Ginseng May Work Better Than Chemo and Radiation – Here’s How…

By Sayer Ji

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Known for thousands of years as a powerful tonic for health, new research reveals that ginseng and other cancer stem cell killing plants may provide highly effective treatments for cancer.

Cancer stem cells are one of the keys to understanding both the root cause(s) and the most appropriate treatment approaches for cancer.

As we have explored in previous writings, cancer stem cells have been identified to be at the heart of most cancer malignancies. These extraordinarily resilient and proliferative cells, while only making up a minority of cells within a tumor (about 1 in 1,000), are relatively immortal and resistant to conventional treatments.

In fact, chemotherapy and radiation treatments have been found to increase the cancer stem cell populations by number and by their malignant/invasive intensity. In fact, radiotherapy has even been found to convert non-malignant breast cells into highly malignant breast cancer stem cellsresulting in increasing their malignancy by 30 fold. The use of these inappropriate treatments has resulted in an epidemic of iatrogenically caused secondary cancers, and patient deaths, that have largely gone unreported by the very medical system responsible for causing them, and which comes to no surprise by those who have been following our decade long reporting on the tragedy of cancer overdiagnosis and overtreatment, which has affected millions around the world.

Given this concerning backdrop, and our ongoing focus on unearthing and reporting on thousands of natural, evidence-based alternatives that address and resolve the root cause(s) of disease, it is exciting to report on research published last year, titled, “Functional mechanism of Ginsenosides on tumor growth and metastasis,” which summarizes the increasingly robust peer-reviewed literature on the role of ginseng in preventing and treating cancer. Within the review, the therapeutic properties of ginseng are discussed in light of the following effects:

  • Ginsenosides regulate tumor cell cycle
  • Ginsenosides induce tumor cell differentiation
  • Ginsenosides target tumor stem cells
  • Ginsenosides reduce the product of reactive oxygen species (ROS)
  • Ginsenosides suppress tumor angiogenesis
  • Ginsenosides downregulate the activity of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) on tumor metastasis

Clearly, as with almost all time-tested, multi-culturally validated botanicals, there are a wide range of therapeutic properties operative within the highly complex plant extract — not only stem cell targeting effects.  That said, stem cell targeting is an extremely important part of the equation. You can destroy 999 of 1,000 cancer cells in a tumor, but if the one left remaining is a cancer stem cell, it will have the ability and potential to grow an entirely new tumor all on its own. This is why stem cell targeting substances are so important in turning the tides against the increasingly violent and ineffective (albeit extremely profitable) war against cancer.

The authors of the ginseng study ended their review with the following optimistic conclusions:

“Given the increasing number of studies on ginsengs, ginsengs are likely to be used as antitumor drugs for controlling multiple types of cancer. Ginsenosides have been proven to regulate known oncogenes, such as Stat3. Since ginsenoside-induced death of cancer cells is achieved via multi-target pathways, it is difficult to some extent for cancer cells to develop drug resistance. Moreover, another advantage of ginsenosides is that the small side effect is shown when killing cancer cells. Thus ginsenosides may be considered as a good drug candidate for cancer treatment.”

But ginseng is only one of a wide range of newly identified natural substances that kill cancer stem cells. Here is a list of an additional 25 cancer stem cell killing natural substances that are ‘smarter’ than chemo and radiation:

  1. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) – Green Tea
  2. 6-Gingerol – Ginger
  3. Beta-Carotene – Carrot, Leafy Greens
  4. Baicalein – Chinese Skullcap
  5. Curcumin – Turmeric
  6. Cyclopamine – Corn Lilly [we do not suggest consuming this plant; this simply illustrates natural components exist that kill cancer stem cells]
  7. Delphinidin – Blueberry, raspberrry
  8. Flavonoids (Genistein) – Soy, red clover, coffee
  9. Gossypol – Cottonseed [we do not suggest consuming this plant; this simply illustrates natural components exist that kill cancer stem cells]
  10. Guggulsterone – Commiphora (myrrh tree)
  11. Isothiocyanates – Cruciferous vegetables
  12. Linalool – Mint
  13. Lycopene – Grapefruit, tomato
  14. Parthenolide – Feverfew
  15. Perylill alcohol – Mint, cherry, lavender
  16. Piperine – Black pepper
  17. Placycodon saponin – Playycodon grandifloruim
  18. Psoralidin – Psoralea corylilyfolia
  19. Quercetin – Capers, onion
  20. Resveratrol – Grapes, plums, berries
  21. Salinomycin – Streptomyces albus
  22. Silibinin – Milk Thistle
  23. Ursolic acid – Thyme, basil, oregano
  24. Vitamin D3 – Fish, egg yolk, beef, cod liver oil
  25. Withaferin A – Withania somnifera (ashwaganda)

Another substance not listed here is turmeric, which I have featured specifically in previous writings as a cancer stem cell killing herb, including this article: Turmeric Extract Strikes To The Root Cause of Cancer Malignancy. You can also watch my description of the “intelligence of cancer stem cells” in the video interview excerpt below:

To learn more about why these substances have not yet received the research dollars and support needed to elevate them to the level of clinical trial work and FDA drug approval, read my previous articles on the topic:

Recommended articles by Sayer Ji:

About the author:

Sayer Ji is the founder of, a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed, Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Health Federation, and Steering Committee Member of the Global Non-GMO Foundation.

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