5 Ayurvedic Herbs that Prevent or Destroy Cancer

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With cancer rates that are increasing in number every year, you want to find safe, natural, yet effective means of both preventing cancer as well as killing cancer cells that develop. Although a proper plant-based diet is perhaps one of the best ways of preventing the development of cancer in the first place, knowing which herbs not only lower our risk even further, but can also kill cancer cells that might crop up along the way, is powerful information that everyone should have.

Given the current limited effectiveness and toxic effects that current medications and treatments of cancer, it is vital that everyone learn as much as possible about the potential of herbs, such as cannabis, to be used as treatments for cancer.

The following 5 Ayurvedic herbs are known for either being cancer preventatives or for killing cancer cells in the body.


1. Garlic

Numerous double-blind studies show that this herb is super powerful medicine in more areas than one. Used by naturopaths for centuries, you can consume this in a juice form, raw, or lightly cooked and added to meals. Garlic has been shown to be both a cancer preventative as well as a cancer cell killer, especially when it comes to brain cancer and colon cancer. Find out more natural remedies for preventing colon cancer.


2. Ashwagandha

Sometimes called Indian Ginseng, ashwagandha is a well-known adaptogen, which means that it can help the body deal with things such as stress, fatigue, trauma, or feelings of anxiety. Used for hundreds of ailments since the beginning of time in Ayurvedic medicine, this herb can naturally increase our resistance to stress, change, and trauma while keeping energy levels high. This allows that body to use resources to scavenge for rouge cancer or mutated cells and destroy them before they spread. Research has shown that ashwagandha helps to inhibit the growth of tumor cells while slowing the growth of cancer cells, especially in the colon.

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3. Turmeric

This popular spice from India has been found to cure or prevent many different health issues. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, causes cancer cells to self-destruct. Turmeric has been shown in studies to turn on a tumor suppressing gene, which inhibits metastases, prevents the re-growth of cancer cells, and causes tumor and cancer cells to die off without reproducing.


4.  Ginger

Ginger is a staple in Ayurvedic medicine. Some of the precursors to the development of many different types of cancers are inflammation markers. Ginger root is a powerful anti-inflammatory that not only tastes good but soothes the digestive system. Ginger has been shown in several studies to be effective in the fight against breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. In addition to being effective cancer cell killers, ginger also prevents cancer cells from building a resistance to its use, something that cannot be said of conventional cancer drugs.


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5. Holy Basil

In India, this herb is called Tulsi, but no matter which name it goes by, this herb is a proven cancer killer as well as a cancer prevention method in studies done involving mice. Holy basil is a COX-2 inhibitor, which stops inflammation as well as decreases pain levels. Studies show that holy basil can actually repair cells that have been damaged by oxidation and radiation. It can also destroy pre-cancerous cells and tumors. Holy basil is a rejuvenating agent, but not a stimulant, so you can feel confident consuming it every day.