Rauwolfia Vomitoria


Rauwolfia vomitoria (also known as Rauvolfia vomitoria) is a tropical shrub in the Apocynaceae family. Herbal preparations were used in African folk medicine for a variety of ailments. Rauwolfia vomitoria extract from the root bark was the first plant based agent found to exert anti-cancer activity in Beljanski’s Oncotest.  He refined his extraction procedure to remove reserpine, which accounts for some toxicity. His final product was reserpine free and enriched in the anti-cancer compound alstonine.

Recent breakthroughs in Cancer with Rauwolfia Vomitoria


Research sponsored by The Beljanski Foundation conducted in the United States and China have confirmed the anti-cancer effect of the Rauwolfia vomitoria extract in many studies, revealing the extract’s broad spectrum and lack of toxicity. Experiments conducted at Columbia University Medical Center and Kansas University Medical Center have shown that the Rauwolfia vomitoria extract is active against prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer and pancreatic cancer stem cells.


Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), which has been linked to prostate cancer risk, involves DNA changes in tissues. Pao pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria extracts have shown potential against cancer by targeting this damaged DNA. Recent studies highlight their effectiveness in reducing BPH in animal models by correcting androgen imbalance, shrinking the prostate, and combating inflammation, suggesting BPH's reversibility.


The effect of Rauwolfia vomitoria in BPH is to reduce the levels of androgen receptors and to inhibit the enzymatic conversion of testosterone which removes the trigger for prostate enlargement. By bringing prostate hormones back into equilibrium, Rauwolfia vomitoria helps alleviate prostate inflammation and eradicates detectable features of BPH without evidence of side effects. Exerting an anti-inflammatory effect through its normalizing action on hormones is a remarkable talent that the Rauwolfia vomitoria extract shares with the Pao pereira extract. Learn more


Promising Results: Efficacy Of Two Plant Extracts For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

John Hall and Sylvie Beljanski

The prostate gland is a major source of serious health problems for men. It is susceptible to the most common chronic inflammatory condition, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and prostate cancer is the most common malignancy. Age significantly increases the risk for both, but lifestyle factors such as diet, physical activity, and toxin exposure also play roles. BPH often results from hormonal shifts in aging men, while genetics can influence prostate cancer risk.

BPH can lead to prostate cancer due to chronic inflammation and specific DNA changes within BPH tissues, highlighting a molecular link between these conditions. At the molecular level, research has found that two plant extracts, Pao pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria, can target and repair this DNA damage, triggering cell death in cancerous cells. This mechanism shows promise in treating both prostate cancer and BPH.

Recent research from Dr. Jun Yan’s laboratory at Nanjing University, sponsored by the Beljanski Foundation, shows that both extracts are also remarkably effective for BPH in an animal model: the androgen imbalance seen in older men is corrected, the prostate is reduced to normal size, and the inflammatory condition is directly suppressed [6-9]. The effects of the extracts demonstrate that BPH is reversible.

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Rauwolfia VomitoriaAnd Its Effectiveness With Different Cancers

The Beljanski Foundation has sponsored research and generated publications about the Rauwolfia vomitoria (Rauvolfia vomitoria) extract’s activity against prostate, ovarian and pancreatic cancers and pancreatic cancer stem cells. A new paper describing the anti-inflammatory effects of the Rauwolfia vomitoria extract in benign prostatic hyperplasia was published in 2022.

Since 1999, The Beljanski Foundation has worked toward a natural cure for cancer. The primary focus has been the anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory action of the Pao pereira (Pau pereira) and Rauwolfia vomitoria plant extracts developed by Dr. Mirko Beljanski. Click the button below to view all the publications about the Rauwolfia vomitoria extract.

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Mirko Beljanski and the Anti-Cancer Activity of Rauwolfia Vomitoria Extract

Dr. Mirko Beljanski is best known for his anti-cancer extracts, Pao pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria, because of their broad spectrum and non-toxic anti-cancer effect. The Beljanski Foundation’s more recent research has demonstrated that they are also effective against all stages of cancer including precancerous chronic inflammatory conditions, early and mid-stage cancers, as well advanced and metastatic disease. The studies demonstrating anti-cancer stem cell activity mean that the extracts are effective in preventing cancer recurrence. And due to the absence of side effects these extracts can be used aggressively when needed.

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"The research work of Dr. Mirko Beljanski led to the development of nutritional supplements that are potentially beneficial to cancer patients, either alone or in combination with anti cancer activity."

Dr. Michael B. Schacter, MD, CNS

Director of the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine

How it works

The Rauwolfia vomitoria and Pao pereira extracts target destabilized DNA, which is characteristic of all cancer cells of all types. By binding specifically to the damaged DNA structure in cancer cells the extracts disable the process of DNA replication which prevents cell division and leads to cancer cell death. The normal process of DNA replication and cell division in healthy cells is unaffected so the extracts are nontoxic.


There have long been indicators the Rauwolfia vomitoria extract is especially effective for cancers in hormonally regulated tissues. Monique Beljanski worked side by side in the laboratory with Dr. Mirko Beljanski for many years. She recently commented that, “In the course of our experiments, Mirko and I noted that the Rauwolfia vomitoria extract was most effective for fighting hormone dependent cancers. Breast, prostate and ovarian in particular.”


In addition to its well established anti-cancer effect, Rauwolfia vomitoria also functions as an anti-inflammatory. This effect is described in a new paper that was published in 2021. The anti-inflammatory effect occurs by rebalancing androgens in older men and thereby removing one of the triggers for prostate enlargement and BPH.

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Breast or Prostate Cancer:Hormone Therapy or Rauwolfia Vomitoria?

Hormone therapy


To suppress prostate cancer or breast cancer by treatment with a hormone of the opposite sex –female hormone for the prostate or male hormone for the breast.


Quite effective

Multiple side effects

  • Fatigue
  • Hot flashes
  • Pilosity
  • Loss of sexuality
  • Swelling of the breasts
  • Erectile difficulties
  • Alteration of the voice
  • Acceleration of metastasis in the bones, in particular.

Benefits of Beljanski Rauwolfia extract without reserpine

1. Although not a hormone, the alkaloid of Rauwolfia, alstonine, binds to the same sites as the hormones, and thereby dilutes their cancer promoting effect:

  • Same benefit as with hormonal treatment
  • But without the side effects

2. Alstonine is an anti-cancer molecule.

  • It penetrates the cancer cell (porous cell membrane)
  • It goes into the nucleus and the nucleolus of the sick cell
  • And DESTROYS IT. (What a hormone does not do)

3.Rauwolfia (Rovol V) has no toxicity or side effects once reserpine has been removed.

NB: Pao Pereira can also be used but does not have the same affinity for these hormone-dependent sites.

What it says about Rauwolfia vomitoria

A week later, Bernard Fourche came to New York. We met and he explained, “My company used to do the extraction process for your father. Then the army came and seized all the raw material and all the finished products. But they did not look into the machines, at what was actually being processed at the time of the raid. I have several hundred liters of Pao pereira extract, purified Rauwolfia vomitoria extract as well as golden leaf Ginkgo biloba extract available to you if you want them… Do you want them?”

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