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.

There 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. 

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.

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.

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

Gumby Gumby is also available to purchase at:

U Can Survive.

69 Park Road, Nambour.

07 5441 5730

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


The Herbal Tea Cup. Email: 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.

2 thoughts on “Gumby Gumby-An Aboriginal Herb”

  1. Susanne Robins says

    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.
    Susanne Robins

    1. Melanie Eager saysadmin

      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.

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