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Personally

My own introduction to the weed was through my Granfather who, having skin that was more suited to his home country of Scotland suffered with consistant outbreaks of basal cell carcinoma's, commonly referred to by many of his generation as 'sunspots'. 
I have been using the sap, as the need arose, for well over 20 years and have found it a clean, convenient and extremely effective treatment with no adverse reactions and no scarring, but occasionally there is a pigmentation change in the area, as a reminder.

 

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Almost Native

Euphorbia peplus, commonly known in Australia as Radium weed or milkweed, or cancer weed is classed as a non-invasive weed, and most probably was introduced to Australia by European settlers in the early 1800s for its historical medicinal use as a purgative

Some folklore suggested that the irritant sap was applied to warts, corns, waxy growths, sun cancers and rodent ulcers, but this is hard to qualify this absolutely.

 

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The Perpetual Garden

It's native origins of Radium Weed are a little obscure and it may well have originated in the northern Mediterranian region but it is now so widespread throughout the world that it can be found in most gardens.

Radium weed is not classified as a noxious weed in any Australian State. It grows rapidly, self seeds easily and it is wonderfully suitable for anyone to grow in even the smallest home garden.

 

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The General Facts

Radium weed is not classified as a noxious weed in any Australian State. It grows rapidly, self seeds easily and it is wonderfully suitable for anyone to grow in even the smallest home garden.
It's native origins are a little obscure and it may well have originated in the northern Mediterranian region but it is now so widespread throughout the world that it can be found in most gardens.

The Euphorbiaceae family covers a wide variety of plants (almost 2000) including herbs, trees and slow-growing succulents.
When the stems are cut, many members exude a milky sap (latex) which has an unpleasant taste and is toxic when ingested in significant quantities. 
Such chemical properties, combined with the presence of thorns on some species are probably useful to protect the plant from grazing in the arid regions of the world where many of the family originate.
The presence of so many members of the Milkweed family, all producing the characteristic milky sap, is the first reason for caution when selecting the weed for use as a treatment.

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The Research is finally catching up!

Basal cell carcinomas (BCC) and Squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) are the most common human cancers, and most Australians will develop one or more BCC or SCC during their lifetimes. 


Mortality from melanoma is about 50% in the state of Queensland.
As of 2009 the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer costs over $200 million dollars in Australia, making it a very expensive cancer. 
Western countries with less UV flux than Australia also have high incidences of non-melanoma skin cancer, due to our love of the outdoors. 
In the US, the annual cost of non-melanoma skin cancer has been estimated at US$3.5 billion. 
Growing your own remedy is obiviously a simple, reliable method of treating these skin cancers.

All information is not Equal

We often receive emails from gardeners who are unsure of the plants that they have in their gardens.
We cannot stress too strongly that correct identification of ANY herb that you are about to use on your body, is essential.
Contrary to many marketing claims, 'natural' is not a guarantee of effective treatment. Naure is often helpful, but rarely harmless.

Self Treatment

There are a few points that need to be applied when using the raw sap.
1. When plucking the stems to extract sap, choose the small stems first.
2. Do not allow the sap to get onto your fingers as it smears everywhere you touch and is very uncomfortable on lips or eyes.
3. Apply the sap only to the most prominent tissue. It's caustic action will only irritate non cancerous skin and will not prevent an eruption.
4. Do not overtreat. Once or twice per day is enough.
5. Allow your plants to self seed our you will not have continual supply.


While there are some mentions of Euphorbia peplus in historical texts, there seems to be very little actual use of the herb to treat cancers of any kind. Homeopathically, the herb has been used for over 100 years, but not necessarily to treat cancerous growths.
The activity of the raw sap seem to lie in the in macrocyclic diterpenes of three families.

These are Ingenane, Pepluane and Jatrophane.
Pepluane and jatrophane are unusual molecules with unusual structure and they are reported to be non-inflammatory. 
Ingenane, on the other hand is responsible for the irritant properties of the raw sap.

Over 70% of current pharmaceuticals are natural products or have been developed from a natural product lead.
It is not 'alternative' to look to the plant world for treatment, it is really quite normal. Plant based medicine is mainstream. 
E.peplus is one of many plants in the Euphorbiaceae family that has been extensively used as a home remedy for skin cancer for at least the last 100 years.

Unfortunately, most of the focus of attention on Euphorbia peplus has been to isolate the active constituents for large scale and highly commercial production of the remedy and secure the ownership of the active principles.

Intellectual property surrounding the use of ingenane, jatrophanes and pepluane as anti-neoplastic differentiation control agents are the subject of patent application No. PCT/AU98/00656 and are the property of Peplin Biotech Pty Ltd.


Regardless of the success of the patent applications and the ability to isolate or synthisize the components, the plant itself continues to grow and be useful in it's native form.


Available to anyone with a little patch of dirt inside a pot or out in which to thrive.

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Please, Be Careful

Euphorbia peplus is the only member of the family that exhibits exactly the right chemical combination, to be useful in the treatment of BCC's and SCC's.
Most of the sap bearing plants that are related to it are toxic or caustic and can be extremely harmful to the human animal.
Wild harvesting can be very dangerous, even if it only from the next door neighbour's garden.
Growing your own, from guaranteed seed is the safest way to produce the most benificial result.

How to Contact us

As we are actually physically growing the seeds that we sell it is rarely convenient for us to answer the telephone or the door so email contact is the most convenient for us and reliable for you.

Email: info@beautanicals.com.au