Video Transcript: The Many Benefits of Withania and Turmeric in Ayurveda
Ty Bollinger: Today, we’re focusing on two Ayurvedic herbs: withania and turmeric. If you’ve been following us for some time now, you’re probably familiar with Ayurvedic practices and its benefits towards healing and preventing cancer. Join Dr. Manuela Boyle for an excerpt of her presentation from last year’s TTAC LIVE Event. She’ll give us a brief overview of the many principles of Ayurvedic healing and then dive deeper into how these herbs work synergistically with your body to promote healing.
Dr. Manuela Boyle: But, nevertheless, there are many herbs from Ayurveda that are highly—that are part of my practices. And why herbs? Because they work synergistically together and apply to those three bodily systems we were just seeing, right? So, this is the only thing, there’s no drugs, pharmaceutical drugs can do that. Herbal has this multifaceted aspect that can actually apply and help in fact, restoring balance and don’t forget cancer is a multifaceted issue. So, herbal is the best you can use in that regard.
So, this is a whole list of herbs with cytotoxic activity. What does it mean “cytotoxic”? It means that they can actually kill cancer in a very selective way. So, in other words, it will not affect the healthy tissues but it will be selectively toxic to the cancers. And it’s, these are old botanical names; they can be tracked and found.
I use a lot of them in my practice and you know, a lot of research behind each and every one of them so I only picked a few. But I would like to draw to your attention. Those are, remember, those are 5000-year-old herbs which, all the time, and especially in the last probably—I don’t know, maybe 10 or 15 years, have come to the attention of the Western system of medicine and researchers. And so, these herbs have been put through what we call double-blind placebo control trials in settings, and the university picked them up, published the, and there we go. Here we have them.
So, one of them is withania. Withania somnifera is a wonderful herb that inhibits proliferation of gastric cancer cells but not just this cancer, many others. This one in particular though was researched, and so I thought to bring it to you. Gastric cancers are deadly cancers, and are difficult cancers to treat. When they are discovered, they are quite advanced and so they deserve a wonderful and attentive system in order to be able to actually reverse the condition.
So here we’re talking about the—not the whole plant but the extract of the plant. And it was done on human—this was not just an animal model, human model. Gastric carcinoma and what it did, it does a cell cycle arrest of G2/M phase. What does it mean? It means it can actually block the cancer cells from developing any further, so it blocks it. So, it’s an anti-metastatic, anti-inflammatory, and of course it does many other types of activities including, and especially including, blocking the proliferation of those cancer cells.
Again, anti-proliferating again in regard to osteosarcoma cells. So, this is an in vitro study, but I have found also in vivo studies. Today I’m bringing this to you, osteosarcoma another difficult cancer and of course it’s quite effective on those as well.
This is just to sum it up because I don’t have a lot time. But just to sum up, have a look at this. This is what, even if you look at the outside, right? This is the end point. This is really at the end what the withania somnifera, what this humble, lovely, beautiful herb actually does. And it creates inhibition of oxidative stressor, so it’s an antioxidant, it’s an activation of tumor suppressive proteins, and so on and so on and you can continue on. But this is all proven, all documented, all researched. Here’s what it looks like, right? Is that cute? It’s beautiful. Withania.
Another one is turmeric. Who knows about turmeric? Everybody, everybody. Well you know, turmeric deserves a lot of love because in both traditional medicine, 5,000 years ago, as well as the more recent—they’re right, it does do something. Well, it does more than something, right?
All the curcuminoids, everything. All those extracted from the plant turmeric, which we also know as Curcuma longa does, has been shown to have a tremendous anti-proliferative, antioxidant, anti-ischemic, anti-cancer and these are all the researchers. I will show the research later on. You can actually read it and follow through.
The properties—like I said, it’s been studied a lot. And so, we have all stages of tumor development; so it’s not just at the beginning of it, it’s not just when it’s, you know, maybe Stage 1, Stage 2. We’re talking about Stage 4 metastatic cancers here. And so, what does it do? It modulates a lot of things. In particular nitric oxide synthetase activity, epidermal growth factor.
There are all sorts of difficult names here, difficult definitions but basically what it is, it is an anti-metastatic, anti-cancer. Turmeric – well it depends how you get it. You can have it fermented which is a wonderful idea. You can have it in liquid extract. You can have it even by infusion and so it depends how, how much you need to use and how far you want to go with that particular herb but it’s available in various aspects.
Okay, once again, great anti-inflammatory and it does induce apoptosis. This is important: every time you see this word here, apoptosis, what does it mean? It means it creates, it induces cancer cell death by implosion. It’s a nice stately and pain free death that these cancer cells have to go through quite differently from the principle of chemotherapy, which is explosion, by creating a lot of what we call necrotic type death.
So, here we go. And this is another one, so if you look at curcuma which is turmeric, right? Everything that’s up here, it stops. Everything that’s down here, it helps. It’s quite a clever herb. Do herbs have intelligence? I think so. I think so. Okay. And, it also regulates—it also regulates cell cycle, right? Cell cycle. It means that if you have cancer and if you have cancer cells, those cells are crazy; they don’t really follow the rules. They do what they like. But by taking them, these types of herbs, like turmeric for example, that regulate the cells, it makes this herb a wonderful and potent preventive type of medicine, right? Preventive. So not only curative, not only during, not only after, but even before. So, it’s a prevention. Try the whole spectrum. Like I said, there’s evidence that supports all of it. So, then what it looks like; it’s yellow. When I’m doing my mixes, my fingers are usually yellow. That’s okay, it’s a good thing. So, this is turmeric.
Many other herbs, I really wanted to bring to you. I’m not advocating that it’s enough and we don’t have to look at nutrition, that we don’t have to look at other type of treatments. We do look at them. Absolutely. It takes more than one thing to conquer cancer, to get rid of cancer, to move forward. There are many things. That’s why I have an amazing team working together.
But for me, the herbs, they still have a very special part in the treatment of my patients and I will forever stay with them. I’ve seen it in action. I’ve seen reversal of cancers. I’ve seen people getting better. I’ve seen people better years after the initial diagnosis. So, for me, I’m forever grateful that we have this possibility. I’m forever grateful to the researchers who have actually made it possible for us to know this. So, our patients are not used as experimental but they are used, they are given things that we know have been given great results to others.
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