Gumby Gumby-An Aboriginal Herb

A few months ago a friend mentioned to me about the use of a herb called Gumby Gumby for treatment and supportive therapy of cancer. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of it at the time but upon investigation it seemed to be quite exciting. And then, coincidentally, I was invited by a cancer support group (U Can Survive) to go on a visit to a Gumby Gumby farm and meet the farmer.

The farm is situated about 3 hours/250km west of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. It was a long day but very much worth it and it was such a great opportunity that I was pleased to be part of.

Gumby Gumby, also known as pittosprum angustifolium is a shrub or small tree native to Australia. The trees are drought and frost resistant making them ideal for growing in the area that I visited as it was so dry. They can grow up to 7-8 metres in height. There are 6 varieties in total but only one with medicinal properties. It can be hard to find in the wild because often wildlife are found foraging the plant-they are certainly smart when it comes to naturally treating themselves!  The fruit is small and orange as can be seen in below photo. The flowers are tiny yellow star shaped.

Gumby Gumby FruitThere are many names for the same native plant including Pittosporum Angustifolium, Pittosporum Phylliraeoides, Gumbi Gumbi, Gumbi, Gumby Gumby, Native Apricot, Cumbi Cumbi, Weeping Pittosporum, Meemeei, Cattle Bush, Bitter Bush, Butter Bush, Berrigan

Gumby Gumby has traditionally been used as an Aboriginal medicine for a long time. It is used to support general health and wellbeing, just like many people take ginseng or other supplements.  It has also been used to support a wide variety of conditions such as cancer, digestive disorders, chronic fatigue, skin disorders, immune conditions, depression, emphysema to name a few.

As a scientist, I am excited to see research that is being carried out on Gumby Gumby. Safety testing has shown it to be non-toxic  and recent studies have shown it to be anti-bacterial,  anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. It also appears to have the following properties: anti-pruritic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral as well as exhibiting powerful antioxidant properties. These health benefits and properties are due to the saponins, tannins and flavonoids naturally found in Gumby Gumby.

Research being conducted at a University in Berlin has shown Gumby Gumby to be ‘a very potent anti-cancer agent. It is very potent against human tumour cells’. Further investigation and research is needed in this area. 

Cancer cells in culture have responded favourably to Gumby Gumby and this results have led to further human clinical trials being conducted. Not only that but there are a lot of holistic health professionals that are also conducting research through the support of universities both in Australia and overseas.

Gumby Gumby can be used as a tea, tonic, capsules and salve/creams. They are sold as food supplements and cosmetical applications so are classified under Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and the Cosmetic Standards ICNA. It is a very exciting area to watch and seeing as Aboriginals have been using it safely for a very long time, I look forward to seeing more progress in this area.

It was a pleasure to meet John Koehler, the farmer who has started to grow and cultivate these trees. 

Farmer John

He is very proud of what he does and as conditions are starting to make it harder for farmers to survive it is great to see them moving into other areas to support people with their health and wellness.

Machinery to Grind Down Gumby Gumby Leaves
 The machinery used to grind down the Gumby         Gumby leaves into powder for the capsules

John’s company ‘Wild Crafted Products’ States the following:

The trees are selected for the quality of both bark and leaves. Only health and vigorous trees are used. All the produce is off freehold land, which is managed with a strong focus on cleanliness and sustainability. We practice wild crafting methods using no sprays and without any disturbance or pollutants from machinery. Further, leaves are harvested following after rain, so as to minimize the presence of dust.

We do emphasise that no artificial additives are in our products, just straight Gumby.

It is our mission to consistently provide you with raw material of the highest quality. This duty of care is exercised so that we may support you in your lifestyle approach to optimal wellbeing.

John and his wife really take pride in what they do. They loved hosting us and even provided Billie tea and damper.

Billie Tea

John can be contacted at the following. He is not on the internet.

Gumby Gumby Powder and powdered leaves

Gumby Gumby is also available to purchase at:

U Can Survive.

69 Park Road, Nambour.

07 5441 5730

info@cansurvive.org.au

A big thank you to U Can Survive for organising this trip 

 

OR

The Herbal Tea Cup. Email: info@theherbalteacup.com.au or telephone James on 07 5471 0940

 

Please note: Every week I am contacted by people who have been diagnosed with cancer and wish to discuss their circumstances. I am not a medical professional and am unable to comment on individual cases. Please do your research and contact the two suppliers above if you wish to purchase Gumby Gumby.

Disclaimer: This post is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. All natural herbs are taken at your own risk. Please do further research if this is something that you feel could be beneficial to your health.

41 thoughts on “Gumby Gumby-An Aboriginal Herb”

  1. Hi I would like to know if this would help my family as I have VHL ( Von Hippel Lindau ) and my two children have the gene mutation as well and my son who is 15 years of age has a cluster of cysts in the head of his pancreas and another two cysts in the tail of his pancreas. Look forward to hearing from you.
    Cheers
    Susanne Robins

    1. Hi Susanne,

      I am not a medical doctor and am unable to advise about individual medical situations. It would be best to find an understanding holistic doctor who would be able to advise further in this area.

    2. Suzanne, I have found CanSurvive in Nambour sell 20ml bottles of Frankencense. Ring on 07-54415730 or check their website http://www.cansurvive.org.au where u can order it & put in capsules @ $60 per bottle. They will send the literature with it. I hear it is very powerful against tumors etc. Worth getting a couple of bottles & trying in veggie caps.
      Good luck.

  2. Hi. Im just wondering if it just needs to be digested to help or can you rub the tea on your body or liquify it to rub on your skin?
    Are the flowers medicinal too? Thanks
    Janelle

    1. Hi Edward,

      I am not a medic and can not comment on your medical histroy. Please discuss this with an integrative/holistic GP for further details. There is information at the bottom of the blog post where you can purchase Gumby Gumby from.

    1. Hi Tonia,

      It is the leaves.

      John’s company ‘Wild Crafted Products’ States the following:

      The trees are selected for the quality of both bark and leaves. Only health and vigorous trees are used. All the produce is off freehold land, which is managed with a strong focus on cleanliness and sustainability. We practice wild crafting methods using no sprays and without any disturbance or pollutants from machinery. Further, leaves are harvested following after rain, so as to minimize the presence of dust.

  3. How can i identify the non toxic one of the 6 species? The one my sis has is exactly the same as the pic an I’d barring fruit at the moment however leaves seem to not be as long as in your photo. What’s the best way to propagate to seeds?

  4. Hi Melanie, great article,, it will make it to the CANSURVVIVE Magazine Vol 62 out soon, we are planning another bus trip mid September.. as there is considerable interest in Gumby GUMBY? your interesting and informative web site will also feature in the Magazine. Blessings and love toyou , its a pleasure to know you. Eve Williamson

    1. I do hope that the local Traditional owners have been consulted about the use of this tree before selling it

      1. Hi Trevarne, it would be good to direct this question directly to the farmer. Having spent some time with John I know he is a great guy and am sure would have respect for traditional land owners.

  5. I have a very close friend who was diagnosed in September 2017 with pancreatic cancer, spread to the liver..stage 4. Did 4 months of chemo while taking gumby gumby which we picked in the wild ourselves. His cancer is GONE.
    The Dr was amazed. ..we are all amazed.
    We picked the leaves.
    Put a handful in a saucepan with approximately 2 ltr of water.
    Bring to the boil and let simmer for approximately 20min.
    Allow to sit for few hours.
    Strain.
    Refrigerate liquid and drink about a cup a day…
    It REALLY worked for my friend.
    There is no explanation as to why his cancer vanished. Not only did it vanish but his cancer marker started at 1600.
    Normal is 34.
    His is now 16. 😲
    I have absolutely no reason to lie.
    I just want EVERYONE to know about gumby gumby.

    1. Hi Melanie,
      That is such great news about your friend. My husband 46 years old just has been told he has Pancreatic cancer and in liver a bit so your story gives me so much hope so thanks. The Gumby were did you pick the plant from? We are in WA Perth -city so not sure were you can go to pick it or buy it from? Would you know? I see they have tea or capsules do you know much about them? Taryn

  6. I’ve been purchasing Gumby Gumby in pill format for a few years now from the Koehler’s, I have found John very helpful. Their customer service is outstanding and delivery is super fast. I myself would recommend taken Gumby Gumby pills. I take 6 pills a day, 3 in the morning and 3 before bedtime. I don’t have any health issues, But i keep taken them just for the health benefits that these may offer. Had a full check up at the doctors last week and everything is good, I’m 50 and sit on my bum all day in the office and I am no way a fitness freak. Highly recommend this product. and I’ll be taken Gumby Gumby for many many years to come. Thanks Again John… 🙂

  7. Will it help emphasemia and psoriasis. I have had psoriasis for 40 odd years and no amount of ointments or creams help except cortisone tablets which I don’t like to take. My brother has emphasemia and leads a terrible life. Your thoughts please!

  8. Hi my partner is just wondering if there are any known
    side effects of taking Gumby Gumby and how
    many can you take in a day and is it harmful.

    1. Hi Sandra. I am not a medical professional and am not able to answer this. Please speak to a holistic GP who may be able to help you further. If you require help to find one please email me.

  9. Hi Melanie,
    That is such great news about your friend. My husband 46 years old just has been told he has Pancreatic cancer and in liver a bit so your story gives me so much hope so thanks. The Gumby were did you pick the plant from? We are in WA Perth -city so not sure were you can go to pick it or buy it from? Would you know? I see they have tea or capsules do you know much about them? Taryn

    1. Hi Trevor. I am unable to give direct medical advice. Perhaps reach out to a holistic/integrative GP to discuss further. Please feel free to email or message me and I can connect you further

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