This is the follow up to the last post about luteolin, a bioflavonoid found in several plants (celery, perilla, artichoke, peanut hull, chrysanthemum and others).
This stuff has a whole slew of literature supporting it’s use for cancer.
It is so new though that not many have heard of it in this country.
I have been using it with dogs with cancer and have been impressed with some of the results. This of course is my clinical opinion, and is not meant to be a blanket recommendation.
Why did I get interested? Well, the evidence in rodents and people point to some really good stuff! And to top it off, there seems to be harmony with chemotherapy agents. Read on!
Cancers with a molecule on the outside of their cells called HER are pretty resistant to chemo. Luteolin showed it could decrease the tumors in rodents with these tough cancers. Here’s the link.
Luteolin also was able to decrease prostate cancer cell growth in mice, as well as oral squamous cell carcinoma cells. Check out this article here
I found another article that showed the same for liver cancer cells. See for yourself!
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So we have multiple different cancers all responding to luteolin in mice, and based on my research no significant adverse effects in 26 dogs so far. This is not that many in the broad scheme of things, but is pretty darned good anyway.
And this was all when it was given by mouth, in living bodies, not test tube or petri dishes, and not injected…
Finally, chemo effects were actually enhanced with cisplatin (read more), doxorubicin, and the human chemo drug paxlitaxe.
Luteolin is found in Apocaps, which was created for my patients and is now available.
As always, discuss medical decisions with your vet or oncologist before action, and I hope this helps!
Dr. Demian Dressler is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” because of his innovations in the field of dog cancer management, and the popularity of his blog here at Dog Cancer Blog. The owner of South Shore Veterinary Care, a full-service veterinary hospital in Maui, Hawaii, Dr. Dressler studied Animal Physiology and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. After practicing at Killewald Animal Hospital in Amherst, New York, he returned to his home state, Hawaii, to practice at the East Honolulu Pet Hospital before heading home to Maui to open his own hospital. Dr. Dressler consults both dog lovers and veterinary professionals, and is sought after as a speaker on topics ranging from the links between lifestyle choices and disease, nutrition and cancer, and animal ethics. His television appearances include “Ask the Vet” segments on local news programs. He is the author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Avian Veterinarians, the National Animal Supplement Council and CORE (Comparative Orthopedic Research Evaluation). He is also an advisory board member for Pacific Primate Sanctuary.
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