We’ve covered numerous reports in HSI over the years on traditional Chinese medicine and the inroads its made as a modern approach to healing. But weve never focused on traditional Vietnamese medicine… until now.
We recently learned about one of its most valuable herbs called crinum latifolium. Apparently, its so revered in Vietnam that it used to be reserved only for royalty and was known both as the Medicine for the Kings Palace and the Royal Female Herb.
Those traditional references actually highlight one of crinum latifolium most unique aspects its ability to help both sexes by targeting prostate and ovarian problems. Crinum latifolium is so established and widely used as a treatment for prostate and ovary diseases in Vietnam that the crops of the herb are generally prohibited from being exported.
Thats why were delighted to introduce Healthy Prostate & Ovary one of the first crinum latifolium products we know of thats recently become available in the UK. As well as crinum latifolium it also contains five other herbs: alisima plantagoquatica, astragalus, momordica charantia, carica papaya leaf, and annona muricata leaf all known for their immune- and energy-boosting effects.
Promising results in the fight against prostate cancer
Although most of the research on crinum latifolium focuses on men, it all started when the Hoang family studied its effect on ovarian health. Dr. Kha Hoang was the Chief Teacher and medical doctor for the Vietnamese royal family. In 1984 his daughter had so many cysts on one of her ovaries that surgery was planned to remove it. Dr. Hoang gave her a tea made with crinum latifolium leaves to drink, and about six weeks later the cysts were gone.
Today, three generations of the Hoang family are integrated medicine practitioners. The family has used crinum latifolium together with other supportive herbs in treating a variety of prostate and ovarian conditions. Biopsies confirmed 16 cases of advanced prostate cancer were completely cured regardless of prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels. In fact, sometimes PSA levels go up in men taking crinum, even though testing shows that their prostate cells are normal and healthy.
That is exactly what happened to Ken Malik, the co-founder and Executive Director of the Prostate Awareness Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in San Francisco in the US. In his own battle with prostate cancer, Malik chose to take the natural approach opting for a therapeutic regime of nutrition and exercise. He also used the herbal supplement PC Spes for eight years and found doing so stabilised his condition.
PC Spes was a herbal formula that showed remarkable results in treating prostate problems. Recently though, it was pulled from the market after researchers discovered that some PC Spes products claiming to be all-natural actually contained synthetic, potentially harmful substances. Malik began his search for a replacement, which led him to crinum latifolium (Healthy Prostate & Ovary).
92.6 per cent success rate when it comes to reducing BPH symptoms
Malik started taking crinum latifolium in January 2002 and, over the course of the next 10 months, his PSA actually increased. Most of the time, this would be cause for concern. But Maliks most recent biopsy showed only healthy tissue. His experience might add some support to recent reports that claim the PSA test might not be the best indicator of prostate cancer risk. Malik was excited enough about his own experience to organise a small informal trial with 10 members of the Prostate Awareness Foundation.
Participants were told to take nine crinum tablets each day for three months. All 10 noted some kind of functional improvement. Not everyone experiences elevated PSA levels using crinum. Sometimes its benefits follow a more predictable path, like the testimonial from a 58-year-old man who had a PSA of 93 when he went to his urologist for treatment. He’d waited so long that his cancer had spread to his bones, intestines, and lymph nodes. He was placed on an aggressive herbal programme that included crinum latifolium. After just four months, his PSA was down to 0.9 and the symptoms hed been experiencing – difficulty urinating, swelling in his legs, and extreme fatigue – had all disappeared.
Crinum latifolium can also help alleviate the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) an enlarged prostate. The main symptom of BPH is frequent and sometimes painful urination. There are over 500 individual case histories of successful crinum latifolium treatment for BPH. And after seven years of research, the International Hospital in Vietnam reported that 92.6 per cent of patients had good results using crinum latifolium for BPH (confirmed by measurements of prostate size and clinical evaluation by urologists).
Crinum latifolium may help reverse PCOS symptoms like low libido
Clinical research on women taking crinum latifolium is much more sparse, but HSI talked to Dr. Tom Dorman who has seen promising results after prescribing crinum latifolium for his female patients suffering from specific disorders, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
He recounted one case history of a woman who came to his office looking for help with her PCOS symptoms, which included irregular periods, decreased sex drive, weight loss, and excessive facial hair growth stimulated by an increase in male hormones.
After two months of taking crinum latifolium, her menstruation and weight normalised, her facial hair diminished, and her sex drive returned. This account is even more remarkable when you consider that crinum latifolium was the only treatment she was using. Although this one case can’t confirm that ccrinum latifolium is responsible for the health benefits, it does suggest that it may provide an option for women.
Boosts immunity by encouraging your cells to communicate
Researchers believe crinum latifolium works at the simplest level your cells. The human body contains about 70 trillion cells, which each maintain their own existence and make vital contributions to your health. But in order for your body to function properly, all of those cells must communicate.
For instance, your muscles must contract only when your brain sends a message to contract and not at any other time. Cells also communicate with one another to determine the correct balance of cell proliferation and apoptosis, or death. Basically, theyre constantly working together to regulate how many cells you have and how healthy they are at any given moment.
But if your cells aren’t communicating properly, apoptosis may not happen the way it should, which means that unhealthy, even cancerous, cells can continue to thrive and mutate. Recent experiments show that crinum latifolium extract helps cells produce a substance called neopterin, which they send out to communicate with immune cells, calling them into action against cancer and other foreign invaders.
What to take for best results
The recommended dosage for Healthy Prostate & Ovary is three 600mg tablets taken three times a day. If youre battling cancer or any other serious illness, it is important that you consult your doctor before using this product.
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