Can this herb/chemo combination really cure cancer?

April 18, 2015
Volume 5    |   Issue 32

On Wednesday, I told you about Kathy, a friend who developed aggressive breast cancer. She had suffered through the ravages of chemotherapy, only to have her cancer come roaring back. When it did, she asked for my help. I took her to see a doctor who treated her with a unique drug called Ukrain. Ukrain is a combination of the weed greater celandine and the chemo drug thiotepa.

After only a few weeks on Ukrain, Kathy went to see her regular oncologist. He was not happy that she wasn't using his chemo and fully expected the cancer to have spread throughout her body. When he saw that the cancer was actually receding, he was shocked. He said, "Whatever you're doing, keep it up."

Well, she did for a while. The doctor I took her to used a variety of treatments on her. But she could tell a huge difference in how her body felt after the Ukrain treatments. She told me, "Steve, I'm convinced the Ukrain is keeping me alive." Sadly, Ukrain is expensive. And insurance doesn't cover it. We were able to raise some funds for her. But when the money ran out, she wasn't able to continue the treatment.

She went back to her oncologist and resumed regular chemo. Within a few weeks, she died. Her husband later told me that it wasn't the cancer that killed her. It was the chemo.

Kathy's story is tragic. She had access to a treatment that worked. But because of our medical bureaucracy, she couldn't use it. The FDA has yet to approve Ukrain, except as an orphan drug for use on pancreatic cancer. Research in the U.S. is fairly limited, so it hasn't made inroads to approval as fast as we would like.

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Kathy had an exceptional response to Ukrain. Like all drugs, this isn't the case for everyone. Some people find that the greater celandine doesn't blunt the chemo side effects enough. So they experience nausea, thirst, fever, and swelling or bleeding in the tumor area. The site says you might also experience dizziness, depression, insomnia, sleepiness, general fatigue, restlessness, apathy and especially at the beginning of therapy, increased fluid requirement, increased urination, tension, tingling sensations, stabbing pains, itching, feeling of warmth, burning and/or dragging pains in the tumor area, heavy perspiration and shivering. However, most people don't experience any side effects – or very few. And they're usually minor compared to normal chemotherapy.

Finding Ukrain can be tricky. You have to find a doctor who is willing to order it from overseas and administer it. If your doctor is willing to do so, they can contact Nowicky Pharma (FZE) at or for information on how to order it. Ukrain has been designated as an Orphan Drug for pancreatic cancer in the U.S. (Designation Request #03-1693). So your doctor might be able to learn more about it under this designation. You also can travel to Mexico, Eastern Europe, or the United Arab Emirates, where it is an approved cancer medication. You'll want to do a lot of research on the clinics prior to making such a huge investment in time and resources. Some clinics, especially in Mexico, are highly suspect. But there are some good ones.

Unfortunately, taking greater celandine all by itself will not likely have these same effects. It's not a cancer cure all by itself. While it does have some fantastic health benefits, greater celandine can be toxic. One study found that it can cause acute hepatitis. So I don't recommend you take it unless you're under the direct supervision of a doctor.

Your insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.

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