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Thunder God Vine - Quackery?

Postby BaldySlaphead » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:10 pm

Just seen a link to an article about a Chinese plant called lei gong teng or the ‘thunder god vine’ and it's alleged ability to wipe out cancer in just 40 days.

The article does seem impressive, and that's obviously one hell of a claim. So much so, that I'm skeptical.

The majority of websites mentioning it also use the words 'Big Pharma'. Some of the URL are dripping with woo juice. However, the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center seems to be a credible institution.

Has anyone seen anything about this?

Chinese Plant Compound Wipes out Cancer in 40 Days, Says New Research

by Anthony Gucciardi,

A little-known plant with a truly bizarre name is now making headlines as a cancer killer, with the compound of the plant vanishing tumors in mice with pancreatic cancer. Known as the ‘thunder god vine’ or lei gong teng, the Chinese plant is actually integrated into Chinese medicine and has been used for ages in remedying a number of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis.

According to the new research out of the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center, the thunder god plant compound led to no signs of tumors after a 40 day period — even after discontinuing the treatment. Published in the journal Science Translational Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health, even the scientists working on the project were stunned by the anti-cancer properties of the compound. Known to contain something known as triptolide, which has been identified as a cancer fighter in previous research, it is thought to be the key component that may be responsible for the anti-tumor capabilities.


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Re: Thunder God Vine - Quackery?

Postby zilch » Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:53 pm

Looks intriguing. We'll see.
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