The Power of Dandelion Root
PART 1No matter where you are in the world, think about a beautiful summer meadow. What is one of the first flowers that will come to mind? Is it the dandelion?
Dandelions are a flowering plant that is found across the globe, fast growing and rather pretty, they are a sign that summer is on its way.
Not only this but dandelions are also much loved thanks to their healing properties. Both the root and the leaves of the plant are used medicinally.
What makes the root so good for you?
The root of the dandelion plant is absolutely packed full of things that are great for your body. It contains high levels of magnesium, iron, sulphur, potassium, calcium, silica, chlorophyll. Not only this it also contains inulin and mucilage, both of which are known to improve the functionality of the digestive system and cleanse the liver.
These facts have been known for years, but it seems that new studies are showing exciting facts about dandelion root and what it can mean for your health.
Dandelion Root and Leukaemia
Some recent research into Leukaemia has shown that dandelion root kills up to 98% of the affected cells in just 48 hours.
Carried out at the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre in Ontario, Canada; Dr Carolyn Hamm has explained that the extract taken from the dandelion root appears to be the only thing helping with chronic melanocytic leukaemia.
A particular example of this was found in a patient called John Di Carlo. John was sent home to spend “his last days” after unsuccessful treatment for his aggressive leukaemia. During his last days he was advised to try drinking tea made using a dandelion root.
Fast forward four months and this same patient was in remission; his success being attributed to drinking dandelion tea.
Dandelion Root Tea and other diseases
Taking this one step further, eminent herbalist Maria Treben states that drinking dandelion root tea can be helpful for a variety of other diseases; even helping with different types of cancer.
With this in mind there have been a variety of studies carried out on how dandelion root extract can act incredibly fast on cancerous cells. It is believed that this extract can disintegrate cells within 48 hours, during which time new and healthy cells are made and not affected.
Cancer and Dandelion Root Extract
There are a variety of cancers that studies have found dandelion root extract can have anticancer activity against. Prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, liver cancer and even lung cancer too. It is not shown to have as high an impact on skin cancer and brain cancer however.
How does it help treat cancer?
You might wonder how dandelion root can help with these cancers; it is simply down to how it interacts with the immune system.
The immune system is responsible for controlling cancer cells with in the body. If you have a healthy immune system, then cancer shouldn’t appear. In comparison, a compromised immune system will result in the body losing control of these cells and them appearing throughout the body in the form of cancer.
Traditional treatments for cancer include chemotherapy and radiation. Both of these things break down your immune system and appetite, both of which are helping hands when it comes to beating cancer.
Dandelion root powder contains a potent phytochemical element which over time will build up in the blood and the immune system. It does not affect your appetite.
Picking dandelion root
Dandelion root can be harvested at any point of the year. It is essentially a case of pulling it out of the ground, removing the earth around the root and cutting the leaves off. It is important that you do not damage the root and you should never wash it.
The root should be dried in the sunshine at around 100 degrees or in an incubator (with no water) if you have one.
You should dry the root for around 5 to 6 days. You will know if the root is ready to be used as if you break the root and it snaps.
A dried dandelion root will be good to use up to one year, you will need to store it in a cold, dark place preferably in a dark place.
The best way to use your dandelion root is in a powder; mix just over one half of a teaspoon of the powder with water (nothing fizzy or hot) and drink. You should find that in as little as three to four days you start to feel great. It is important to remember that this is a longer term treatment and you should never expect an overnight cure.
The nutrients from the dandelion root will build up in your immune system for three weeks and after that the immune system will be taking control of the spread of cancer cells.
PART 2Part one of our dandelion root special saw how it is being used to treat a variety of cancers. We have decided to look at this even further and showcase some of the studies and reference points that is backing up this information.
Over the last ten years around 10,000 people die of cancer each and every week; this is despite the common treatments of chemotherapy and radiation. These “cancer cures” are thought to only save around 10% of patients and are currently amongst a small number of options open to medical professionals.
We have already seen how dandelion is known to act just like a powerful medical treatment and best of all it is a treatment that is readily available for everyone.
How dandelion root attacks cancer
One of the leading studies in the effects dandelion roots have on cancer is within the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre in Ontario, Canada. Led by Siyaram Pande a biochemist at the University of Windsor, the first phase of the study showed that dandelion root extract encourages an almost suicidal effect in a particularly aggressive form of cancer known as myelocytic myeloid leukaemia.
This process is known as apoptosis.
The immune boosting of dandelion
It is thought that dandelion root is able to restore the inhibition of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is important to regulate our immune systems and defend the other cells in our body.
A study in 1998 showed that dandelion root extract can induce the secretion of tumor necrosis factor-alfa, boosting the immune system and encouraging nitric oxide production.
Dandelion Root in traditional medicine
Dandelion root has been used for years in traditional Korean medicine. It is thought to improve your energy levels and improve your overall health. A study in 2012 agreed with this and found that dandelion root has a host of anti-fatigue effects and immune boosting properties too.
Studies on Dandelion Root and Cancer
It seems that medical science is finally able to accept the positive results that dandelion root extract can have in treating cancers. This may be thanks to the variety of clinical research that has been recently published.
An example of this comes in the form of a study published during 2011 in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology looking at the effects that dandelion root extract has on leukaemia cells.
It showed that via a process called apoptosis, dandelion extract killed the leukaemia cells. This process is essentially the trigger of a kill switch of the receptors on these leukaemia cells whilst not affecting healthy cells.
Another study during 2011, published in the International Journal of Oncology study how dandelion root supressed the growth of a particularly aggressive and resistant form of human pancreatic cancer using apoptosis and autophagy.
Moving on from this, further studies have been carried out on a variety of other cancers and how dandelion root can have an impact on their growth.
Dandelion root contains a phytochemical Taraxasterol and beta-sitosterol as well as more natural compounds that have a chemotherapeutic and chemoreceptive effects.
A study during 2004 in Neoplasma reported that these phytochemicals have positive effects and inhibits breast and colon cancer. In fact, when it comes to breast and uterine cancer dandelion root reduced the tumour size by up to 26% whilst also increase the immune boosting molecule production too.
All of which points towards dandelion root becoming a valuable chemotherapeutical agent.
It is particularly useful when used in the form of a powder. In fact, just over half a teaspoon of powder once a day is more than enough to successfully treat cancer.