The fragrant evergreen Pine Tree Oil goes back hundreds of years and not just in celebrating Christmas. The needles produced are a prickly, earthy source of natural medicine. It has been suggested by science that their extracts might be an effective weapon in the fight against cancer.
Even as far back as French explorer Jacques Cartier in 1535, he and his men learned about the healing power of pine tree needles. They learned that the men afflicted with scurvy were cured when pine tree needles and bark were made into a tea. Scurvy is now recognized as being caused by vitamin C deficiency.
Hundreds of years later it was uncovered that the presence of other healing nutrients were also in pine needles. Some are flavonoids, procyanidins and proanthocyanidins, used for centuries by the native people. They were used to treat conditions such as poor circulation, joint pain and vision problems.
It’s the turpentine that comes from Pine trees that targets cancer. A paper published in the journal Prostate in 2008 found that oigomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs) taken from maritime pine bark, targeted a prostate can cell line known as LNCaP. The LNCaP cells ceased to spread but also ended up dying. OPCs in pine tree oil was found to slow the spread of cancer cells, induce cancer cell death, inhibit processes that lead to cancer, exhibit natural antioxidant, antimutagenic and antiproliferative properties. It was later found that pine needles of the Pinus densiflora variety inhibit many of the processes by which cancer forms the body and directly blocks the growth of a multiple cancer cell lines including MCF-7, SNU-638 and HL-60.
The authors declared that pine exhibits a strong antioxidant, antimutagenic and antiproliferative effect on cancer cells. In a study involving mice tumorigenesis was suppressed by pine needle supplementation in model systems
Another oil of terebinthine pine, known as terebinthe, is another anti-cancer effect that stimulates both the prostate gland and the uterus. It helps to mitigate adrenal fatigue and balance hormone production. It is turpentine pine resin that is among the most regarded anti-cancer remedies in ancient folklore, showing benefits in cancers of the liver, breast, spleen, rectum, tongue and even more.
– Dr Fredda Branyon