Not just Holistic, but how to use E: All of the Above!

I made this blog because I did tons of research on success stories and research worldwide and used it on my dog with nasal cancer named Lucy. So, now my hobby is molecular biology. The treatment uses combination of health store supplements, some prescription meds, diet changes, and specific Ayurvedic and Chinese medicinal herbs. I just wanted her to have a better quality of life. I thought this combination of E: All the Above (except no radiation or chemo and surgery for this cancer was not an option) would help that for sure, but it actually put her bleeding nasal cancer in remission!
My approach to cancer is about treating the whole animals biologic system. But I do hate the word 'Holistic'. Sounds like hoo hoo. This is science based, research based data and results of using active herbal compounds that happen to be readily available and common. Some call it Nutriceuticals. Others may call it Orthomolecular cancer therapy. Or Cancer Immunotherapy.
-Slow cancer cell reproduction
-Make cancer cells become easier targets for the immune system
-Kill the cancer cells
-Rid the cancer cells
-Remove the toxins it produces
- Stimulate and Modulate the immune system
-Control secondary symptoms like bleeding, infection, inflammation, mucous, appetite, or pain for a better feeling animal
-Working with your vet for exams and prescriptions that are sometimes needed when conditions are acute.
Just by using a multi-modal treatment approach that is as diverse in attack as possible. Both conventional and natural.
The body conditions that allowed it to develop in the first place must be corrected. If caught early enough, like with Lucy, this ongoing maintenance correctional treatment is all that was required at this point to achieve, so far, more than 10 TIMES the life expectancy given (more than 60 months) after diagnosis WITH remission. I did not use radiation or chemotherapy or surgery.
I hope this cancer research can help your dog as well.

My Lucy

My Lucy
In Loving Memory my Lucy December 2016
CURRENT STATUS - It was for more than 5 YEARS after Lucy was diagnosed by biopsy in March 2011 with nasal cancer that she lived. And she was in remission for 4 of 5 years using no radiation or chemo! Now multiply that by 7 to be 35 years extended!! She was 12.5 years old - equivalent to almost 90 human years old. She ended her watch December 1, 2016. I miss her so much.

December 2, 2012

Astragalus Root for Cancer and the immune system

Clinical Summary
Astragalus root works by stimulating several factors of the immune system

Astragalus root is widely used in Traditional Chinese medicine for its tonifying properties. Studies done in China suggest that astragalus, when used with angelica, has reno protective effects (6). In addition, astragalus decreases the proteinuria associated with idiopathic membranous nephropathy (7) and exhibits natriuretic action (8). Astragalus may also suppress airway hyper reactivity associated with allergic asthma in vivo (9). It also increases M-cholinergic receptor density in senile rats (11), which suggests that it may have a role in combating senility. Astragalus extract acts as a nerve-growth promoting factor in vitro and in vivo (17), and alleviates obstructive uropathy in mice in combination Angelica sinensis and standard care (18).
An herbal formula containing astragalus as a major ingredient has been shown to reduce fatigue in athletes (10).

Astragalus extracts inhibit tumor growth (5), delay chemical-induced hepatocarcinogenesis in rats (4), and have antiangiogenic property (19). In vitro, animal, and anecdotal human data show that astragalus reduces immune suppression, a side effect of chemotherapy (1) (2), and may also enhance the effects of platinum-based chemotherapy (3).
Conclusions from a meta-analysis suggest benefits of astragalus-based treatments for hepatocellular cancers, but data need to be evaluated in larger, well designed trials (16).
Improvement in quality of life was reported following use of an injectable form of astragalus with vinorelbine and cisplatin in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) (20). However, it is not known whether orally administered astragalus will exert the same effect.

Purported Uses

    Cardiovascular disease
    Chemotherapy side effects
    Common cold
    HIV and AIDS
    Microbial infection
    Strength and stamina
    Astragalus root also prevents bone loss and shows osteogenesis ability! Many cancer soften and destroy bone, such as in nasal cancer and bone cancers.


    Triperpenoid saponins (cycloastragenol, astragaloside I to VIII, and cyclocanthoside)
    Cycloartane triterpene
    Amino acids

Mechanism of Action

Astragalus works by stimulating several factors of the immune system. The polysaccharides potentiate the immune-mediated antitumor activity of interleukin-2 in vitro (13), improve the responses of lymphocytes from normal subjects and cancer patients, enhance the natural killer (NK) cell activity of normal subjects, and potentiate the activity of monocytes (14), increasing phagocytosis perhaps by regulating tumor necrosis factor (TNF) production (5). The saponins potentiate NK cell activity and restore steroid-inhibited NK cell activity in vitro. They also increase phagocytosis and demonstrate hepatoprotective effects on chemically-induced liver injury in vitro (6) and in vivo (4). Chinese studies suggest that astragalus, when used with angelica, has renal protective effects by mediating gene expression. Astragaloside IV, a saponin constituent, increases tissue-type plasminogen activator (t-PA) synthesis and downregulates the expression of plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1) (21). Astragalus increases M-cholinergic receptor density in senile rats, suggesting that astragalus may have a role in combating brain senility (11). An herbal formula containing astragalus can reduce fatigue in athletes by increasing uptake and utility of oxygen (10).

Adverse Reactions
Adverse effects have not been reported.

Traditional Chinese medicine Astragalus reverses predominance of Th2 cytokines and their up-stream transcript factors in lung cancer patients.
Oncol Rep. 2003.
Th2 cytokine is predominant in tumor patients and was found to be associated with tumor progression. Reversing of Th2 dominant status is thought to be a promising strategy. Our results demonstrate that traditional Chinese medicine Astragalus might reverse the Th2 predominant status in lung cancer patients, which is a probable alternative therapeutic regime in future.

Literature Summary and Critique

Most of the clinical trials on astragalus were conducted in China using multiple-herbal formulas that contain astragalus as the major component. The selection of herbs is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Wu P, Dugoua JJ, Eyawo O, Mills EJ. Traditional Chinese Medicines in the treatment of hepatocellular cancers: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Exp Clin Cancer Res. 2009 Aug 12;28:112.
This analysis included 45 randomized controlled trials of oral TCM preparations for hepatocellular cancers and involved 3,236 patients. Survival, tumor response, and performance scores were examined. The authors report that products containing ginseng, astragalus and mylabris had a larger treatment effect (OR 1.34, 95% CI, 1.04-1.71, P = 0.01) than the pooled broad estimate. They observed a similar pattern for  astragalus-based treatments (OR 1.35, 95% CI, 1.001-1.80. P = 0.048).
Astragalus and other TCM products may be effective against hepatocellular cancers. However, the methodology of trials was poor; all the studies were conducted in China and publication bias in favor of only positive reports is likely. The results should be evaluated in well designed trials.

McCulloch M, et al. Astragalus-based Chinese herbs and platinum-based chemotherapy for advanced non-small-cell lung cancer: Meta-analysis of randomized trials. J clin Oncol 2006;24(3):419-430.
This analysis sought to determine whether Chinese herbal medicine containing Astragalus increases the effectiveness of platinum-based chemotherapy for advanced non-small-cell-lung cancer. Thirty-four randomized studies involving 2,815 patients were analyzed. Results suggest that when used in conjunction with platinum-based chemotherapy, Astragalus-based medicine improved survival, tumor response, performance status, and reduced chemotherapy toxicity when compared with chemotherapy alone.
However, the low quality of the studies analyzed is a drawback and the results are therefore, not conclusive. Well-designed studies are warranted.

Taixiang W, et al. Chinese medical herbs for chemotherapy side effects in colorectal cancer patients (Review). The Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2005; (1):CD004540.
Four clinical trials were included in this review to assess the effectiveness of Astragalus (Huangqi) compounds on the quality of life, side effects of chemotherapy, and on adverse effects in colorectal cancer patients. A decoction of Huangqi compounds was used in combination with chemotherapy in three studies, whereas the fourth study compared Huangqi compounds with two other Chinese herbal formulas. Patients who were given Huangqi compounds experienced a reduction in nausea and vomiting along with a decrease in the rate of leucopenia and an increase in CD3, CD4 and CD8 subsets of T-lymphocytes when compared to those treated with chemotherapy alone in the three studies or with other Chinese formulas in the fourth study.
Use of Chinese herbal medicine along with chemotherapy appears promising for patients with colorectal cancer; however, a major limitation of this review is that it includes only four studies and the studies are of poor quality. Further properly designed trials are needed to confirm these observations.

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I give Lucy one Swansonvitamins Astragalus Root capsule in her PM meal.