An excellent evidence-based resource for information on Maroon Bush and a wide range of other non-mainstream medications and treatments can be found here: http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/maroon-bush.
Cancer Connections Team
Thanks for your posts.
At Cancer Council we support evidence-based treatments for cancer and have reviewed material on the efficacy of Gumbi Gumbi.
Cancer Council has a website which looks at claims related to cancer treatment and assesses them scientifically. This is the page on Gumbi Gumbi which looks at what it is and whether it works to treat cancer: Gumbi Gumbi.
In summary, there is no credible independent scientific evidence that gumbi gumbi extract has any effect on cancer.
This is another great resource from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the US: https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/diagnosis-treatment/symptom-management/integrative-medicine/herbs
We always recommend that if anyone is looking at alternative treatments for cancer either in addition to or in place of evidence-based medical treatment, please discuss these with your medical treating team.
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Indigenous male aggregate life expectancy: 69 years
White male average life expectancy: 80+
(I know that's all messed up by rural health & socio-economic issues, just want to illustrate that it may not be the place to look if you're after a secret to longevity and resistance to illness)
I wouldn't go digging around in the bush for secret berries to cure your disease. Or rather .. do whatever you want to do ........ but also LISTEN to your DOCTORS and if you want to survive, FOLLOW their advice.
If any race / culture has a secret potion, I'd go to Okinawa and eat their fish/vege diet ..
...nice broad stroke there about the connection to Indigenous Life Expectancy and bush medicines.
For your info, these treatments arent "secret berries" nor are they the answer to longevity...
Have a think about why the life expectancy is so low in Indigenous communities (heres a hint, its not because of "secret berries") before you comment on something you dont know about.
While youre at it, how about some words of encouragement and hope to people who are seeking that rather than a fast track reference to painful conventional treatments that companies profit and prosper over.
Let me know if you want to know more about bush medicines and the benefits they provide to Indigenous Australians.
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