an ointment either on its own or in combination with other herbs as indicated by the patient I'm treating; also used in pastes, creams and tinctures and tonics on its own or in combination with other relevant herbs. and can be used for various skin diseases, for example;
external serious growths
skin problems and hard growths
fungal growths in nails eg ringworm, etc
My Bloodroot salve or paste is a concentrate of Blood Root (Sanguinaria) with an emollient ointment base. As is my custom, I never use any chemicals, artificial dyes or harmful preservatives. My experience with this herb and combination (as Black Salve) convinces me that the herb alone is safest and works in harmony with the body with less pain that the use of chemicals mixed in reportedly inflict on the user.
We also prepare Bloodroot in a lotion to apply direct to skin conditions like athlete's foot (ringworm). A spray can also by supplied if you prefer not to touch the lesion or it is too painful to touch. These products are: Fungal-Less Tonic. Fungal Lotion. WartLess Tonc. Wart Lotion. Black Salve. Black Salve Lotion. Bloodroot Ointment. Black Salve Internal Tonic. See prices
Bloodroot ointment is prepared from the bloodroot herb. One of the most beneficial applications is its use for the treatment of skin abnormalities like warts and moles in Wart Lotion..
Bloodroot ointment is just bloodroot as an emollient ointment. Or you can ask for bloodroot in an aqueous cream or as a lotion. Black Salve on the other hand is a mixture of herbs with bloodroot, see Black Salve.
An easy and effective method of removing a skin tag with bloodroot is very simple but must be administered effectively. Place a little amount of bloodroot on the cotton-bud and carefully apply this to the skin tag, and just leave it there till it falls off, but you must reapply the paste 2-4 times daily for best results (we don't use corrosive chemicals in our products). You can also use Wart Lotion to help remove skin tags (but not on or near sensitive areas e.g. the eye).
Dear Alan, Following a long battle with a large, weeping sarcoid on a very difficult horse to treat, my vet advised me that euthanasia was to be strongly considered. The last treatment administered was a very thick, sticky cream (bloodroot and zinc based), which meant making contact with the sarcoid. Which in turn, caused pain, distressed the horse, who reacted by becoming very aggressive, dangerous and untreatable.
On contacting yourself, you were able to supply the bloodroot in spray form, which meant that we had to no longer touch the sarcoid which lessened the stress to both animal and myself.
Within a couple of months the sarcoid is about a third of the size and has dried up. My horse is back to his usual self and does not mind the spray at all. Thank you for your professional and knowledgeable service, which in fact has extended my horse's life - THANK YOU.
many many thanks
Lorraine and Thor
Bloodroot in Herbactive Tonics
Bloodroot is included in all our tonics that need to be active against threatening rogue cells and mycoplasma-type bacteria, viruses, and fungi. For instance, bloodroot will be found in HerbShield, BreastShield, Black Salve, Black Salve Strong Internal Tonic, LungShield, WhiteCell Tonic, LymphCleanse, InflammationLess, Candida Tonic, Nasal Polyps Drops, etc.
Other herbal tonics that may help
Black Salve - also see our Black Salve Strong Internal Tonic now available, see prices
ABC Daily Herbal Powder
Fungal Tonic and Lotion
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General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.
Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.
Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.
A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.
A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.
Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.
The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
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