Supplements and Herbs

Aloe arborescens, honey & rum cancer therapy & prevention formula

Homemade (or bought) aloe syrup: self-treatment and potential cancer cure?

Copyright © 2009 Healing Cancer Naturally, updated June 2012 and December 2014

The following recipe, instructions for use and reported results are partly owed to statements originally (but no longer) found on, itself based on the work of Father Romano Zago who took it upon himself to thoroughly research and then promulgate this "native" cancer cure and prevention recipe he learned while ministering to the poor in Brazil.

Many cancers cured

According to Father Romano's testimony, this simple homemade (as well as commercially available) formula based on the amazing aloe plant has helped to cure many types of cancer: skin cancer, throat cancer, cancer of the uterus, vocal chords, ovaries, breast, prostate, kidneys, lymphatic system, blood system (such as leukemia), spinal column, brain/cerebellum (incl. children's brain tumors), liver as well as intestinal and rectal cancer, bone and bladder cancer, and many instances of colon cancer.

Typically, these successes took two to three months to achieve and even included so-called terminal cases.

Background to the aloe formula and Father Zago

Of Italian extraction, Franciscan friar Father Romano Zago (also spelled Romain Zago) was born in 1932 in Lajeado, Brazil. He entered into the service of the Holy Land and today resides in Bethlehem where he teaches Latin and Philosophy to future students of theology.

He had learned about the natural aloe formula to treat cancer from having passed his youth among the poor in Brazil. Many have no access to sophisticated and expensive medicines, he said, and thus will turn to God's pharmacy, as available to everyone in the plant kingdom, and especially the aloe plant (in Spanish: sábila). Father Romano is careful, however, to abstain from any miracle claims. He has published two books on Aloe as a healing plant for numerous afflictions as well as as a cancer cure and after years of research, summarizes his insights into the advice to "plant an Aloe arborescens shoot, this will give you a complete pharmacy, which God places at your disposal".

A recipe next to anyone can try

Due to its simplicity and the ready availability of its ingredients, this DIY "anti-cancer recipe" should also be of special interest to anyone without access to other forms of treatment. Note however that while in many cases the cancer was permanently cured, in others it wasn't or it returned. Father Zago addresses these cases and the possible causes in some detail in his book and notes that one regular benefit seems to be the help the formula provides with cancer pain.

Why aloe plus honey may be a successful cure and preventative for cancer and other afflictions

The medicinal properties of both aloe vera and aloe arborescens have been the subject of intense scientific investigation.

Aloe is considered one of the most important plants showing anticancer / antineoplastic activity thanks to its antiproliferative (due to its anthraquinone content etc.), immunostimulatory (due to its content of acemannan, a mannose polysaccharide), antioxidant, antibiotic/bactericidal/antiviral, and other properties.

Additionally, both aloe vera and aloe arborescens are a source of powerful nutrition, particularly the above-mentioned glyconutrient acemannan (aloe to my knowledge is the major source of commercially produced glyconutritionals[5], as well as vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

In this manner, aloe combines the properties of a potent detoxifier with those of a highly nutritious food substance.

Examples of studies done on aloe vera/aloe arborescens and cancer are Anticancer potential of aloes: antioxidant, antiproliferative, and immunostimulatory attributes (2012), A randomized study of chemotherapy versus biochemotherapy with chemotherapy plus Aloe arborescens in patients with metastatic cancer (2009), Aloe-emodin induces apoptosis in T24 human bladder cancer cells through the p53 dependent apoptotic pathway, and Plant lectin, ATF1011, on the tumor cell surface augments tumor-specific immunity through activation of T cells specific for the lectin among many others, all "reflecting the enormous potential of ... the genus Aloe ... in preventing and treating cancer." And finally, a study done on animals[6] reported positive results of using a combination of aloe and honey with Walker tumours, see Oral administration of Aloe vera and honey reduces Walker tumour growth by decreasing cell proliferation and increasing apoptosis in tumour tissue.

Many more studies can be found under Aloe vera — a universal "health talent" for thousands of years Studies show benefits against cancer, diabetes, heart disease and much more.

Aloe vera or aloe arborescens?

While aloe vera may be used if aloe arborescens cannot be found where you are, according to research cited by Father Romano Zago in Cancer can be cured, aloe arborescens is 200% richer in medicinal substances than aloe vera and contains more than 70% of anticarcinogenic properties as opposed to aloe vera which contains 40%.

Rum or other alcohols?

Other alcoholic beverages than rum can be used, including grappa, whiskey etc. but not wine or beer.

Can diabetics or pancreas cancer patients leave out the alcohol and honey?

Father Romano writes in Cancer Can Be Cured that diabetics may prepare the blend required for the day freshly, i.e. on a daily basis, using fruit, grains, vegetables, or freshly squeezed juice in lieu of honey. He adds however that genuine honey does not harm diabetics.

Interestingly, a number of research studies have indicated that aloe actually has antidiabetic benefits. If you go to the PubMed medical database and do a search for "aloe diabetes" or "aloe antidiabetic", you will find numerous scientifically validated studies, e.g. "Metabolic effects of aloe vera gel complex in obese prediabetes and early non-treated diabetic patients: randomized controlled trial" at . So whatever amount of sugar ingested via the aloe/honey/alcohol mix might be balanced by aloe's antidiabetic activity.

Alcohol is used for several reasons:

  • better preservation of the mix
  • its vasodilatory effect speeds up the cleansing action of the aloe honey combination
  • enhanced absorption: cut aloe leaf gives off a viscous, stringy, bitter liquid rich in aloin which will only be fully absorbed after alcoholic dissolution.

A caveat

Don't let the extreme simplicity of this formula "fool you" and deter you from trying it, particularly if you don't have access to other treatments. I personally have heard several "first-hand" stories of people healed of cancer, one concerning a woman with terminal lung cancer with metastasis to the bones who received no other treatment than morphine for pain, one a man with prostate cancer, and a third one a woman with ovarian cancer.

In fact, the aloe treatment is even offered in two hospitals (in Jerusalem and in Porto, Portugal, respectively), where those who wish can combine it with chemo.

Recipe for Aloe / Honey Treatment against Cancer

Please note that Father Zago gives several variations and many more important details and precautions to observe in the preparation and use of the aloe syrup in his book "Cancer can be cured" as well as in the follow-up volume "Aloe Isn't Medicine, and Yet ... It Cures". The following is just a general outline (but those who cannot get ahold of the book can rest assured that good results have been obtained with varying ways of preparation).

1 Ingredients

A) 300 grams of fresh Aloe arborescens leaves, to be plucked in the dark[1]

B) 500 grams of pure bee honey[2]

C) 4 — 5 tablespoons of rum, whisky, grappa or similar alcohol (cañazo, aguardiente)

2 Preparation

1 Wash the Aloe leaf (or leaves) and remove the thorns/spines. Cut into pieces.
2 Put the Aloe pieces, the honey and whisky (or rum etc.) in a blender.
3 Whisk for 2 to 3 minutes.

You will obtain a greenish syrup. The amount of syrup obtained from the above quantities of the three elements constitutes one batch. Keep the syrup refrigerated and in the dark.

3 Use

Before drinking the syrup, shake the bottle to thoroughly mix the components.
Take one (or two) tablespoonfuls of this syrup three times a day: mornings, noon and night, 1/2 hour before meals (you may wish to start with one tablespoon in your first "round").
The above preparation can last ten days and longer.
Don't stop taking the syrup until your first batch is totally used up (even if you get what seem to be signs of improvement).

4 Medical Checkup

It's very important to do medical tests to ascertain the progress (or lack thereof) of the above treatment concerning the disease.
It is specifically necessary to check before, during and after the treatment to know if the cancer still progresses, has been stabilized, diminishes, or has actually left. Only the results of such controls can determine the true state of the cancer, not the subjective feeling of improvement that might be felt by the cancer patient.[3] In fact, it is commonly observed that this treatment quickly induces a sensation of well-being and improvement in the sick person. But those feelings don't constitute proof that the cancer is truly cured. It is dangerous to let oneself be guided by any such sensations.

5 Duration of the Treatment

As mentioned, medical monitoring is very important. If the first "round of treatment" does not work to satisfaction, the medical checkup will determine where s/he is at and whether s/he must do a second (or third) round.

It would be ideal to make an initial analysis of the "extent" of cancer present before beginning the treatment, and another analysis after each batch has been taken.


When taking several batches in a row, it is necessary to keep an interval of TEN DAYS between the taking of one unit and the following due to the aloe plant being very mildly toxic (as are many plants humans ingest).

With these intervals of ten days, repeated ingestion of batches will do no harm. For this reason, in case the recommended medical tests cannot be done, one is in no danger (and has no reason to be fearful) when repeating the treatment (even when unnecessary), as long as the ten-day "syrup-free" interval is respected.
As mentioned, this may be used simultaneously with conventional treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation.

Update: In his books, Father Zago reports on people who take the syrup every day without interruption, apparently without any damage to their health.

After a round of treatment (or batch of aloe/honey syrup) has been completed, one of several scenarios may apply.

In addition to a complete cure, these possibilities are addressed in Father Zago's book.

The food you eat and avoid is of vital importance

Avoid :
meat, dairy products, refined sugar, artificial colouring, chemicals, sweeteners, white flour, etc.

Eat plenty of healthy organic foods :
broccoli, sprouts, cauliflower, kale, garlic, beans, blueberries, onions, ginger, spirulina, chlorella, fresh fruits, etc.

Compare the extensive Nutrition & cancer section which addresses all of the above (and much more).

Aloe testimonials and "success statistics"

The above-mentioned numerous cancer success stories have been assembled by Father Romano in his book Cancer Can Be Cured. Several additional healing testimonials — lung cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, leukemia (all of them so-called terminal) — can be read here.

In a lecture held in Odivelas, Portugal[4], Father Romano Zago offered these additional insights regarding the likelihood of success with the aloe & honey treatment. Based upon the cancer cures already witnessed, he drew the following tentative conclusions:

  • Liver cancer is easy to cure.
  • Prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and leukemia are relatively easy to cure.
  • Brain cancer, throat cancer, stomach cancer, intestinal cancer and cancer of the anus: numerous verified cures.
  • Lung cancer: this type of malignancy requires longer treatment to achieve a cure.
  • Lymphoma: while of all types of cancer, this malignancy has proven the most difficult to cure, there are cases that have been healed.
  • Other illnesses healed by the aloe & honey treatment include skin diseases, rheumatism, arthritis, ulcers and more.

Aloe honey syrup for preventative purposes

Lastly, you can take a batch of the aloe/honey syrup even when you don't have any symptom of cancer, simply for PREVENTION, once a year, since the mix is a powerful detoxifier. In fact, Father Romano Zago virtually implores his readers to use the recipe for preventative purposes — and not just for cancer but any kind of health issue.

Compare Aloe Vera — The Medicine Plant for background on aloe vera and tips on how to grow aloe yourself.

Where to buy the Aloe honey syrup

For those who for various reasons may be unable to prepare their own syrup, the formula made according to Father Romano Zago's original instructions is sold in a number of places both online and offline, including on Amazon where it can easily be found by putting in search terms such as aloe zago [Amazon partner link — commissions earned, a no-extra-cost way to support my work] "aloe arborescens recipe" and others.

Note to cancer patients following the Budwig protocol

While the above aloe formula shows high antioxidant activity, it should be well compatible with the Budwig diet approach due to the fact that the antioxidants don't occur here in isolated form but are taken as part of the entire plant (compare Budwig FAQ: Can supplemental antioxidants interfere with the Budwig protocol?).

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Cancer Can Be CuredCancer Can Be Cured

After first witnessing in Brazilian shantytowns how simple people healed from cancer when using the all natural Brazilian recipe which mixed juice from the whole Aloe Arborescens leaf with honey, Romano Zago later saw similar successes when on assignment in other countries. He started to research the science behind this aloe species and condensed his knowledge of how to prepare and administer the recipe in this book, undergirding it with numerous cancer healing testimonials.
Also available as a particularly inexpensive Kindle version (you can read a Kindle e-book directly on your PC using Amazon's free Kindle software immediately after purchase).

Aloe Isn't Medicine, and Yet ... It Cures!Aloe Isn't Medicine, and Yet ... It Cures!

A companion volume to Father Romano Zago's first book "Cancer Can Be Cured" that includes important answers to questions he received after the publication of his first book, as well as a list of over 100 different diseases that have responded to treatment with Aloe Vera and Aloe Arborescens (ranging from afflictions as diverse as asthma, obesity, candidiasis, and tonsillitis, to insulin-dependent diabetes, depression, insomnia and many more). An extensive index features more than 150 bibliographical scientific entries of international studies performed on the medicinal properties of aloe.

Comment j’ai guéri mon cancer avec une plante : l’Aloe arborescens

by Anne-Françoise Lof

This French-language book published in November 2016 is the first personal account in book form I've seen of someone who healed their cancer using Father Romano Zago's recipe while declining conventional treatment. Written by a 48 year old French psychologist diagnosed with breast cancer, this book has been hushed up by the French media.

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Footnotes by Healing Cancer Naturally

1 Older plants are better (4 to 5 years or older).

2 If at all possible, I'd advise using raw (unheated) organic honey that has been protected from light. Also see Treating Cancerous Tumors with Pure Raw Honey Packs (scroll to "What kind of honey should be used for honey packs?" for further important tips geared at maximising honey's "healing potency").

3 This is a stance generally not shared by cancer treatment researcher Lothar Hirneise and likely some others. In his book, however, Father Zago cites at least one case of a person who felt she was cured, neglected the medical checkup and died as a result. So it would seem advisable to follow his advice.

4 I was unable to find the date or year the lecture was held but assume it was after the publication of his two books.

5 Compare Aloe Vera (Barbadensis) — The Medicine Plant: addendum, Natural Dietary Sources: Which Foods Contain Glyconutrients?, Natural Glyconutrients Recipe, and Glyconutrients & Mannatech’s Ambrotose®: A Cure for Cancer?.

6 not supported by Healing Cancer Naturally, for the reasons see here.

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