While the medical community continues to search for the elusive cure to one of the most dreadful diseases that afflicts mankind, the answers may be exactly where God had intended them to be — in nature with no added chemicals or compounds. Many supposed miracle cures have emerged through the years, but none have been conclusively declared as the cure to cancer.
Everything began at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev when researchers discovered that the lemon aroma in herbs like lemon grass kills cancer cells in vitro but leaving healthy cells unharmed. The research team was led by Dr. Rivka Ofir and Prof. Yakov Weinstein from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the BGU. The key components that provide the lemony aroma and taste in herbal plants such as lemon grass, Melissa, and Verbena, is Citral. The study discovered that Citral causes cancer cells to commit suicide or what is called “apoptosis.” A drink with as little as one gram of lemon grass contains enough Citral to lead cancer cells into this programmed cell death in the test tube. Findings were published in the scientific journal “Planta Medica.”
Nobody knows for certain how it works, but the BGU scientists theorize that each cell in our body has a genetic program that causes cell death. It is this very program that Citral triggers with cancer cells. Because of this, fresh lemon grass fields in Israel are now the destination of cancer patients. Even doctors have began to recommend to their cancer patients drinking of at least 8 glasses of hot lemon grass tea. Some recommend it before their radiation or chemotherapy treatments.
Regardless if the research is valid, drinking lemon grass tea is not harmful to the body. This is definitely an alternative treatment to cancer that is worth considering.