Thunder God Vine
or lei gong teng
a Chinese plant that has been used for ages in remedying a
number of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis. The plant-derived
agents triptolide and celastrol are from the "thunder
Effects and Cautions
- Thunder god vine can cause severe side effects and
can be poisonous if it is not carefully extracted
from the skinned root. Other parts of the plant—including
the leaves, flowers, and skin of the root—are
highly poisonous and can cause death.
- A number of participants in the NIAMS study experienced
gastrointestinal adverse effects such as diarrhea,
indigestion, and nausea, as well as upper respiratory
tract infections. (The rate of adverse effects was
similar in the thunder god vine and sulfasalazine
- Thunder god vine can also cause hair loss, headache,
menstrual changes, and skin rash.
- There are no consistent, high-quality thunder god
vine products being manufactured in the United States.
Preparations of thunder god vine made outside the
United States (for example, in China) can sometimes
be obtained, but it is not possible to verify whether
they are safe and effective.
- Thunder god vine has been found to decrease bone
mineral density in women who take the herb for 5 years
or longer. This side effect may be of particular concern
to women who have osteoporosis or are at risk for
- Thunder god vine contains chemicals that might decrease
male fertility by changing sperm.
The reports below indicate
some great benifits of triptolide and celastrol which
are extracted from the Thunder God Vine, however if
it is not prepared properly its skin is highly poisonious.
I could not find a safe source for it at this time.
little-known plant with a truly bizarre name is now making
headlines as a cancer killer, with the compound of the plant
vanishing tumors in mice with pancreatic cancer. Known as
the ‘thunder god vine’ or lei gong teng, the Chinese
plant is actually integrated into Chinese medicine and has
been used for ages in remedying a number of conditions including
rheumatoid arthritis." http://naturalsociety.com/chinese-plant-compound-cancer-research/
webmasters notes are in this color. "Pancreatic
ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) is one of the most lethal malignancies
plant-derived agent triptolide also known as "thunder
god vine" has a long history in traditional Chinese medicine
(TCM) for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and cancer and
is now in phase II trials...This study is the first to show
that triptolide reverses EMT and CSC characteristics and therefore
may be superior to current chemotherapeutics Chemo)
for treatment of PDA." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24615157
This report is full of scientific terms,
but boiled down it is saying the component triptolide that
is in the Thunder God Vine is better than chemo to treat prostate
"Celastrol from 'Thunder God Vine' protects SH-SY5Y cells
through the preservation of mitochondrial function and inhibition
of p38 MAPK in a rotenone model of Parkinson's disease...These
data suggest that celastrol may serve as a potent agent for
prevention of neurotoxin-induced neurodegeneration through
multiple mechanisms and thus has therapeutic potential for
the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24214023
Celastrol is another component from
the Thunder God Vine and this report suggests it will treat
neurodegenerative damage in Parkinsons disease.