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Unread 07-01-2003, 07:06 PM

Has anyone ever heard of this? My mom came across a woman who swears by this. She said that this "compound" that has bloodroot in it cures alot of things, and some type of cancers also. She says that this recipe came from an old Indian.

I was just wondering if anyone else has heard of this plant (herb).

's and ers to everyone....
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Unread 07-01-2003, 08:36 PM
Last night on my local news they ran

a story about it's abilities to fight cancer cells. I didn't get the whole story, but I am sure we will see it pop up soon again. Maybe I will do a search on the web. Anyone else know anything?
Unread 07-02-2003, 12:00 PM

Hi Tammy,

I did some quick searches on Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis). It's a budding plant that is toxic if you just pluck it from the ground and eat it.

Bloodroot contains alkaloid compounds, which generally come from plants, are very bitter-tasting, and have been used as chemotherapeutic agents, among other things (caffeine is also an alkaloid). It has been used by Native Americans as for rheumatism, asthma, arthritis, and other lung ailments. It is also commonly used as an emetic--to make you barf. Apparently the taste is rather unpleasant and so barfing is a side effect!

It was recently reported to have some anti-cancer effects; however, I looked on Medline for scientific articles and I could not find any published material on the effects on cancer, except for a cautionary article about using it for non-melanoma skin lesions.

I'd definitely talk to my doctor before giving this on a go, because of its potential toxicities. That's just my opinion though! Take care,

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Unread 07-03-2003, 08:01 PM

Hi Tammy...

Be careful before taking anything...I do believe that taking those mushroom complex capsules did raise my ca125 number slightly. After I stopped taking them the numbers started going down.


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