Herbs can aid cancer
Chemotherapy said to be easier Enquirer.com
BY TIM BONFIELD
About 50 Greater Cincinnati cancer patients and their relatives
received a modern introduction Saturday to an ancient herbal
formula from India that proponents say can help reduce the side
effects of chemotherapy.
The two-part product, Maharishi Amrit Kalash, is a paste and a
tablet that includes extracts of 44 herbs and fruits. Amrit Kalash
is already sold at some local health food stores as an “herbal
super antioxidant” that can boost energy, improve feelings of
wellness and resist the physical effects of aging.
On Saturday, however, a large group gathered at the Wellness
Community headquarters in Kenwood to hear what Amrit Kalash can do
for cancer patients. They heard from Dr. Hari Sharma, a professor
emeritus from Ohio State University, and Dr. Christine
Horner-Taylor, a plastic surgeon who does reconstructive surgery
for breast cancer patients.
Dr. Horner-Taylor told the group she has become a believer in
ayurvedic medicine, a traditional Indian system of medicine with
roots tracing back 5,000 years. She personally takes Amrit Kalash,
practices transcendental meditation and has sought treatments at
ayurvedic clinics. “I tell all of my patients about this now,” Dr.
Horner-Taylor said. “(In Western medicine) all we are taught is how
to treat disease. We have no idea how to help people stay
Dr. Sharma said Amrit Kalash is an antioxidant that's “1,000 times
stronger, weight-for-weight” than vitamins C or E. In animal tests,
Dr. Sharma said the product prevented breast cancer tumors from
forming and sometimes eliminated tumors. However, Dr. Sharma said
there have not been similar findings in humans.
Instead, human testing has involved a few hundred cancer patients
in India, all of whom were taking chemotherapy. The patients were
tracked primarily to see whether Amrit Kalash reduced toxic side
Even those benefits sounded attractive to many in the audience.
Dr. Horner-Taylor wept as she introduced Betsy Malone, a
35-year-old breast cancer patient from Burlington, Ky., who went
through chemotherapy treatments last year.
After seeing Ms. Malone six weeks after she started on the
supplement, Dr. Horner-Taylor said, “I couldn't believe it when I
saw her. She was radiant.”
Ms. Malone said she struggled through her first round of
chemotherapy without the supplement. But with the supplement, later
doses were easy to handle.
“I haven't missed a day of work. I almost feel better now than
before I started my chemotherapy,” Ms. Malone said.
After recently completing treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma,
Jane Oka of Western Hills said she plans to try Amrit Kalash to see
whether it will help with lingering side effects, such as foods
burning her mouth.
“It sounds as if it could really change your life,” Ms. Oka
The Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/03