by Ethan A. Huff, Natural News:
An amazing breakthrough has taken place on the cancer research front, with a possible cure coming from a popular Chinese herb. Researchers out of the U.S., publishing their work in the peer-reviewed journal Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, found that triptolide, an extract from the Chinese herb “thunder god vine” (Tirpterygium wilforii), helps regulate the expression of a key protein involved in cancer cell death, effectively targeting pancreatic cancer cells for elimination using the body’s own resources.
The fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., pancreatic cancer is basically a death sentence within the conventional model of treatment. Five percent or less of patients diagnosed with it survive more than five years after undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation, according to the data, making it one of the most aggressive and deadly forms of cancer that humans, and men in particular, currently face.
But researchers from the University of Minnesota, through a grant provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), have made an incredible discovery with regards to the T. wilforii herb that could change the way cancer is treated. After administering triptolide onto human pancreatic cancer cells and tissue in a culture, the research team noticed that the extract decreased expression of a protein known as GRP78 that protects cells against death, including pancreatic cancer cells.
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