Ye Gu Herb (Aeginetia Indica) Found To Have Anti-Cancer Benefits in Kidney/Renal Cancer Disease

By Chad Dupuis
Tagged in Herbal Medicine and Research

Many Chinese herbs and herbal formulas are used and studied in the treatment of various cancers.  Some are used alongside western treatments and others have similar anti-cancer properties without the cost and side effects of western drugs.  Researchers from the institute of biochemistry and molecular biology at National Taiwan University recently conducted a study evaluating the anti-cancer properties of Ye Gu (aegentia indica) on renal cancer.

Renal Cancer (renal cell carcinoma "RCC") accounts for approximately 90% of all renal maligancies and current western treatments have a relatively low success rate.  Metastasis is a significant issue with renal cancer and avoiding this spreading is an important part of treatment.  Many medicinal herbs have shown to have anti-cancer properties and one of these herbs is Ye Gu, Aeginetia indica Linn. (“Guan-Jen-Huang”, GJH) which is a root parasitic plant often used to treat chronic liver diseases, cough, and arthritis. 

Analysis of a seed extract of GJH found potent anti-tumour activity.  Researchers within this study found that a water based extract inhibited tumor growth and metastasis. 

While this was "merely" a laboratory study, researchers were hopeful that when properly applied in a balanced Chinese Herbal formula that human treatments could be initiated and studied.

Ye Gu Herb (Aeginetia Indica) Found To Have Anti-Cancer Benefits in Kidney/Renal Cancer Disease

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Authored by: Chad Dupuis on 31 October 2011

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