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Natural Help for Ovarian Cancer

by Tony Isaacs

Ovarian cancer is a nonspecific term for a variety of cancers that originate in the ovaries. There are about 20 microscopically distinct types. Though difficult to detect in the very early stages, once diagnosed ovarian cancer is often easy to treat in the beginning.  The difficulty comes with keeping ovarian cancer vanquished permanently, particularly when opting for mainstream treatment methods.

Of the mainstream methods, surgery is the preferred treatment and usually the most successful - but even then the cancer often re-occurs time after time, eventually spreading to other parts of the body and most often resulting in eventual death, though many people are able to live with ovarian cancer for many years.

While my suggested "Natural Protocol for Beating Cancer", which features oleander as a main centerpiece and has many other potent cancer fighters and immune boosters as well as dietary and lifestyle advice, has been extremely effective cancers of all kinds, NO treatment has been found anywhere that is 100% effective for all cancers for all people - and some cancers may require additional measures when they prove resistant to the protocol.  For some people, ovarian cancer may be one such cancer.

Note that in the "Natural Protocol for Beating Cancer" one supplement in particular has been effective against ovarian cancer - RM-10 Mushroom Immune Defense available from iHerb.com (and you can use the referral code XOT949  for $5 off your first order at iHerb)

Following is some additional information which may be helpful in fighting ovarian cancer in addition to the information in my main protocol.

Note: The following information is in addition to the information contained in my suggested anti-cancer protocol and it is highly recommended that anyone with ovarian or any other form of cancer also take a good look at the protocol and follow it as completely as possible.  If you are following the protocol, DO NOT omit any items on the protocol, but instead consider adding some of the ones listed here. Though some of the following items are included in the suggested overall protocol, they are also included below to emphasize their potential usefulness for ovarian cancer.

Recommended Supplements and Herbs for Ovarian Cancer:

The Agaricus Blazei Murrill Mushroom (ABM Mushroom)

Known as "The Mushroom of God", the Agaricus Blazei Murrill mushroom is my favorite cancer fighting mushroom. Many, many people have beaten cancer through use of this mushroom alone. Large studies in both Great Britain and Japan found that the ABM mushroom had the highest amount of beta glucans of any other mushrooms in the world. Studies have also shown the ABM to stimulate the immune system and promote natural mechanisms to battle infectious disease and cancers. ABM stimulates lymphocyte T-cell and Helper T-cell production. The polysaccharide contained in ABM stimulates production of interferon and interleukin that indirectly function to destroy and prevent the proliferation of cancer cells. Additionally, ABM turned out to be a very powerful antiviral agent preventing viruses from entering tissues.

Normally, the polysaccharides found in fungus only affect solid cancers, however the polysaccharide in ABM is effective against Ehrich's ascites carcinoma, sigmoid colonic cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, and liver cancer as well as against solid cancers.

In Japan, ABM, in an injectable form, was found to eliminate all cancerous tumors in 90% of the experimental mice. Additionally, when the mice were fed ABM as a preventative and then injected with a very powerful cancer causing agent (Sarcoma 180), 99.4% of them showed no tumor growth. Conventional medicine has no preventive this powerful.

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Bindweed (Convolulus arvensis)

Available in capsules and tincture forms bindweed is a potent angiogenesis inhibitor for all forms of cancer, including ovarian cancer.  Bindweed was brought to the attention of alternative cancer advocates when a woman ovarian cancer survivor told her story of survival to a well known cancer clinic:

Following diagnosis, the woman, concerned with orthodox therapies, independently sought an alternative treatment. The decision to look elsewhere was not difficult because the woman's mother had died 7 years earlier with the same disease and doctors felt the daughter's chances of survival equally bleak (giving her less than one year to live).

The woman traveled to Oklahoma where a shaman gave her a tincture of Bindweed with instructions to use the substance daily. (Bindweed, a common garden weed, is a bane to farmers.) The woman testified that after using Bindweed for 1 year, her abdomen returned to a normal size. Asymptomatic, she returned to her physician, who after a battery of tests pronounced her cancer-free.

The clinic's team began assays to determine the beneficial properties of Bindweed. Its mode of operation was puzzling because it appeared ineffective at killing tumor cells and only modestly efficient at improving immune function. After nearly 4 years of searching, it was determined that Bindweed bestows its antitumor advantage by inhibiting angiogenesis, a process that restrains (tumor) blood vessel formation. A chaotic vascular system is a common property of malignant tissue. So important is the blood vessel network, tumor cells participate in their own survival by secreting cytokines that develop and sustain the vascular pipeline. Tumor growth requires an adequate supply of blood vessels; robbed of its vascular system, the tumor starves and shrinks and, in some cases, completely disappears. It was determined that Bindweed was about 100 times more effective than shark cartilage (by weight) at inhibiting angiogenesis (Meng et al. 2002).

Source: Life Extension Foundation

Selenium (in the form methylselenocysteine)

Selenium is a powerful cancer fighter that also protects the liver and is essential for proper iodine utilization. Most women who get ovarian cancer are deficient in selenium,  The generally recommended dose without medical supervision is 200 to 400 mcg daily, although nutritionally-oriented physicians may use as much as 900 to 2,000 mcg selenium from methylselenocysteine daily as part of a comprehensive cancer treatment protocol.


Tumeric (found in the common spice Curcumin) has been shown to be effective against a wide variety of cancers, including ovarian, and is meriting more and more attention among alternative cancer advocates as well as mainstream medicine - which it well deserves. Among many anti-cancer benefits, it activates gene p53 and prevents inflammation. To fight cancer, 2500 to 3000 mg per day is recommended, divided into two to three doses and taken either with meals or with bromelain as described below. To help with absorption, take with 10 mg of bioperine or else with coconut oil and a bit of ground black pepper.

Vitamin K (Best when taken in the natural form Vitamin K1)

Vitamin K is found in many foods.  Leafy, dark green and deep yellow vegetables are the best sources.  Tests have shown that Vitamin K can stop and sometimes shrink tumor growths in many forms of cancer, including breast, ovary, colon, stomach and kidney as well as primary and squamous cell carcinomas of the lungs. Vitamin K causes ovarian cancer cells to self destruct when used in a combination with high dosages of Vitamin C.  The generally recommended dose amounts for adult women are 35 mg or more along with 3000 mg or more of vitamin C in divided doses.

Note:  Since Vitamin K is a blood clotting agent (the K comes from the German "koagulation") people who are on blood thinners such as Warfarin (aka coumadin) or otherwise have concerns about blood clotting should not supplement with Vitamin K without consulting a medical professional.


Quercetin is a powerful anti-cancer agent which stops chemical signals that give ovarian cancer cells a growth advantage over healthy cells. Green peppers are full of quercetin. In supplement form, the generally recommended dose is 125-250 mg 3 times daily, between meals. Note: the centerpiece of the oleander extract contains small amounts of quercetin. Do not take quercetin with cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimunne) or nifedipine (Procardia).


Increases production of immune-system chemical interleukin-2 (IL -2), which fights cancer and the human papilloma virus (HPV). Activates gene pS3. The generally recommended dose is 500-1,000 mg 3 times daily.

Espinheira Santa

Espinheira santa is a small, shrubby evergreen tree native to many parts of South America and southern Brazil which has an extensive history of use in tribal and herbal medicine.  Among it's reported actions are: inhibits tumors, kills cancer & leukemia cells, cleanses blood, reduces acid, prevents ulcers, kills germs, relieves pain, aids digestion, increases urination, detoxifies, promotes menstruation, and is mildly laxative.  It has specifically been shown to slow the growth of ovarian tumors. As a decoction (tea) the usual amount taken is 1 cup 2 to 3 times daily. As a capsule extract, the generally recommended dose is 1 to two grams daily or as directed on the label.

Milk thistle

Milk thistle extracts inhibit growth of ovarian cancer cells and prevent angiogenesis. Also helps protect and regenerate the liver.  The generally recommended dose is from 400 to 1000 mg or more per day.

Green tea Catechin Extract

Deactivates plasmin, which helps tumors spread. The generally recommended dose is 250-500 mg daily.


Carotenoids are a large group (up to 800 carotenoids) of fat soluble pigments widely distributed in plants and animals, expecially in orange, red, yellow and green plants and fruits. Forget the mainstream studies warning of beta carotene, which used a synthetic form in their tests. To quote one study conducted in Poland: "Carotenoids act as chemopreventive agents, irrespective of whether they are finally transformed into vitamin A, and may represent a potentially powerful alternative to present chemotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of ovarian cancer." Best when taken as a naturally derived multiple caretenoid product such as noted Dr. Ray Sahelian's Caretenoids Complex supplement available from Physician Formulas .

Other Supplements to Consider:

  • Mistletoe loranthus or mulberry mistletoe. Greatly increases survival time in advanced ovarian cancer. Use only under professional supervision.

  • PSK tablets. Simulates production of immune agent IL -2. From the Turkeytail mushroom (coriolus versicolor mushroom). The generally recommended dose is 6,000 mg daily.

  • Plant polyphenols such as resveratrol in tablet/supplement form. Resveratrol is a type of polyphenol called a phytoalexin, a class of compounds produced as part of a plant's defense system against disease which is produced in the plant in response to an invading fungus, stress, injury, infection or ultraviolet irradiation. Resveratrol has been shown to reduce tumor incidence in animals by affecting one or more stages of cancer development, including ovarian cancer. Red wine contains high levels of resveratrol, as do grapes, raspberries, peanuts and other plants.

  • Though I am no fan of soy, soy isoflavone has been shown to interrupt multiplication of ovarian cancer cells. The generally recommended  anti-cancer dosage is 3,000 mg daily.

  • Artemisinin is effective against a wide variety of cancers as shown in a series of successful experiments. The most effective is leukemia and colon cancer. Intermediate activities were also shown against melanoma, breast, ovarian, prostate, CNS and renal cancer.

Herbs to Avoid:

Web sources have indicated that people who have ovarian cancer should avoid dan shen, fennel, licorice and peony.  A few web sources say to not take cordyceps; however, one must note that the outstanding RM-10 Mushroom Immune Defense includes cordyceps and there appears to be a lack of science to back up any warning about cordyceps.  Perhaps the best plan might be to choose the RM-10 and not take cordyceps as a single item.

Dietary and Other Considerations:

For ovarian cancer, be sure to avoid milk and dairy products (other than the cottage cheese used with flaxseed oil in the Budwig diet) especially egg yolks, and be sure to consume healthy oils and fats to enable the other supplements and dietary items to work best. For other dietary advice, do's and don'ts, as well as other cancer fighting supplements and advice, see our Anti-Cancer Protocol.

See also:

A Natural Anti-Cancer Protocol

The Best Years in Life Cancer Alternatives Resource Page

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