Consider one of my favorite medicinal herbs, poke root, Phytolacca which by the way has a common nickname of “cancer root”. I have long made a DMSO tincture of the fresh root to very successful results. One will see mostly warnings out on the internet and in herbal texts against its use, but I am a great fan of it and I am happy to see a wonderful page on the subject by Shabari Bird. Read what she has to say at:
“In 1973, I was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I left Sloan-Kettering Hospital in shock. I was twenty-four years old and an up and rising woman stock broker. My heart longed for nature and I decided to move to my parent’s summer cabin in the Blue ridge Mountains of North Georgia. I had wisely decided to fight back this death sentence. I chose the Gerson regime and fasted on carrot and other vegetable juices for nearly a year. During this time I started my first ever garden. As I planted the veggies and flowers I dug up huge, sometimes four feet long roots.
I had been befriended by some local elders who were teaching me about plants and herbs. Unwisely I decided to put this mystery root in my juicer with carrots. Within thirty minutes I was hallucinating and then came vomiting and frothy diarrhea. This went on for almost eight hours. My neighbors came and sat on the bed and helped the best they could. Since they knew I had cancer, they had assumed I was dying. During that time, I assumed I was dying, in fact I felt so badly, I would have preferred death. Well, death did not come. In fact two weeks later, I was in better health than for the previous two years and all my lymphatic swellings and tenderness in my spleen had completely disappeared. My neighbors commented that I looked and acted like a new and different person.
What was this powerful and magic root? Poke (Ink Plant) root with the genus name of Phytolacca. This plant has become my ally for the forty years since then. I have spent time every year since then studying it, how to use it, how to heal with it, how to harvest it and how to grow it.
My old time Cherokee Medicine teacher had told me about using Poke for Bone Spurs. In the past five years over thirty people I know have successfully dissolved Bone Spurs in the neck, spine and feet using three dried Pokeberries a day for one month.”