There is some great news for cancer patients as a little-known Chinese plant called thunder god vine has been now found to be a potential cancer killer.

The plant has been discovered to harbor a chemical compound that effectively destroys tumors in mice suffering from pancreatic cancer. It might have a bizarre name – thunder god vine or lei gong teng – but the plant should not be underestimated given that it has been used in Chinese medicine before mainly to treat arthritis.

The plant has surprised many, including the researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center who were involved in the study. According to the study, the plant managed to destroy cancer in mice after just 40 days without signs of recurrence!

The research also uncovered the compound behind these amazing results – a compound known as triptolide. Speaking to Bloomberg, the vice-chairman of the research, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, was very excited and positive about the future of the compound in the fight against cancer.

However, this is not the first time scientists are going back to what traditional practitioners have been using for ages.

Turmeric and ginger are classic examples of plants that have been found to have great effects against cancer and over 500 conditions, but still, lots of researchers have been turning a blind eye on natural herbs. What else can explain the fact that no major corporation has invested money and time in researching the healing capabilities of plants like the thunder god vine?

It is quite ironical how Big Pharma companies have ignored the likes of turmeric and ginger and many herbal plants yet they claim they are on the lookout for the treatment of terminal diseases!

Most of these Big Pharma companies keep faking thousands of studies in a bid to showcase the power of pharmaceutical drugs, but what looks crystal clear is that they are only looking to make money.

To them, the money incurred by cancer patients around the world is too sweet to lose! Nevertheless, we can only hope that this will be a breakthrough in the fight against what has emerged as a very deadly disease.

Egline J., B.A.

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