The Hoxsey Tonic: Herbal Combination Remedy for Cancer

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The Hoxsey Tonic is one of the most famous herbal cancer tonics developed in the United States.It was developed by Harry Hoxsey in the 1840’s. The herbal tonic is provided by the Bio-Medical Center in Tijuana, Mexico along with recommended lifestyle changes. Many of the herbs in the Hoxsey Tonic such as red clover and burdock root are in other major herbal cancer tonics such as Essiac Tea (burdock) and Sir Jason Winters’ Tea (red clover). Patients who visit the Hoxsey Clinic can get high-tech diagnostic tests done at an affordable price and return home with the herbal tonic to care for themselves at home. This clinic is one of the most affordable cancer treatment centers available for cancer patients who wish to work with doctors, but who want to avoid conventional treatments such as chemo and radiation.


Detailed Information

The Hoxsey Tonic is an herbal formula that was developed by Harry Hoxsey in Illinois in the 1840’s [1].


Treatment at the Bio-Medical Center includes herbs, a special diet, and vitamin and mineral supplementation. Patients are given lifestyle counseling and encouraged to maintain a positive attitude. Conventional medical treatments can be given to patients if necessary. The goal of the Hoxsey treatment is to strengthen the patient’s impaired immune system [1].


The Bio-Medical Center makes use of modern diagnostic methods to find out whether patients have cancer and to create a specific treatment regimen depending on the type of cancer and where it is located in the body [1]. These diagnostic methods include the following:


  • X-rays
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • Others [1]


Harry Hoxsey’s great-grandfather first developed the special cancer-curing tonic to treat his prized horses in the 1840’s. The tonic was a family secret, but as Harry’s father lay dying, he gave Harry the recipe to the secret family tonic. His father made Harry promise to give the treatment to cancer patients everywhere who couldn’t afford conventional medical treatment. He warned Harry that the medical establishment wouldn’t like this alternative treatment [1].

Harry decided to study medicine to become a doctor, but his family didn’t have a lot of money. He tried working at a variety of different jobs to save up for college, but his progress was slow. One night, a friend of his father came to ask Harry for help curing his cancer. Harry was reluctant to use the tonic without a medical license, but the man pleaded with Harry by saying, “The first thing doctors learn is that a human life is sacred” [1].


Finally Harry agreed to give the man the tonic [1].


More patients came and Harry opened a clinic in 1924 in Taylorville, Illinois. By 1936, despite the medical establishment’s attempts to stop him, Harry had clinics in 17 states. He was endorsed by doctors, judges, and senators. Two federal courts upheld Harry’s right to treat cancer. In 1950, Harry’s clinic in Dallas, Texas was the largest privately-operated cancer treatment center in the world [1].


American Medical Association doctors asked Harry to demonstrate how the Hoxsey Tonic works by treating a terminal cancer patient. So he offered them a demonstration. Then, they asked him if they could buy rights to the treatment. When Harry said “no”, the American Medical Association began work to denounce Harry and his tonic as fraudulent [1].


Still, patients kept going to Harry’s clinics [1].


In 1946, Mildred Nelson, Harry’s most trusted assistant and clinic nurse started working at the Dallas, Texas clinic. She learned all of the secrets of the Hoxsey treatment method. When Harry became sick with heart disease, he asked that Mildred carry on the legacy of the Hoxsey treatment. He urged Mildred to open a clinic in Tijuana to get the American Medical Association off their backs [1].


Over the next few decades, each of Harry’s clinics in the United States were closed by legal actions instigated by a variety of medical institutions. Mildred opened the Tijuana clinic in 1963. Today it is known as the Bio-Medical Center and Mildred’s sister, Liz Jonas is the chief administrator of the clinic [1].

Safety and Effectiveness

Treatment at the Bio-Medical Center can be used to treat a wide variety of different types of cancer [1].


The Hoxsey Tonic has been used to cure a variety of different types of diseases besides cancer including:


The Hoxsey Tonic is a safe and gentle cancer treatment method.

How the Hoxsey Tonic Is Administered

The Hoxsey Tonic at the Bio-Medical Center is customized for each patient’s particular cancer, but there is a standard recipe for the tea. Two ingredients are used as the base for the tonic [2]:


  1. Cascara sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana) bark powder
  2. Potassium iodide (a mineral used to supply the body with bio-available iodine to support thyroid health, mitigate radioactive damage, and balance hormones) [2]


A variety of other herbs are also added to the tonic depending on each patient’s specific needs [2]:


  • Poke root (Phytolacca americana) –10 milligrams


This herb is an anti-inflammatory. It boosts immunity by increasing the number of lymphocytes and increasing the amount of immunoglobulin in the blood. It’s a particularly strong herb that cleanses the lymphatic glands and metabolic wastes from the body. In large doses, poke root is an emetic and a purgative [2][3].



Burdock root is also an ingredient used in Essiac for the treatment of cancer. Burdock prevents cellular mutations. It has a curative effect on skin conditions such as psoriasis, but it’s bitterness helps promote digestive system health. It has anti-tumor characteristics [1][2][3][4][5][6][7].



Barberry is used to correct liver function, relieve liver congestion, and the flow of bile. It strengthens and cleanses the body via the liver. It has the power to reduce swelling in an enlarged spleen. It improves the appetite and generally supports the digestive system. This herb contains lycbetaine, a compound with anti-tumor activity [2][3].


Buckthorn works to cure leukemia and it contains anthraquinones which have anti-tumor effects. It should not be used for more than 8 consecutive days without the supervision of a knowledgeable medical practitioner [2][8].

  • Stillingia root or Queen’s Delight root (Stillingia sylvatica) – 10 milligrams

Stillingia is anesthetic and anti-inflammatory and it can help relieve general malaise and lethargy [2][9].

Prickly ash stimulates the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, and mucous membranes which make it valuable in the holistic treatment of a variety of diseases including cancer. It works to relieve digestive problems as well. [2][3].


Red clover is a rich source of isoflavones, which can block certain forms of cancer. Red clover is used to cure eczema and psoriasis. Research on red clover has shown that it has anti-cancer activity in animal. It’s anti-cancer effects has been attributed by some to the fact that it contains vitamin B17 [2][3].



Licorice root has been used globally throughout history. It has effects on the endocrine system and the liver (as well as other organs). It is widely used in Japan to treat chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis. The root can soften the skin and mucous membranes while reducing inflammation which makes it an excellent treatment for bronchial problems, but it’s also used in conventional medicine to treat peptic ulcers and gastritis. It also supports the adrenal glands [2][3].


It is best to take the Hoxsey Tonic under the guidance of a qualified medical provider because this herbal formula can cause diarrhea and possibly dehydration. The dehydration could then, in turn, cause an electrolyte imbalance in the body. Further, the buckthorn and cascara sagrada can deplete potassium levels [2].  


Other Information

Bio-Medical Center/The Hoxsey Center – Tijuana, Mexico

Treatment at the Bio-Medical Center in Tijuana is surprisingly affordable compared to conventional cancer treatments at $400 to $3000 at the time of this writing. This cost includes doctor’s fees, physical examination, lab fees, X-rays and other radiology exams, supplements, and other treatment supplies.


Bio-Medical Center

3170 General Ferreira, Colonia Madero Sur

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico 22046




The Bio-Medical Center has 4 rooms available for patients who wish to stay on-site at the clinic for multiple days.



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