Just reported today, there is now some real and new hope for those who suffer from or that will suffer in the future from pancreatic cancer. And yes, the hope is based on a herb that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center have been working with a Chinese herb called “lei gong teng,” also known as thunder god vine or by its Latin name, Tripterygium wilfordii. In English, it’s name is “common broad lilly root.” Although it can be toxic, traditionally small amounts have been used to treat arthritis and other symptoms of rheumatism including swollen joints.
Studies have been ongoing in regard to the possible use of an extract of lei gong teng and thus far, results at the University of Texas indicate that when applied, it does appear to anti-inflammatory as well as immunosuppressive properties that rival the drug prednisone. It should be noted though that due to its toxicity, its not recommended that you use this herb on your own without supervision.
While the evidence for it’s ability to help with rheumatism is excellent, today even more exciting news has come out of Minnesota with the fact that researchers there were able to use a substance found within lei gong teng called triptolide, and create a drug with it that appears to kill and eliminate cancer tumours in the pancreas of mice. The results appeared to have astonished with researchers, with Ashok Saluja being reported as saying, “You could see that every day you looked at those mice, the tumour was decreasing and decreasing, and then just gone.”
Of course, it does need to be pointed out that this is not proof that it will work in humans with pancreatic cancer, however clinical trials may start within six months. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal cancers and even if caught early, today’s drugs will only add about six weeks of life.
While it is not proof that it will work in humans, there is certainly much hope that clinical trials will find a new treatment that can be used intravenously and that will cure pancreatic cancer in humans.
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