Saturday, November 28, 2009

Anti-cancer and Anti-inflammation Herbs Sabah Snake Grass 优遁草

A few of my friends diagnosed with breast cancer and some even passed away. Yesterday I visited one of my breast cancer friend, seeing her in good complexion and healthier than before. She said she has been using Chinese herbs therapy for cooling after high-dose chemotherapy by stem-cell breast cancer treatment. Therefore, She said clear the heat is the primary concern for those undergoing chemotherapy.

And her consistency and regular intake of some homeopathy natural raw herbs, just to prevent of further spreads of cancer cells to other part of body. She has even planted many medicinal herbs at backyard. And daily intakes of the herbs tea for 2 years regularly really help a lot. 

With the use of natural herbs has given her a relief from the feeling of thirst, coughing, sore throat and relief of chest congestion after the chemotherapy. Also combined with light and simple diets and “Qi” gong exercises, the result is great and she is grateful that with the scientific and alternative homeopathy natural healing way has saved her life and the breast too.

The anti-cancer cooling “Liang cha” - herbal tea with several herb plants and is decoction 3 times a week. Combination of the raw herb leaves in the formula such as: 

Huo Tan Mu (火炭母)
(Polygonum chinensis)

Black Face General 黑面将军
(Hei Mian Jiang Jin, Strobilanthes Crispus)

Yu Xun Cao or Sabah Snake Grass 优遁草, 沙巴蛇草
(Sabah Snake Plant, Clincanthus Nutans L. )

Shang Ye 桑椹叶
(Mulberry Leave)

Though she certainly still considered this as one of a fine herbal tonic that we can consume once a while to expelling of "dampness" and "heat", for throat infection and detoxifies the body in preventing cancer.

She added, each of every herb take a "different action" when making an infusion and herbs tea. This depends on individual body condition to consume this herbs tea.

So I tried to cook the herbs tea with rock sugar as “Liang Cha” (herbs tea) to ease the cough.

Oh my….the taste is so soothing and cooling.
Nice taste anyway. No harm trying.

Herbs planting in our Asia country not only easier to get and we can find most of the useful herbs right here. My herb plants collection in my garden has increases after few years of collection and effort. It is quite handy to me and convenience for me to cook it at any time.

Some common and very useful Anticancer herb plants example like “Black Face General" - Hei Mian Jiang Jin 黑面将军(Strobilanthes Crispus), “Yu Xun Cao” 优遁草, 沙巴蛇草(Sabah Snake Grass, Clincanthus Nutans), “Huo Tan Mu” 火炭母(Smartweed), Qi Xin Chen 七星针 (Pereskia Sacharosa) and it is grown in Malaysia and many other Asia countries as for anti-cancer herb plants.

What is Huo Tan Mu 火炭母 - Polygonum chinense Herba

Scientific name: Polygonum Chinensis Herba

Chinese name: Huo tan mu 火炭母

Huo Tan Mu 火炭母 (Polygonum Chinesis Herba) is one of the herbal use both in Eastern and Western herbalist, this herb does almost everything from “head to toe” and thus is great us to anyone who consumed it. This is also for nourishing the skin, as known by Chinese as good as "Natural Bird Nest". Serve as beauty skin herbal soup to nourishing the lungs.

Medicinal effect for treating of bleeding, treats skin disease, diarrhea, Dysentery, menstrual problems, anti-infections effect and gets rid of the dampness heat and the leaf is edible in raw or cooked form. In china, they cooked with egg in soup as delicious dish.

The whole plants of Huo Tan Mu 火炭母(Polygonum Chinensis Herba) in its application of medicinal usages are anti-inflammatory, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, styptic, stomachic etc. 

Anti-inflammatory for sore throat, reduce dampness heat and treating skin itchy cause by toxic heat, for swollen and inflamed areas like tonsillitis and treating Diphtheria, tonsillitis can use the " Huo Tan Mu (Polygonum Chinese) fresh leaf about 100grams, squeeze or juicer into fresh juice, mixed with honey, take several times a day for 2 to 4 consecutive days generally.

  • Astringent extract of Huo Tan Mu 火炭母(Polygonum Chinense) to treat diarrhea, hemorrhoids. Cooked the leaves together with egg as herbal soup.
  • Determinative like stomach ache, this herb or preparation that either prevent formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract, or facilitates the expulsion of stomach heat and gas. Especially to treat skin rashes, itchy to get rid of “Wind” heat.
  • Diaphoretic e.g excessive sweating, diuretic, it has stimulant and diuretic for treating urinary tract system like bladder infection.
  • Emmenagogues which stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus also stimulate menstruation, leucorrhea and hemorrhoids. For treating menstrual pains and menstrual complaints. Just add water to boil the leaves with brown sugar.
  • Stomachic is the herb serves to tone the stomach, improving its function and increasing appetite by using this herbal remedies claim stomachic effect.
  • Styptic Herbs that reduce external bleeding due to astringent action on blood vessels. Helps in strengthen fragile capillaries and prevent bleeding.

The seed: It is edible and sour in taste, the color of the seed is black in color, as it has the name of “Huo Tan” 火炭in Chinese mean “Charcoal”.

Root of Polygonum Chinensis "Huo Tan Mu"火炭母:  

Its medicinal usage is to help and promote growing effect for children in their growing stage. 

Cook the whole plant or root with the lean meat or chicken, in addition, its may also govern the lacking in vital energy to treat dizzy, tinnitus, ear problem, leucorrhea (whitish vaginal discharge), injury from fractures, mastitis and skin eczema problem. 
 Its taste is slightly sour.

Contraindication: it is not for people with Stomach hyperactivity problem.
Doses: It is best to use in minimize as overdoses may have reverse side effect of toxicity.

What is Yu Xun Cao 优遁草 or Sabah Snake Grass, Clinacanthus Nutans L.

  • Chinese name: Yu Xun Cao 优遁草
  • Scientific Name: Clinacanthus nutans(Burm.t.) Lindau
  • English name: Sabah Snake plant, Sabah Snake Grass.
  • Meridian channel: liver and kidney
  • Usage: Whole plant as medicinal herb

Yu Xun Cao or Sabah Snake Grass (Clinacanthus Nutans Lindau) has been widely used in Malaysia and other Asia countries to treat uric acid, gout, urinates neuropathies (disease of the kidney), Liver cancer, Kidney syndrome, Nasal cavity cancer and uterine fibroid.

It was quite popular and found in East Malaysia of Sabah, that's why they named it as "Sabah Snake Plant" or "Sabah Snake Grass". 

I planted many types of herbal plants. Especially this Sabah Snake Grass “You Xun Cao” 优遁草, and I like to use of this herb with other herbal plant in preparation of herbal medicinal drink to treats uremia for kidney patient primarily, to reduce of urine toxic by decoction of this herb. 

The slightly stink taste but when mixed with other herbs it can be a very tasteful “Liang Cha” cooling herbs drink. As this herb has “cooling” effect to those with Qi deficiency may need to cook it with Red Dates to improve the blood circulation a boost for better result.

The clinacanthus Nutans or 'Sabah Snake Grass' 优遁草in traditional Chinese medicine usually is concoction into herbal drink with red dates (to improve blood circulation), or adding black soybean to it (for the kidney yin deficiency to boost kidney Qi). Black soybeans increase the medicinal effect of the Sabah Snake Grass in detoxification and energy boost to the kidney meridian functioning. And it is also commonly used for kidney cleanse or detoxifying purpose. 

That’s what I had been doing it for body detoxification at least once or twice a month, taking the Sabah Snake Grass leaves in raw juice for normal maintenance purpose. 

In herbal healing, Chinese name this herbs as "Shen Cao" 肾草that's mean "kidney herb". 

Taking the raw juice like mixing green Apple with Sabah Snake Grass, to blend into medicinal raw juice for treating urinary system syndrome, kidney problem and prostate inflammation has shown effective and great result in healing process. 

Taking raw fresh leaves maybe hard to chew, so as to make it as tasty raw fruit juice drink may help.  Simply cooking into concoction herb drink depending on individual's body health condition.

I found the efficacy of treating of skin eczema, psoriasis, and shingles seemed quite effective with Sabah Snake Grass + "Huo Tan Mu” or Polygonum Chinese and mixed with ‘Bai He Ling Zhi’ (white crane grass), 白鹤灵芝, Scientific name: Rhinacanthus nasutus (L.) kurz
herbs. Lately I used these herbs to treat a few patients with psoriasis and scabies problem. The skin infection and spots reduces within a month.
Method and Preparation: 

For Internal application: 

  • “Sabah Snake Grass” Clinacanthus Nutans mix with "Huo Tan Mu” or Polygonum Chinese as decoction herbal drink. 
  • And taking pure fresh juice of  “Sabah Snake Grass” Clinacanthus Nutans fresh leaves blend with green apple in the morning for detoxifying. 

Doses to use: Daily intakes of 1-2 glasses of herbal drink.Serious case may increase the doses to 3 glasses a day.

For external usage:

I used of another herb by the name of “Bai He Ling Zhi’ (white crane grass), 白鹤灵芝Rhinacanthus nasutus, Dainty spurs, extract the fresh leaves and apply to scabies spots or infected areas. 

Herbal Bath:
Apply once or twice a day, or cook this herb plant with its stems, Strain the herbal liquid from the decoction and place in the bathtub, immerse the whole body in the herbal bath (at the body temperature) for at least 20-30 minutes. 

Other than this, from my experiences and personally used for the lymph and skin problem many years back. 

This 'Sabah Snake Grass' or Clinacanthus Nutans fresh juice extract not only can be mix and blending into fresh juice with green apple; alternatively combine Sabah Snake Grass with burdock and carrot pure juice for treating lymphatic problem and purifying blood. This really improves my sensitive skin and lymph nodes problem.

What is Hei Mian Jiang Jin (Black Face General) Strobilanthes Crispus

Usually herbs like “Black Face General” or Hei Mian Jiang Jin", its scientific name as Strobilanthes Crispus is the primary herbs used in Chinese herbalist for "Anti-cancer".

Which has been also used in Chinese traditional herbs as diuretic, laxative to eliminate kidney stone and anti-diabetic. 

This herb has been proven scientifically to posses high antioxidant active agents and anti-microbe, anti-AIDS and anticancer properties for treatment like fibroid, carcinoma of cervix, and vesical calculi - bladder stones. In Indonesia, they usually used it for treating snake bites, and bladder stones. 

The fresh leaves can be used alone or combined with other herbs plant like Sabah Snake Grass, Clinacanthus Nutans  is to consume in the form of fresh juice, Or cooking it as herbal tea in decoction herb drink, cook with water for at least 3 to 4 hours, its nature is cooling, which can also add red dates. 

In general this herb "BlackFace General", Strobilanthes Crispus is used to treat the breast and uterine cancer. And also its shown good result to certain cancer cases.

For breast and uterine cancer anti-cancer herbal drink:
One of the my popular herbal formula (Herbal ingredients):

  • Strobilanthes Crispus, “Black Face General” or Hei Miang Jiang Jin, 黑面将军 in chinese,  
  • “Gou Jiang Teng” 过江藤or Phyla Nodiflora (L.) Greene 
  •  Clinacanthus Nutans Lindau, “Yu Xun Cao” 优遁草(Sabah Snake Grass)

In the form of herbs tea decoction for 3 hours, frequently consume 2 to 3 times a week.

Strobilanthes Crispus “Hei Mian Jiang Jun” has the bio-active agents, Vitamin C, B1, B2, Tannin, Katekin, mineral content such as calcium, ferum, kalium, phosphrus and fitosterol which the contents are high in antioxidant activity.

I found an article about Strobilanthes Crispus or "Hei Mian Jiang Jun" saying that this herbs is not only good for anti-cancer as well used to treat snake bites.

What is Gou Jiang Teng 过江藤 – Phyla Nordiflora L. Greene

Scientific Name: Phyla Nordiflora Linnaeus Greene
Taste: bitter
Nature: cool

The juice of the Gou Jiang Teng (Phyla Nordiflora L. Greene) is bitter in taste. It is common weed, also an ornamental plant. 

It is used as medicinal herbs in Malaysia for treating and curing of diabetes foot (the lower limb fester) which caused by diabetes. The effect is also ideal in alternative natural herbal healing. 

Also it treats help in reduce and lower blood sugar, to relieve fevers, coughs and colds, Acute amygdalitis (tonsil infection), skin disease, eczema, herpes, dysentery, menstrual disorder and injury from fractures. This herb can be used in internal and external application. 
For menstrual disorder and delayed menstruation, try this herb with red dates and brown sugar it works wonderful to PMS problem and stimulating delayed menstruation as alternative herbal remedies. This medicinal usage for pre-menopause and post-menopause is seemed effective with the decoction of herbal drink as below.
The method of cooking this herb:

Cook the fresh herb of Gou Jiang Teng (Phyla Nordiflora L. Greene) with Black dates and add some brown sugar (optional). This formula of medicinal herb helps to relieve the syndrome of insomnia and hot flush, menstrual mid-cycle spotting syndrome. 
To certain breast and uterine cancer cases, may try this formula of “Black face general” Strobilanthes Crispus “Hei Mian Jiang Jun” + “Guo Jiang Teng” Phyla Nordiflora L. Greene + “Sabah Snake Grass” Clinacanthus Nutans in decoction herb drink, take it constantly for a period to healing process would help.

Mulberry Leaf 桑叶

Mulberry leaf or whole plant is used in medicinal as to nourish the lungs and clear liver heat. 

Its meridian channel: to Lung and Liver.
As this herb plant is used to make into juice as is broadly similar to wheatgrass. It makes a great food to cook with egg, as well as beverage to consume for good health for liver cleanse. 
I had mentioned in my previous blog to use it for infusions or decoction for treating cough, sore throat, and late night person to clean liver heat.

This leaf invigorates the lungs.The whole plant of mulberry has powerful medicinal properties in treating many ailments. Commonly in treating high blood pressure, lower blood sugar, fatty liver, anti-inflammatory, treating night sweat to pre-menopause, clear lungs damp-heat, for liver detoxification and improve eyesight vision.  

The root of Mulberry can use as herbal soup for Dispels rheumatism and ease joint pain.

There are many different types of cancers in vary form of treating each with herbal plants. And there are many hundreds of medicinal herbs may help in control of certain cancerous illnesses, usually it grown in temperate climate and they are edible, and useful as yet undiscovered. Still we may need to find out more in details, and take caution in use with those common homeopathic medicinal herbs.

Caution Disclaimer:
Please note that all the home remedies, traditional medicinal herbs usage are not alternatives for medicine. Although home remedies, alternative healing, natural healing or any alternative health articles are natural, all information I presented here is based on traditional usage and collected for informational purposes only. Results may not necessarily occur in all individuals. For severe illnesses, do not cease taking any prescribed medications. It is recommended that you must consult or seek your physician’s advice before starting any alternative healing with home remedies or herbs with caution.

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