Nature’s Elixir: Exploring the Power of Hoxsey’s Herbal Remedy As Part of an Anti-Cancer Diet

December 2, 2023 10 mins to read

As a integrative nutrition expert and research addict, I’m constantly on the lookout for both new breakthrough scientific discoveries in traditional medicine and old remedies in alternative medicine…In my research on nutrition for Cancer, I was introduced to the Hoxsey Herbal Formula by Dr. Joel Wallach, a Doctor whom I greatly admire. It’s inclusion of a herb called Red clover, has made it a topic of controversy for decades. It has mainly been used as a herbal remedy as part of a cancer fighting diet. Some practitioners of alternative medicine have used the Hoxsey formula for: skin issues, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions – based on the individual properties of the herbs in the formula. However mainstream medicine doesn’t support this alternative remedy, due to a lack of rigorous clinical trials and evidence. Be sure to check out my Alexa Anona Protocol for Cancer, a nutritional guide to cancer.

What is Hoxsey’s Herbal Formula?

The Hoxsey Herbal Formula is a concoction/herbal remedy, that originated from Harry Hoxsey, an alternative medicine practitioner, in the early 20th century. The natural formula is a mix of several herbs, with red clover being the featured ingredient. Other components of the herbal remedy typically include: burdock root, licorice, poke root, and others, each bringing its unique beneficial properties to the mix.

Red Clover: The Star of the Mix

Red clover, also known by it’s scientific name Trifolium pratense, is a wild plant belonging to the legume family. It’s known for its beautiful pinkish-purple flowers and has been used in traditional medicine for decades, by practitioners for cancer and various other health concerns. Nutritionally, red clover is rich in isoflavones – compounds that have been studied for their potential health benefits, particularly in balancing hormones and supporting cardiovascular health.

A look at the Health Benefits

The Hoxsey herbal formula has an extensive range of health benefits, when you look at that of each individual ingredient…e.g. burdock root itself has dozens of health benefits. There are research and studies on many of the herbs used in Hoxsey formula, that can evidence at least some of the alleged health benefits. But here are some of the more common uses and health benefits for which the Hoxsey Herbal Formula and it’s ingredients are best known and used for.

Hormonal Balance and Menopause Support

The Isoflavones in red clover are phytoestrogens, meaing they can mimic estrogen in the body. This makes red clover a great natural option for managing menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats; some may many find preferable to hormone replacement therapies, which can have significant side effects due to how they affect hormonal balance.

Inflammation & Disease

Red clover is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is the driving force behind disease, and lowering inflammation can significantly help improve how those illnesses show up in the body. Another big part of disease is oxidative stress and insufficient anti-oxidants, which red clover is also rich in.

Red Clover & Skin Health

Red Clovers anti-inflammatory properties also mean it promotes healthy skin and can help with conditions like eczema, psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Detoxification and Blood Purification

Traditional uses of red clover include detoxification and blood purification. One of it’s ingredients Burdock root, loaded with nutrients, is also known as a ‘blood cleanser’ and likely a big part of what gives Hoxsey Herbal Remedy this blood cleansing capability. While terms like detoxification and blood purification can often be misleading in the wellness industry, in Hoxsey’s Herbal Remedy they refer to it’s ability to support liver function and improve circulation, which can help in the removal of waste from the body.

A Word of Caution by Western Medicine

Western medicine is skeptical of the Hoxsey Remedy, and tends to anything that isn’t heavily studied…They warn people to approach Hoxsey’s Herbal Formula with caution, stating that the formula, particularly when used as an alternative cancer treatment, isn’t well studied and is surrounded by controversy. I like to highlight that a) studies cost millions and so are often only funded by bigpharma or other corporations with financial interests in a particular result and b) The Oncology (cancer) drug market is worth hundreds of billions annually…so they’ll do crazy immoral (and evil) things to protect that revenue.

Possible Side Effects

  1. Poke Root (Phytolacca americana): Can cause severe stomach cramping, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, low blood pressure, difficulty breathing, and even death if ingested in large amounts. It is considered toxic.
  2. Burdock Root (Arctium lappa): Generally considered safe when consumed in food amounts, but in medicinal quantities, it may cause allergic reactions and dehydration due to its diuretic effect.
  3. Barberry (Berberis vulgaris): Side Effects: May cause nausea, vomiting, convulsions, drop in blood pressure, respiratory problems, and kidney irritation.
  4. Buckthorn Bark (Rhamnus cathartica): Side Effects: Can lead to abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and dehydration. Long-term use can cause electrolyte imbalances, liver damage, and dependency for bowel function.
  5. Stillingia Root (Stillingia sylvatica): Side Effects: May cause gastrointestinal irritation and can be toxic in high doses.
  6. Cascara Sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana): Side Effects: Includes cramps, diarrhea, and dependency for bowel movements with long-term use. May also lead to electrolyte imbalances.
  7. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra): Side Effects: Excessive consumption can lead to high blood pressure, low potassium levels, weakness, and occasionally, heart problems.
  8. Prickly Ash Bark (Zanthoxylum americanum): Side Effects: Can cause stomach upset, rash, and may increase the risk of certain cancers.
  9. Red Clover (Trifolium pratense): Side Effects: Generally safe in food amounts, but in medicinal doses, it can cause rash, muscle ache, headache, and nausea.
  10. Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis): Side Effects: High doses can be toxic, causing nausea, vomiting, dizziness, faintness, and can lead to severe low blood pressure and respiratory failure.

Red Clover

Many of the health benefits in Hoxseys Remedy are due to it’s red clover ingredient.

Health Benefits of Red Clover

Here are the health benefits you can expect from supplementing with only Red Clover:

  • Phytoestrogens: Contains isoflavones, plant-based chemicals that act like estrogen in the body, potentially easing menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats.
  • Bone Health: The isoflavones in red clover may help in maintaining bone density and reducing the risk of osteoporosis, especially in postmenopausal women.
  • Cardiovascular Benefits: May improve heart health by reducing cholesterol levels and improving arterial flexibility.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Contains compounds that may reduce inflammation, potentially beneficial for conditions like arthritis.
  • Skin Health: Topical applications of red clover are believed to promote healthy skin, aiding in conditions like eczema or psoriasis.

Incorporating Red Clover in Your Diet

For those interested in the less controversial benefits of red clover, there may be better ways to incorporate it into your diet. Red clover tea is a popular option, it offers a delicately floral and subtly sweet herbal taste/aroma. Supplements are also available, but it’s important to choose high-quality products. You can book an appointment with me (as a Integrative Nutrition Expert), if you are considering taking red clover or the Hoxsey Herbal formula.

Final Thoughts | Conclusion

Herbal medicine holds a vast array of natural remedies and Hoxsey Herbal Formula is one of them which demonstrates the potential of natural remedies. Western and mainstream medicine is critical…but I believe everyone should have all the information, so they can make an informed decision on what’s best for their health and situation. Several years ago bigpharma and petroleum based medicines launched a takeover of herbal medicine, and many still believe modern medicine is the defacto authority in health, but the reality is that hundreds of millions across the world, down through the ages, have used natural and herbal medicine for every ailment known to mankind. When you consider the side effects of natural medicine are often significantly less than the alternatives, and that often natural remedies can be used along-side more traditional therapies…it seems like a no brainer to me…so try and suspend bigpharmas programming of your mind and give nature a try…it might just transform your health, and save your life. Be sure to check out my Alexa Anona Protocol for Cancer, a nutritional guide to cancer.


Certainly! Here are the references in a more professional format with clickable links for easy access:

  1. The Real Story behind Harry Hoxsey –
  2. The History Of The Hoxsey Formula And How To Use It (Cancer Wisdom) – “Find out about the history of Harry Hoxsey and the Hoxsey formula that he used to heal people of cancer.” Cancer Wisdom Article
  3. Hoxsey Therapy (Wikipedia) – “Hoxsey Therapy, a mixture of herbs, was first marketed as a purported cure for cancer in the 1920s by Harry Hoxsey, a former coal miner and insurance salesman.” Wikipedia Entry
  4. Hoxsey Formula: The History of The Hoxsey Formula in Cancer Support (D’Arcy Wellness) – “Harry Hoxsey’s cancer treatment is one of America’s most documented non-conventional, alternative treatments of cancer.” D’Arcy Wellness Article
  5. Hoxsey Herbal Therapy (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) – “Hoxsey Herbal Therapy is an alternative therapy that consists of herbal tonics and restrictive diets, and is promoted as a cancer cure.” Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Article
  6. Hoxsey: The Quack Who Cured Cancer (CANCERactive) – “At the time the Dallas clinic had 12,000 patients. Today the Bio-Medical Center combines the flexible Hoxsey formula with diet, vitamin, and mineral supplements.” CANCERactive Article
  7. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) – Red Clover – “Studies on the effects of red clover on menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and on blood levels of cholesterol and other lipids have had inconsistent results.” NCCIH Article on Red Clover
  8. Pharmacological and Therapeutic Properties of the Red Clover (PubMed) – “A systematic review was carried out according to the PRISMA checklist. Using MeSH keywords, 385 articles were extracted from national and international databases.” PubMed Study
  9. Red Clover: Benefits, Uses, and Side Effects (Healthline) – “Two review studies found that 40–80 mg of red clover per day may help alleviate hot flashes in women with severe symptoms.” Healthline Article
  10. Red Clover Information (Mount Sinai Health System) – “Researchers theorize that red clover may help prevent some forms of cancer, such as prostate and endometrial cancer.” Mount Sinai Article
  11. Clinical Studies of Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) Dietary Supplements (NCBI) – “Red clover botanical dietary supplements have received much attention recently for their potential use in the treatment of menopause symptoms, maintenance/improvement of bone and cardiovascular health.” NCBI Study


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