Sabah Snake Grass, Belalai Gajah, 憂遁草, 沙巴蛇草, Clinicanthus Nutans
Is Sabah Snake Grass really effective?
Sabah Snake Grass is an herb grown usually in tropical weather countries, like Malaysia and Thailand. This natural herb that is part of acanthaceae family has a scientific name Clinacanthus nuthans. It is a non-toxic edible plant. Traditionally it has been used in south east asia to treat a variety of sickness. In thailand, it is medically proven for treatment of skin rashes, and herpes, and is also used to cure snake bites. Sabah Snake Grass is known as Dandang Gendis in Indonesia and is used locally to treat patients with kidney failure. In Malaysia, it is known as Belalai Gajah or Sabah Snake Grass, and is famous for having good effects on cancer patients, although it is also used to reduce symptoms of dialysis patients.
Why is Sabah Snake Grass Famous in South East Asia?
In the year 2008, Mr. Liu who lives in Taiping, Malaysia is diagnosed with stage 4 lymphatic cancer. He heard from someone to try Sabah Snake Grass and went to have a try since he felt helpless and anything is worth a try. A miracle happened and he felt better day by day by consuming Sabah Snake Grass. After the incident, he posted his experience on the web to help others and it became a phenomenon in Malaysia not long after. Sabah Snake Grass became well known in all parts of Malaysia especially among cancer patients and there are thousands of patients that are cured by the help of Mr. Liu over the years. He used the empty field in front of his house to plant Sabah Snake Grass and supplies it for free to his friends and relatives. He said many people consumed the grass and seen a positive effect. According to Mr. Liu, the types of cancer that can be cured by Sabah Snake Grass is quite extensive and includes lymphatic cancer, lung cancer, kidney cancer, breast cancer, nose cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, leukaemia, brain tumour, prostate cancer, etc.
Research shows that Clinicanthus Nutans is a kind of edible plant, and it contains extremely high levels of Flavonoids. Clinicanthus Nutans also contains a multitude of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that the body requires. Flavonoids is a substance that has anti-inflammatory effects and anti-oxidative effects. Rutin and Quercetin are the most important type of Flavonoids. Rutin is routinely used for the treatment of gum inflamation and shows good effects. On the other hand, Quercetin can inhibit the negative effects of carcinogens. Soy bean is known to have large abouts of Flavonoids and thus soy bean milk is good for health.
In 2013, a group from University Putra Malaysia had published an article on Sabah Snake Grass (Clinicanthus Nutans), concluding that Clinicanthus Nutans extracts possess antioxidant and antiproliferative properties against cultured cancer cell lines, suggesting an alternate adjunctive regimen for cancer prevention or treatment. Although in the meanwhile, further medical studies have to be done on humans to further validate its effects. The following is a link to the described article.
Clinacanthus nutans Extracts Are Antioxidant with Antiproliferative Effect on Cultured Human Cancer Cell LinesIn 2014, Prof. Tsieh from Ping Dong University, Taiwan also published an article on Sabah Snake Grass. The article states that Clinicanthus Nutans extracts has inhibitory effects on human hepatoma cell line HepG2 (liver cancer cells), and has good antioxidant capacity. The article is available in Chinese and can be found at the following url: