How to Cure Cancer with Ginger

Note: If you or your loved one has cancer, do not avoid, delay, or abandon conventional treatment due to anything you may see here. Cancer treatment has made great advances since 1990. Most alternatives have little to no value. Nothing you see here has been validated by completed human trials.

How to Cure Cancer with Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe, Zingiberaceae). Last update October 7, 2009.

Take enough gingerroot powder in four doses per day to cause mild nausea by the end of the first day or during the second day. The third and final day the nausea should be as much as you can tolerate.
Downside: Not suitable for everyone. Not proven in large trials. Will not cure everyone. Has potential for serious side effects.
Upside: Very cheap. Very fast. No radiation required. May avoid surgery.

I am not a doctor, so this is based on my experience and what I have learned since my cure in December 2002. You should consult your oncologist. Do your own research. Don’t take my directions as perfectly correct. Learn what you can and be willing to make changes to get the cure you are looking for. If you are seriously considering this option, read the entire document several times and highlight important parts that apply to you.

I had previously been using fortified gingerroot powder in 500mg capsules for stomach upset. But then tried it successfully at a higher than label dosage instead of antibiotic. When I had prostate cancer and also colorectal cancer that blocked my colon, I tried ginger. I took up to six capsules (50mg 5% gingerol extract plus 450mg of gingerroot powder per capsule)[this product is no longer available], four times a day. I was very lucky. It worked! How can I be so sure that it works? Because the cancer returned three years later, this time it was also in several new places - in my bones, sinus, and the bottom of my spine. I used the ginger treatment at full dosage for three days and then another three days a week later. It seemed that nothing happened, but the pains slowly went away and my body functions returned to normal within a month except for my kidneys that took about six months to get back to feeling normal. Also, after my cures, results from research began to make the news that confirmed that ginger does have anti-cancer properties. See the end of this document for links about research that you can check out. By the way, another reason I am making this document public besides the primary reason of saving lives is because when my oncologist found out that I was cured the response was "I don't believe it, I don't want to hear about it." Well I thought, with that kind of attitude how many people will die needlessly. I will not let that happen.

After years of reflection and studying the scientific research I have concluded that I was more than lucky. I was extremely lucky.  Not only did I take about the most effective type and dosage of ginger; I also ended up taking it for an almost ideal length of time.  My cancer was not resistant to ginger, and my health was good enough to allow me to survive the treatment. With perfect hindsight I think now that the cancer may have been treated more gently, but not too gently. The challenge is to take enough ginger to kill the cancer, but do the least damage to the rest of your body. Also at high doses ginger can cause some rather disturbing effects, most that are typical of chemotherapy. Both times that I cured myself with ginger I used a double treatment. My current view is that cancer can be viewed as being like bacteria. So if you take an antibiotic correctly, why would you wait a week and take it again? Taking the ginger treatment once for three days [an almost ideal length of time for treatment] and not repeating is probably the best. Taking it again a week later like I did probably won’t kill any resistant cancer remaining, and may actually do more damage to your body. Your immune system must take over and kill any remaining cancer cells.

As for the form of ginger to be taken, it is essential that it contain the key ingredients gingerol and shogaol. These substances are sensitive to heat and when ginger is cooked some is changed to other chemicals that do not fight cancer as effectively. Therefore, please do not waste your precious time taking ginger flavored foods and tea. Gingerol and shogaol are only slightly soluble in water so ginger tea or ginger ale will not supply enough to get an effective dose.  Use only products that you are certain contain gingerol and shogaol.  Avoid products that say “ginger oil,” “essential oil,” “super critical fluid extract,” “SCF extract,” or “super critical extract.”  These products almost always contain little or no gingerol/shogaol.  No matter what form of ginger you plan on taking, a quick taste test can tell you if it contains either gingerol or shogaol.  As long as what you are using does not contain any other spice, gingerol gives a hot taste and shogaol is about twice as hot.  So if it does not taste real hot, it is not going to work.  There are several forms of ginger that fit these requirements. The best appears to be capsules that contain gingerroot powder. Enough for one treatment usually costs less that $20. Another product is the alcohol extract of ginger. This expensive extract or tincture is difficult to find and may not contain much gingerol/shogaol. Also it may be impossible for most people to consume enough of the pungent burning extract to get an effective dose. You could also use ginger that you can buy at your local food store. It is very cheap, about one dollar for a pound. The problem is fresh ginger has lots of gingerol in it but does not have shogaol in it. So it is unlikely to work for ovarian cancer, which seems to be resistant to gingerol. Also I have never been able to consume much raw ginger. Fresh ginger can have up to 0.66% gingerols. Our US commercial ginger is about 0.17% gingerols. That works out to a hard to believe 770mg of gingerols per pound. So half of a pound or less than one dollar worth of ginger should cure your cancer. Can you eat a tablespoon full of fresh ginger four times a day for three days?

The Dosage Problem: The dosages given here are based on my personal experience. I have now found that there is confusion about what the actual dosage is. The capsules that I took were 450mg of gingerroot powder plus 50mg of extract that contained 5% gingerol. I originally assumed that the gingerroot powder in the capsules did not contain any gingerol, and that all of the benefit was due to the 2.5mg of gingerol from the extract. In fact the concentration of gingerol in ginger powder supplements ranges from zero to 9.4 mg/g, and shogaol ranges from 0.2 to 2.2 mg/g. So for example, if the capsules that I took contained gingerroot powder that had 2.5mg/g gingerol, then they contained 3.6mg of gingerol per capsule plus about 0.5mg of shogaol. If that is true, I actually took 86mg of gingerol plus 12mg of shogaol per day at the maximum dosage. The problem is how much do you take when you take a natural product that does not have a known amount of the required ingredient? Ginger is a natural product and can vary a great deal in gingerol content, and it also contains many other compounds that may be important for fighting cancer. Based on my experience and the results of scientific research in the last few years, I think the dosage must be enough to cause some nausea.  Nausea results when the amount of cancer killing ginger compounds has reached the effective dose.

You may find what is discussed here disturbing, but be assured that ginger might represent your best option if it is suitable for you. This is particularly true for prostate, colorectal, epithelial cancers, and perhaps for some leukemia. Ovarian cancer, according to research, requires shogaol to kill it, not gingerol. I suspect that many other cancers and perhaps most cancers can be fought with ginger, but since there are so many different types of cancer that is uncertain. If your cancer has the p53 wild type mutation, ginger will not help you. The best guess is that ginger can successfully fight about 75% of non-chemo resistant cancers. It may also be useful for about 25% of chemo-resistant cancers. Cranberry has been shown to potentially enhance chemotherapy against chemo-resistant cancer. See "Cranberries May Improve Chemotherapy For Ovarian Cancer" at A complete cure like I have may not be common.

It can be unbelievably gentle when the correct dosage is taken. From my personal experience I would definitely use ginger before any other treatment if diagnosed early, that means the tumor is small and not in a dangerous place. Certainly if no other option is available, ginger is number one in my book of last chance cures. The warnings that follow are to hopefully prevent you from doing something harmful to yourself.

My experience has been that most people with cancer are dangerously timid about self-treatment. They do not act quickly enough or use too low a dose.

By now you may be thinking that ginger seems to be a type of chemotherapy. Ginger even though it is from a natural source and a food, is chemotherapy at these high doses. You will probably obtain the best results if you use it as chemotherapy. As chemotherapy the ginger should and does cause hair loss although it is not major. Ginger will cause blood counts to go off, which accounts for some of the weakness and fatigue afterward. Do not think that because it is natural that it will not work. Those that are trying to patent ginger compounds certainly think it works, and I know it does.

- if you are diabetic you probably should not even attempt to use ginger, if you do, be aware that ginger can cause blood sugar to drop, exercise extreme caution, try some smaller doses first, stop if you have problems,
Ginger should not be taken at high doses if you are
- allergic to ginger,
- currently being treated for cancer,
- currently taking anti-coagulant drugs or have a blood clotting disorder,
- taking other medication that is likely to interact with ginger,
- having problems with kidney, liver, gall bladder, ulcer, or lung disease,
- not able to quickly swallow many large capsules, wash them down into your stomach, and keep them down,
- pregnant or lactating,
- bedridden,
- unable to survive influenza,
- having heart rhythm problems,
- unable to access medical assistance and dialysis if required.

I Would:
- NOT take any antioxidants before or during the treatment. That includes Vitamins A, C, and E, and supplements N-acetylcysteine (NAC), glutathione, CoQ10, lipoic acid, and super oxide dismutase (SOD).
- Have medical help available.
- Take at least the minimum effective dosage. The minimum effective dosage is about 20 grams per day of gingerroot powder for a 150-pound person. The maximum dose appears to be 1.5 milligram of gingerol for each ten pounds of body weight, taken four times per day, or a total of 90-mg gingerol per day for a 150-pound person.
- Take ginger for three days. Ginger seems to accumulate in the body when taken at high dosage. Therefore you should not take high dosage ginger continuously for more than five days as the cumulative dose will become more toxic than beneficial.
- Take ginger for a shorter time or lower dosage if there is a lot of cancer tissue. Killing too much cancer too fast can be dangerous. But NO cancer will die if the dose is too low. The dosage that kills cancer cells will cause nausea. No nausea means not killing cancer cells. A lot of nausea means a lot of cancer cells killed. Feeling like vomiting means reduce the dosage.
- Take one 500mg capsule of curcumin spice each day of treatment to boost the effectiveness of the ginger treatment.
- Have a moderately high to high humidity. Ginger tends to dry out and irritate the lungs. At some points you might experience extreme lung irritation. Do not allow the lungs to dry out. Keep the mucus flowing.
- Take a teaspoon of dried cranberries each day or wash down the ginger capsules with cranberry juice. It could enhance the effectiveness of the treatment and protect the kidneys.
- Drink lots of water. I would force myself to drink water even when not thirsty. I would know I was drinking enough water if I was urinating as much or more than usual. Flush the toxins from the dying cancer out of the body and keep the kidneys from getting overloaded. Drinking a lot of water might throw off my electrolytes, so I take minerals or supplements to maintain my electrolytes at safe levels.
- Rest as much as required. Take it easy.
- While soreness or mild aching of the liver and kidneys is expected, I would stop taking ginger immediately if either the liver or kidneys began to ache or become painful. This is very important!
- Stop taking the ginger if any dangerous side effect appears. For example if I had palpitations (irregular heart beat). Ginger causes calcium to build up in your cells, and if you take high dosage ginger there is a chance you will experience heart rhythm disturbance or palpitations.

- Take vitamins and minerals after the treatment. Killing cancer can be very stressful on the body. The body needs help to recover.
- Eat about one teaspoon of dried cranberries each day after treatment to help the kidneys recover.
- Repeat the ginger treatment in the future as required, but not until I was healthy enough, and was sure that I actually have active cancer.

At the optimum dosage you should start to have slight nausea by the end of the first day or during the second day and reach the maximum nausea you can tolerate on the third day. Be prepared to adjust your dosage up or down to control your symptoms.

What is it like?
At a moderate dosage for a fairly healthy person, there may only be the feeling of a warm tummy. During and shortly after treatment there may be some mild nausea and weariness. Typically during the treatment you will feel weak, have tolerable nausea without vomiting, sleep more than usual, have some chills and fever, have some sore feeling in the abdomen, have mild lower back or kidney ache, have some burning sensation during urination, experience intermittent dry lung irritation, and taste and smell ginger everywhere. You will also smell like ginger to others. Higher ginger doses or more advanced cancer will make the effects of the ginger treatment more severe.

How do I know if I have taken too much?
Taking too much ginger may cause heart rhythm disturbance, strong nausea, make you feel like you must vomit, liver inflammation or pain, kidney pain, lack of urination or painful urination, fever, chills, pronounced weakness, extreme lung irritation with a burning dry cough, and fatigue. If you really over do it and do not drink enough water you could even push yourself into kidney failure. Should you experience any of the extreme symptoms, stop taking the ginger. Do not start again until you are well enough. Basically, be reasonable, only push it to what you feel you can safely tolerate. Next time use a lower dose.

Ginger can be so gentle you may not feel that anything has happened. But because it is a form of chemotherapy it has many of the common side effects. You may lose some hair. The hair loss should stop in a few months. Your nails may thin out and have ridges as they grow. The nails very gradually return to normal. Three years after my last treatment my nails are perfect. Your blood counts may go off, and you may experience weakness and fatigue for a week or two. It is not unusual to have lower back pain or tenderness, and if your kidneys are in good shape it should go away within two weeks. You may want a blood test to check for high potassium. You may experience a dramatic return to health. There may be strange itching or other vague sensations inside the body where a tumor has been killed. The body will heal naturally, but the cancer may have done some permanent damage that will not heal. The healing may take weeks, months, or even a couple years. Watch out for a return of symptoms. A cancer will often send out cells around the body long before the first symptoms of cancer appear. These pre-cancerous cells can lay dormant for years and are not affected by the ginger treatment. So to catch any new cancer you should repeat the treatment if you are sure the cancer has returned. Although ginger may cure your cancer like it did my cancer, it will not cure everyone. Ginger is a strong anti-inflammatory that can temporarily shrink a tumor. The tumor will rapidly return to actual size within a week. You may have to wait a month to see that the tumor is actually shrinking.

Ginger Research on the Internet

Colorectal Cancer

Ovarian Cancer

Human Study using Curcumin and Gingerol

Bonus: You are one of the very few that has looked at the end of this document. I have something to tell you that may interest you. About a year and a half after my first cure I was surprised by my height. I seemed to be a little taller. A person’s height can vary quite a bit so I thought it was just normal variation or measurement error. Then a couple years after my second cure I found that I was even taller. I am not sure what to make of it. I appear to have grown about three-quarters of an inch taller and I feel younger too. Pretty good for an old guy. But do old guys grow taller because of chemotherapy? Maybe it is due to better posture. Maybe it is the result of the ginger killing defective cells and worn out stem cells. That might trigger a growth spurt, a kind of mini short-term rejuvenation. Certainly not the road to immortality but perhaps a small step in that direction.