Can "tree bark" Cure Cancer?

By Kelly Granite Enck
There is a man who lives in the small village of Narasipura, India who has been treating people with cancer using tree bark

His name is Vaidya Narayana Murthy and he was featured in a documentary on Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is the ancient medicine native to India, and the word comes from (Sanskritआयुर्वेदĀyurveda, "the knowledge for long life." The earliest  literature on Indian medical practice appeared during the Vedic period in India, in the mid-second millennium BCE. The Suśruta Saṃhitā and the Charaka Saṃhitā, encyclopedias of medicine compiled from various sources from the mid-first millennium BCE to about 500 CE."[4] Ayurveda
People come from all over the world to see Dr. Murthy, often after hearing "…there is nothing more medically to be done to cure you of cancer." The good news is Dr. Murthy's success rate is 90 percents and his drug is natural—wise old trees. I understand the importance of nutrients after becoming a Raw Foodist.  Even my thoughts have changed on an all live diet. What the cells in a sick body need is more nutrients to fight off cancer and these are found in abundance in layers and layers of hundred-year-old trees. The bark protects the tree, by acting as a shield to protect the vascular cambium, phloem, and xylem which are located just under the bark. Most bark is safe to eat, but conifers and other "pines" type trees are toxic to rabbits.

In the documentary on Ayurveda, real medical doctors testing the tree bark that Murthy used to treat patients with varieties forms of cancers. They found the tree bark— kills leukemia cells. Murthy is currently treating nearly 700 people a day, who line up in front of his small village home. 

                                                                  Vaidya's Healing Hands

Murthy listens intently for a couple of minutes and looks at their medical lab slips before offering them the bark as medicine for 15 to 30 days, depending on their ailment. Some donate money into a small box, but his service is entirely free. The source of his medicine is primarily from different kinds of plants and herbs which he personally collects from a nearby forest.  (woody stems, roots and barks) Murthy gives instructions on how to ingest the bark. I believe one of the inner red barks he uses is from the Lapacho family of trees. I have added a YouTube below to share this incredible story. Click the photo a couple time to pop it up and play it.

Lapacho" is also a collective term for various species of  Tabebuia one of the barks used for treating cancer. 

Lapacho tea
Lapacho or Taheebo is a herbal tea made from the inner bark of Pink IpêTabebuia impetiginosa. It is also sold under more ambiguous and possibly misleading names like "Ipes", "Ipê", "Pau d'arco", "Ipe Roxo", or "Trumpet Bush".
The following Scientific Information on Lapacho
 is from Dr. Daniel B. Mowry, PhD—

Lapacho is an evergreen tree, with rosy colored flowers, belonging to the Bignonia family. Nearly 100 species of lapacho trees are known, but only a few of these yield high-quality material, and it takes extremely skilled gatherers to tell the difference. (Half or more of the battle involved in bringing high-quality lapacho to the marketplace is finding and retaining qualified gatherers.) The medicinal part of the tree is the bark, specifically the inner lining of the bark, called the phloem (pronounced floam). The use of whole bark, containing the dead wood, naturally dilutes the activity of the material. Lapacho is also known by the Portuguese name of Pau D'Arco, and by tribal names such as Taheebo and Ipe Roxo.

Once the therapeutic activity of those constituents has been thoroughly investigated, perhaps researchers will turn their attention to the phloem. Until then, it is probably safe to assume that the living bark contains a similar set of active constituents as the heartwood plus some others that make it more effective and would account for the living bark's greater popularity as a folk medicine. Traditionally, as anyone who chooses to examine the herbal literature of the world can verify, it is the living bark of a plant, especially a tree or a shrub, that is used medicinally--not the heartwood. The reason is simple: the nutrients and representative families of chemical substances used to sustain the life of the tree are found in greatest concentration in the cambium layer and phloem of the living bark.

Pull the bark off a tree and you will notice moist, very thin layers of tissue that seem to shred when picked at with the hands. This is the cambium layer. Its purpose is to create new tree tissues, such as phloem, through cell division. The newest, youngest phloem cells are just outside the cambium. As new phloem is added, older cells are crushed and pressed into the bark. Younger, newer cells added to the inside of the cambium layer are called xylem. Newer xylem is called sapwood; older xylem is crushed and pressed into the heart of the tree. It is therefore known as heartwood. The actively conducting tissues of a tree are the thin layers of fresh xylem and phloem on each side of the cambium. 

The following is a summary of some of the effects of lapacho and/or any of its constituents that have been validated by modern research: 

1. Laxative effect.

2. Anti-cancer effect. 
Leukemia has proven particularly susceptible to the application of lapacho and several of its constituents. Some researchers feel that lapachol is one of the most important anti-tumor agents in the entire world. Part of the effectiveness of lapacho may stem from its observed ability to stimulate the production of red blood cells in bone marrow. Increased red blood cell production would improve the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.

3. Anti-oxidant effect. In vitro trials show definite inhibition of free radicals and inflammatory leukotrienes by lapacho constituents. This property might underlie the effectiveness of lapacho against skin cancer and definitely helps to explain observed anti-aging effects.

4. Analgesic effect.  Arthritic pain has also been relieved with lapacho ingestion.

5. Antimicrobial/anti-parasiticidal effects. includes inhibition and destruction of gram-positive and acid-fast bacteria (B. subtilis, M. pyogenes aureus, etc.5-8), yeasts, fungi, viruses and several kinds of parasites. Two troublesome families of viruses inhibited by lapachol are noteworthy: Herpes viruses and HIV's. Together, these viruses account for much of the misery of mankind.

6. Anti-fungal effect.

7. Anti-inflammatory.

The FDA gave lapacho a clean bill of health in 1981."One should be careful, using the Lapacho internal. Don't overdose Lapacho tea and don't drink it longer than six weeks without break. 
Seek Medical Advice Before experimenting with treebank for cancer, or any other illness.

Below is information on how to reach Dr. Vaidya Narayana Murthy, and a website for the full story behind tree bark. All the scientific information in this blog was obtained, from Dr. Mowry. You can reach Shimoga from Bangalore via bus or train, around 280 km. From Shimoga, you can reach Narasipura by public or private transport. Popularly known as Vaidya Narayana Murthy, around 62 years of age, and is from a small village called Narasipura, which is around 50 km from Shimoga, Karnataka, India. He is also known as Battru in the area. No prior appointment or any sort of contact required to see Murthy. Service is provided on the first-come-first-serve basis starting early morning 7 every Sundays and Thursdays.You can talk to Narayana Murthy by phone, but Sundays and Thursdays he will be busy with his work.

Phone Number: (+91) 08183 258033.
Research Source Used for this Blog:
Dr. Daniel B. Mowry, PhD

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