put, it controls the creation of a hormone-like substance that creates
“inflammation.” And not just the common inflammation many experience in
a knee or shoulder, but also inflammation throughout the body, even in
the brain of an Alzheimer’s sufferer. Scientists now have convincing
evidence, from decades of research, that the unchecked activity of this
enzyme is responsible for many forms of cancer (including colon, skin,
bladder, esophagus, and pancreas), arthritis, and Alzheimer’s Disease.
The COX-2 Medical Revolution
the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have recently proclaimed
the revolutionary promise of COX-2 enzymatic inhibition. The Wall
Street Journal described the inhibition of this enzyme as a “future
milestone in preventative medicine” that stands alongside the polio
vaccine and the worldwide eradication of smallpox. Even more
remarkably, The New York Times in January of this year announced that
COX-2 inhibition not only reduced arthritic inflammation and menstrual
pain, but also appears to “prevent cancers of the colon, esophagus,
skin, and bladder.” What is this important COX-2 enzyme, and how can it
be safely inhibited?
The COX-2 enzyme is naturally created in
every one of us. It is considered by many to be stimulated by injury or
some form of attack on the body. Simply put, it controls the creation
of a hormone-like substance that creates “inflammation.” And not just
the common inflammation many experience in a knee or shoulder, but also
inflammation throughout the body, even in the brain of an Alzheimer’s
sufferer. Scientists now have convincing evidence, from decades of
research, that the unchecked activity of this enzyme is responsible for
many forms of cancer (including colon, skin, bladder, esophagus, and
pancreas), arthritis, and Alzheimer’s Disease.
fundamental cause of many of our most threatening diseases was only
discovered within the past few years, and drug companies immediately
began the race to come up with pharmaceutical substances to inhibit the
enzyme’s devastating effects. Research scientists around the world
supported this effort to create synthetic COX-2 inhibitors, and there
was a wonderful, and surely unexpected, benefit of that research. The
scientists tried to find plant compounds and herbs to synthetically
copy or mimic, and they identified many traditional herbs that contain
natural and safe COX-2 inhibitors. The very process to create synthetic
COX-2 prescription drugs has thus located herbal constituents that are
naturally available, without prescription.
It is important to
understand how the enzyme works to create threatening disease
conditions. The full name of the COX-2 enzyme is “cyclooxygenase-2,”
and its name contains the first clue as to how the enzyme works.
Cyclooxygenase has the job of “oxidizing,” or burning, a fat in the
body called “arachidonic acid.” This fat is an Omega 6 fatty acid, and
it occurs naturally in all of our cell membranes or walls. Picture the
COX-2 enzyme as a “spark plug” that ignites this fat and cooks up
inflammatory substances. Simply put, the enzyme is the spark, the fat
is the fuel, and the flame of inflammation is the end result.
need that fire: it helps us defeat enemies like bad bacteria, and it
helps the body marshal its forces to respond to trauma and injury. But
sometimes the fire burns too hot or gets out of control, and when that
happens we can be casualties of “friendly fire.” We can develop some
forms of cancer and arthritis, and our very brain neurons can get
overheated and die.
This, fortunately, is not a hopeless
situation, and one of the most popular drugs in the world helps to
inhibit the fires of COX-2 inflammation. That drug is none other than
aspirin, which not only inhibits the COX-2 enzyme but also reduces the
stickiness of our blood platelets, thus helping to prevent strokes and
heart attacks. Unfortunately, aspirin and related “non-steroidal
anti-inflammatories” can have very serious side effects, and last year
more people died from such side effects than from AIDS. Many people are
unwilling to take these drugs on a chronic basis, and many more simply
The great excitement came about a year ago, when a
“safe aspirin” named Celebrex® was introduced, and this drug inhibited
the COX-2 enzyme without all the negative side effects of aspirin.
Unfortunately, this drug, and a related drug named Vioxx®, did not
reduce blood platelet stickiness, and there is even some research
suggesting that Celebrex could increase platelet aggregation. Most
importantly, the drugs are synthetic, and many people either should not
or are unwilling to take them.
As we explained above, and in
much more detail in our latest book Beyond Aspirin (Hohm Press, 2000),
scientists discovered many herbs that can safely, powerfully, and
naturally inhibit the COX-2 enzyme. Those herbs include green tea,
ginger, turmeric, holy basil, chamomile, Chinese goldthread, barberry,
Baikal skullcap, Hu zhang (Japanese knotweed), rosemary, hops,
feverfew, and oregano. A blend of the appropriate extracts of those
herbs, if sufficiently concentrated, may offer substantial relief from
the “fires” of COX-2 inflammation, without the known and unknown side
effects of synthetic drug inhibition. This is the genius of nature, and
why cultures for thousands of years have obtained healing benefits from
extracts of these botanicals.
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