Lei gong teng (Tripterygium wilfordii), a chinese plant sometimes called “Thunder God vine”, is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for centuries for individuals with fever, chills, edema and carbuncle. The plant’s ability to cure cancer only recently came into light when researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Centre found that compounds from this plant wiped out pancreatic tumours in mice, and showed no signs of tumours after 40 days or after discontinuing the treatment.
The natural compound, triptolide, found in lei gong teng, has been shown in numerous studies to induce apoptosis (cell death) in cancerous cells. In one study, the apoptosis induced by triptolide was mediated by up-regulating the expression of a gene associated with apoptosis called caspase-3 and bax, making triptolide a potential treatment for cancers of the pancreas.
“This drug is just unbelievably potent in killing tumour cells,” said Ashok Saluja, a vice chairman of research at the Masonic Cancer Centre. “You could see that every day you looked at those mice, the tumour was decreasing and decreasing, and then just gone.”
Unfortunately, researchers have now found a way to isolate triptolide into a new drug called minnelide, which is a modified form of the diterpenoid compound triptolide, isolated from the thunder god vine. Under normal circumstances, Big Pharma would not be able to make any money off the thunder god vine, since you cannot patent nature. With this new drug, minnelide, however, Big Pharma will get a big FDA stamp of approval which will allow the newly patented, nutritionally ruined triptolide to be sold for hundreds and thousands of dollars.
Of course, there is always the option of just going out to the market and grabbing some thunder god vine yourself. I am sure a local asian market or online distributor sells this vine for a fraction of the price that a drug with half the amount of cancer-curing enzyme activity would go for.
To buy lei gong teng, you can order some by clicking HERE.
(1) Hingorani, S., & Potter, J. (2012) Pancreas cancer meets the thunder god. Science Translational Medicine, 4, p.156ps21
(2) Zhou, G., Ding, X., Huang, J., Zhang, H., Wu, S., Cheng, J., & Wei, Q. (2008) Apoptosis of human pancreatic cancer cells induced by Triptolide. World Journal of Gastroenterology, 14, 1504-1509.
My mother mother has ovarian cancer (Stage III) with infiltration in her peritoneum. She is taking a plant called Kalanchoe and taking 30gr of Fresh Ginger Root daily because I’ve read Ginger has cured many people. Is it OK the dosage? I ‘ve read two persons taking 70 gr daily. These persons have a weight of 90kg. My mother is 45kg, so she takes 30gr. What do you think?
Thanks a lot!!
Carly Fraser says
I don’t think any amount of ginger would hurt. I would also suggest fresh turmeric root and soursop.
Hi my father have pancreas cancer stage 4 we are using the pills Lei gong teng and the cannabis oil …. for now he is feeling good
I looked at the site for products and noticed it is also available in tincture, unfortunately I did not see (or overlooked) the dosage recommendations. Is the tea preferred over the tincture? What are the dosage amounts and is it general or is it recommended by weight?
Carly Fraser says
I would probably say tea and tincture are equal, or see what works best for you. As for dosage recommendations, I am not sure. If the website doesn't mention them, perhaps e-mail them and ask.
Great article! Do you know where I can find seeds or plants of the Thunder God vine? I live in Texas and would like to grow this but can’t find any sources. Thanks!
Carly Fraser says
Hmmm, you could try this link? I think you have to e-mail them: https://b-and-t-world-seeds.com/cartall.asp?species=Tripterygium%20wilfordii&sref=447766