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Little Known Chinese Herb & Iron Kill 98% of Cancer Cells in 16 Hours

Christina Sarich
December 12th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 12:49 pm
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sweet wormwood 263x164 Little Known Chinese Herb & Iron Kill 98% of Cancer Cells in 16 HoursAccording to studies that were published in an issue of Life Sciences, artemesinin – a derivative of the wormwood plant used in Chinese Medicine - can kill 98% of breast cancer cells in less than 16 hours. The herb used alone caused a 28% reduction in breast cancer cells, but when paired with iron, sweet wormwood was able to eradicate cancer almost entirely. What’s more, normal cells were not negatively affected in the experiment by this treatment.

Artemisinin has been used in the past as a powerful anti-malarial herb, but it now has been proven to be a cancer-fighter, too. When subjects in the published study were given an iron supplement, which often accumulates in the breast tissue but especially so in cancerous cells, the artemisinin was able to selectively target ‘bad’ cells and leave ‘good’ cells alone.

“Taken together, our results demonstrate that the artemisinin disruption of E2F1 transcription factor expression mediates the cell cycle arrest of human breast cancer cells and represents a critical transcriptional pathway by which artemisinin controls human reproductive cancer cell growth.”

Read: Watercress Found to Block Breast Cancer Cell Growth

Iron accumulates in cancerous cells due to special receptors that help them in cell division, called transferrin receptors. Normal cells likely have these receptors as well, but cancerous cells have them in greater abundance, and thus can be targeted by the iron-artemisinin combination, like a 1-2 punch.

There have been many experiments now that prove this sweet wormwood derivative can effectively eradicate disease in the presence of iron. The extract has been used for thousand of years in China to treat malaria. The malaria parasite cannot live in the presence of artemisinin because they are iron-rich, but the treatment works just as well for cancerous cells, too. Bioengineers Henry Lai and Narendra Singh of the University of Washington, Seattle were the scientists who initially made this discovery. This is yet another example of a natural herb causing cancerous cell apoptosis.

While the sweet wormwood extract has been somewhat difficult to obtain for a fair price for countless years, it is now on its way to being mass-produced by biotech. Will the result be positive and promising?

Read: Study Shows How Radiation Treatment Makes Breast Cancer Worse

“It’s the volatility that really makes the supply chain for this life-saving drug just a complete train wreck,” says Jack Newman, chief scientific officer of the California-based biotech firm Amyris. “When we first started talking about this,” Newman says, “we gave it 1,000 to 1 odds of ever working. “

French drugmaker Sanofi is expected to make 50 to 60 tons of artemisinin each year, striving to supply enough demand for the global market.

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  • Cancer Patient

    That was a misleading headline. If you want to be respected then don’t use cancer headlines to generate traffic to your website and generate ad revenues.

  • OzzieEd

    WOW, SO MUCH CONFUSION. Trophoblastic cells are what grows the foetus up until the pancreas forms and starts to control normal cell apoptosis.(death). If your pancreatic juices are affected by zinc deficiency or cadmium poisoning then trophoblastic cells can survive and multiply. These cells can be easily detected using a pregnancy test. False estrogens from cosmetics and plastics cause the body to absorb too much copper which fascillitates angiogenesis or the creation of a new blood supply which is necessary for tumour growth. So progesterone or plants which mimmick the action of progesterone like black cohosh or wild yam will remove excess copper and prevent the formation of new blood vessels to feed tumour growth. Molybdenum also works to remove copper from the body. Trophoblastic cells are anearobic as they grow before the lungs are formed so they don’t survive well in a highly oxygenated environment. Sugar is food for these cells. Thinking loving thoughts will alkalinize your body and cancer cells don’t survive well in an alkaline body. Good luck. I will be purchasing some wormwood capsules for my dear friend who is suffering at the moment. Makes sense to me. Pepitas are the richest food source of iron and watermelon is very alkalinising. Garlic is very helpful and apparently works better combined with chilis or ginger and cod liver oil or good old sunlight. Sungazing, THC, Liposomal vitamin C, Rife therapy are all worth a go.

  • RealityCheck

    Well anyway, NaturalSociety, I’m ready to come on board as an editor and fact checker. Let’s be honest, you need me.

    If you really want to help people and gain credibility (and the associated perks), you know where to find me.

    • whatever

      That’s a great way to apply for a job! I’m sure they’ll be calling and calling, begging for your services.

  • esther4

    This formula was designed by integrative/holistic oncologist, (cancer specialist) Dwight McKee MD. (Google)

  • esther4

    World renown Integrative oncologist, (cancer specialist) Dwight McKee MD has been using this herb for a decade. Wonderful formulations utilizing such herbs can be found at LifePlus and Natura Health Products.

  • Shawasina

    Biotech means GMO, so NO, that will Not be the same………….

  • Lynne

    If you click on the Blue link of Life Sciences it clearly spells it out for your confusion about the normal Breast cells: Does not harm healthy cells!

    Medieval as it sounds, scientists are testing a recipe of wormwood and iron on breast cancer cells, and so far the results are encouraging. In a new study, researchers report that artemesinin–a derivative of the wormwood plant–kills iron-enriched breast cancer cells but doesn’t harm many healthy ones. Artemesinin’s destructive properties are triggered by higher than normal levels of iron in cancer cells.

  • Omar Spence

    Great, now all we need to do is extract the active chemicals and figure out the dosage needed to get rid of the cancer. The biggest problem with using the whole herbs themselves is consistency in the levels of the active compounds as well as the other compounds in the plants that may either limit its effectiveness or may be harmful.

  • Philip Yeoh

    Definitely worth investigating.

    Even if the medical and pharma industries don’t do it for our public good, we should look into this seriously, especially those with loved ones thus afflicted.

  • justinej

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  • Jon

    It was a typo, if you all read carefully and visit the original source this article is citing then you will read how it killed cancer cells and not “normal cells” more specifically it only killed a few of normal cells.

  • pammyb

    what form of iron supplement was used?

    • celiayounger

      I will like to know to. I know a person told me that if I need Iron i should put some iron object in water let it there for a few hours and then drink it … anyone have heard of that?? I will like to know if it is for real or just were pulling my leg.

      • Wanda WaabiskaMigizikwe Boomho

        Never heard of that but cooking in iron pots and pans does give one iron

      • Lj

        If you need iron, eat some iron-rich food.

    • Lj

      Not relevant, since the study wasn’t done on human beings. It’s an in vitro study, done on isolated cancer cells in a dish. The article refers to “subjects”, well, there are no subjects, just Petri dishes. I’ll hold off on calling this herb a wonder drug until it demonstrates a similar effect in vivo.


        It’s sad but so many of these studies are misleading because of the exact reason you point out. I could put gasoline on cancer cells in a Petri dish and kill 100% of cancer.

  • BBallantyne

    Side effects? Where do you find it and what is the dose? Can a person just take it without being followed by a health care practitioner?

  • Gail

    What did you mean by “What’s more, normal human breast cancer cells were not affected in the experiment by this treatment.”
    is no such thing as NORMAL HUMAN BREAST CANCER CELLS! Cancer is NOT
    normal. I wonder if you meant normal cells in the breast. You need to
    clarify that statement.

    • celiayounger

      that was an error, ihe/she meant to say ‘normal breast cells…. the person made a mistake in writing it. please read other comments for more information.

    • asus3000

      Actually it is. Every person has cancer cells in their body. It’s only when they fail to exhibit apoptosis and then break-off and spread that they become a problem.

  • Brigitte

    Read the “public study” link by the US National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health (

  • canines5

    Well, I have a 9 year old Golden retriever who has been taking this for 8 months.
    Life expectancy for K-9 Lymphoma is 2-3 months.
    I choose not to judge until I have actual experience.
    I do with this powder supplement, it is hope for a better end of life.
    A cure would be lovely and gratefully accepted.

    • Dogsbestfriend

      Hi Canines5, when was your pup diagnosed with lymphoma? And how much Artemesinin r u giving him/her per day? Did you also use any other herbs or supplements? Any other kind of treatment like chemo?
      Please let me know….I am desperately trying to find supplements or herbs to use in conjunction with chemo, in hopes that he can fight harder to live longer. He is only 6. Thanks

      • Rafael
      • celiayounger

        i heard (for people, I don’t know for dogs)0 that black cumin seeds and turkey tail mushrooms improved the immune system to fight cancer. check with the vet. maybe he knows.

      • Wiskers

        My friends Lab had breast cancer very bad and we used raw turmeric (teaspoon or more per day given in small doses…start easy with it), about 1 to 2 Teaspoons of Kelp, Graviola leaf powder about a couple of teaspoons a day. In may it was active, by July she bled from the nipples and by August we had the tumors removed and she is fine now. The pathology report came back and the cell were no longer active. this was the complete treatment that was administered along with a raw ground beef and brown rise with vegetable diet. My own dog receives the same diet with turmeric and kelp every day. It has fixed his severe hip dysplasia. At 13 1/2 he is spry and doing great. The vet thought he was much younger just a few months ago. I will be looking into the authenticity of this article’s suggestions for people that I know.

    • celiayounger

      I too will like to know how is he doing with this treatment and if you are giving him something else too. My last poppy he died in a month after I find out he had blood cancer, he was 8 years old. I want to know if any of this treatments actually work (just in case, my new poppy now is getting older, since the vet told me this kind of dogs are prompt to get this type of cancer, I want to be prepared).

    • Angela

      Hello, canines5 If you go to there are many videos of successes curing cancer. I cured my 150 lb dog of cancer with dandelion root 4x a day, and 2000 mg of vitamin C daily, and an all protien and vegetable diet. Cancer feeds off carbohydrates to live, so I eliminated them. Dandelion root is a diuretic so lots of water is important. Baking soda has had a lot of success to cure cancer also.

      • RealityCheck

        None of that is actually true. Stop spreading that nonsense before some gullible person gets themselves killed.

        • Cancer Patient

          Yup, tons of nonsense. Maybe her dog should toke up? After all we all know that any kind of pot cures any kind of cancer and big pharma is just trying to keep stoners sick. God!

  • moriah steiner

    Why are people still dying of cancer in China?

    • Andrea Winship

      Because Western Medicine is now bigger in China than their own medicine which fell by the wayside during the cultural revolution. It’s bigger here than there. I know because I’m an acupuncturist.

      • Jan R.

        Stick to acupuncture

        • Lynne

          China is so polluted!!! It has gotten out of control! Therefore, Western medicine has taken over for a quick fix as there are more people getting sick.
          The way I read the normal healthy breast cells were not affected, I gathered that the sweet worm wood plus iron DID not affect the normal cells, they stayed healthy and no side effects.
          I agree with Mike Wood.

  • RealityCheck

    ” What’s more, normal human breast cancer cells were not affected in the experiment by this treatment”

    Normal human breast cancer cells? Not affected?
    Okay, debunked your own article. Thanks.

    • Mimi Champlin

      RC, you need to study up. Every one of us has cancer cells in our bodies, in all areas. It’s when they reproduce at an uncontrolled rate that we “have cancer”.

      • Aluysion

        I thought cancer cells by definition was normal cells that mutate and go haywire in the body. Hence why they would be called “cancer” cells. They’ve mutated and don’t function in a way that’s helpful for the body. We get cancer all the time, usually our immune system catches it and handles it. Hence why people who get cancer are usually much older and it’s rarer for a younger crowd. Having cancer in the medical term means your body didn’t take care of it and it’s stuck around for long enough to cause problems, in other words, cancer itself.

        If anyone here is a scientist, medical personal or any other field that deals with cancer, please correct me if I’m wrong with my above information.

        • celiayounger

          I AM not a doctor or are in this field of medicine, but please, you do not know how many young people have cancer today, it has increased by probably 50% in the last 25 – 30 years. ALL TOXIC CHEMICALS, WATER FOOD, AIR ETC.. DRUGS PESTICIDES, HORMONES ETC..AFFECT EVERYONE. go to children hospital and you will see. look statistics and see how many young people 15th -28 years old have some cancers (blood cancers and kidney related cancers)

          • Aluysion

            Yes, that’s true. I more of meant cancer that happened way before civilization fucked things up. If cancer is related to the immune system not knowing how to destroy the mutated cells then our environments, food, water etc are causing the issue to happen at much more rapid and earlier ages. Statistically speaking you can see the difference in countries to that use different pesticides, non-GMO less over all pollution and a host of differences that make for healthier people. Since this might be an immunity issue as far as I’ve been able to find out, then we will probably have a cure for various different cancers when we find something that strengthens and teaches the immune system what cancer cells are and to get rid of them when they happen. Even the healthiest person on the planet can still get cancer so it’s not just about health here either. It might just be the disease humans died from at old age though hundreds of years should they not fall prey to any other disease of their times. In other words, there is no dying of old age as it were. You end up getting something near the end because the body can’t handle what it used to.

            For the record, I wouldn’t blame everything on the list as a cause, we don’t know specifically what causes it, but we do know that we live extremely differently then just 100 years ago. But, we also allegedly live longer now too. I’m damn sure things that cause adverse affects in studies are obviously not optimal and many companies don’t give a damn, but we need to specifiy what is the cause. Just saying water and food will make people fearful of ALL water and food, in which I know for a fact the country I live in now and the one I’m moving to are extremely different in quality of both. In my country I need to buy organic to stay away from GMO and heavy pesticides as well as how cruelly and unsustainably the animals and plants are treated, in this new country, I don’t have to worry because they have animal rights that have been around over 80 years and don’t allow GMO in their country at all. Same with the water, no fluoride and the chlorine is taken out after the sanitation process. But they still have hormones and some pollution so it’s important to know what the real issue is, not just tag everything in our day and age as bad.

          • RealityCheck

            That’s not true at all. You made that up.

        • Levia

          Aluysion, I’m a high school biology teacher and you are correct. In good health we have immune cells scouting, eating and recycling the cancer cells. Also, cancer cells are kind of out-of-control stem cells, the latter which learn self-control and specialize so that they know when to stop becoming a stomach, breast, etc. That mechanism has been warped in the case of cancer and they’re trying to take over again.

        • Omar Spence

          Cancer in the clinical sense occurs when those same abnormal cells are able to proliferate while evading the immune system without requiring the usual growth factors that other cells do. The actual cancer cells are a product of natural selection, the ones that trigger an immune response are killed off, the ones that lack the genes necessary for growth and proliferation die on their own.

          It is more an issue of the cells sneaking past the immune system, which becomes easier if it is compromised or not fully developed, as would happen in the very old, very young or in persons with AIDS etc. Genetic fingerprinting in order to develop treatments that enable the immune system to recognize these cancers is the way to go. Currently most chemotherapy agents target the cell cycle which has an adverse effect on all cells, not just cancer.

        • Mimi Champlin

          Borrowed from Don M. “Every living human has a certain number of cancer cells in their body. You only learn this from an oncologist that deasl with this dreaded disease everyday.
          The mystery is the TRIGGER, What causes these cancer cells to become active and spread.
          There is in fact a blood test that is called a cancer marker test that tells how many cancer cells in PPM or (parts per million).
          This test is only normally given to cancer paitents to keep track of the Chemo Treatment”

      • Aluysion

        Also, I now realize in re-reading what you said that I may of responded prematurely. I thought you were saying that our cells are always cancerous and we always have them. My apologies if my previous response was just me reiterating what you said and I thought I was correcting it in my understanding of it.

      • Omar Spence

        Cancer cells are by definition abnormal.

      • RealityCheck

        Wrong. I don’t need to “study up.” Unlike the writer of this article and pretty much everyone on this site, I have actual college degrees in the field.

    • habibilamour

      That was most likely a typo. They meant “normal human breast cells”, so your “debunking” of this article is based on nothing.

      • Jan R.

        If they are careless enough to let a typo that big go by, I think it’s safe to say this site is a quack.

        • habibilamour

          Yes, because simple mistake = quack(!). You don’t have to be a “quack” to make a six-letter error, everyone makes mistakes, and it’s easier to make them when you’re in a hurry with writing something and it’s not a spelling or grammar mistake so you won’t get any coloured lines under it.

        • Guest

          illogical comment award goes to…

        • kwakerz

          Yo momma is a kwak

      • celiayounger

        ok, I don’t want to put salt on it, but my computer, for example, change and add words when ever IT wants. I tried to fix the problem but still they (Apple) didn’t do it. One time I was talking about cancer – to a person with cancer – and the stupid computer changed the word to something that if i didn’t catch it, she will be mad at me forever. I catch it just on time. MAY BE THAT HAPPENED with this person?

        • LINUX

          Apple is a rip off.

    • Lee

      I read the same thing and have the same question.

    • Guest

      Read it again, if you don’t understand the statement, then read it again, if you don’t understand the statement, then read…….??

    • Mike Wood

      Not sure about you, but it reads to me; the breast cancer cells were effected – eradicated aka; killed, curtains, game-over, death, etc…, & the normal/healthy human breast cells were not effected – in other words, left healthy as they were.

      You want to kill the unhealthy breast cancer cells, and leave the healthy cells healthy.

    • Brenda Diederich

      I know…and this article is posted on numerous sites. What the heck?? Proofread??!!

    • Reiki-ology Master Healing

      If you had actually read the quote you would have seen “negatively” in it.

    • Catherine Miller

      “What’s more, normal cells were not negatively affected in the experiment by this treatment.”
      You either read the article wrong or it’s been corrected since.