Hoxsey was hounded by the FDA, state and local governments until he moved his practice to Mexico. Much like vaping the "establishment" did not like people succeeding where they had failed.
How Healing Becomes a Crime (if it doesn't appear then watch at this URL) is a documentary on this topic:
Note to vapers: Hoxsey was in court a lot - arrested up to once every three days or so on average at the peak of the attacks. He won many court victories demonstrating he had cured cancer yet none of these victories stopped the attacks.
For posterity (ingredients and descriptions from http://www.docevaonline.com/articles/hoxsey.html originally by Eva Urbaniak, N.D.):
Barberry root bark (10 mg.)
Buckthorn Bark (20 mg.)
Burdock root (10 mg.)
Cascara sagrada (5 mg.)
Red clover blossoms (20 mg.)
Licorice root (20 mg.)
Poke root (10 mg.)
Prickly ash bark (5 mg.)
Queen's delight root (10 mg.)
Bloodroot (added for external use only)
(This is list also described somewhat but this.)
Note to vapers: This is all stuff you can buy anywhere or find in your fields. Free, easy to access, etc. just like what makes a vape. This is, I believe, among the reasons why the FDA so strongly attacks. They must balance a justifiable need to eliminate quacks against true advancements in science and technology. Unfortunately, I think this has turned into a simple monetary power struggle to maintain the status quo.
It should be noted that these herbs are added to a potassium iodide solution in varying amounts, depending on what type of cancer a patient may have, so at the Hoxsey clinic today, each formula is custom made. One teaspoon of the tonic is taken four times a day, after meals and at bedtime. External applications of the salve are also used as indicated.
Let's first look at each herb in the formula individually and explore its main attributes:
Barberry root bark (Berberis vulgaris): A gallbladder and liver stimulant, laxative and bitter tonic. Excellent for weak or debilitated people to cleanse and strengthen the system. Has the ability to reduce an enlarged spleen. Effective treatment for malaria and protozoal infections such as Leshmaniasis.
Buckthorn bark (Rhamnus cathartica): A laxative, alterative (like St. John's Wort), and diuretic. As its botanical name suggests, this is a cathartic and can cause diarrhea if too much is used.
Burdock root (Arctium lappa): A bitter, alterative and diuretic. As you may recall, this is one of the main ingredients in the Essiac formula. Traditionally used for psoriasis, joint problems, anorexia, dandruff, and as a poultice for speeding wound and ulcer healing.
Cascara sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana): This is the main ingredient in Ex-lax. It is a mild purgative, excellent in cases of chronic constipation. It encourages peristalsis and tonifies a weak colon.
Red clover blossoms (Trifolium praetense): An alterative, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, and phytoestrogen. This herb is also one of the Essiac herbs, and has been the focus of renewed attention recently with the promotion of the plant's constituents which are plant based estrogens. Plant estrogens do not have any of the side effects of animal derived or synthetic estrogens, and the beauty of phytoestrogens is that they can also inhibit abnormal estrogenic activity, as in the case of suppressing tumor growth. Genistein, (also found in soy extract and used to treat cancer), Daidzein, Biochanin, and Formononetin are the four main recently isolated coumarins in red clover blossoms, that are being promoted as a natural alternative for menopausal symptoms. They are also potent antioxidants. Traditionally, red clover was considered a tonic, a "blood purifier" and a dermatologic agent used externally as a nourishing hair rinse, and in steam baths to soften and heal the skin. The blossoms are still a source of all of the above and make a delicious and nourishing tea.
Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra): An expectorant, demulcent (softens skin and mucous membranes), anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic (relaxes muscles), a mild laxative and an adrenal supportive agent. The glycosides in licorice act like steroids in the body, revitalizing the adrenal glands. Since the impact of stress on the development of disease is now well documented, balancing the glands that regulate the release of the stress hormones is an excellent approach for restoring health. Licorice can also be used successfully to help restore the adrenals after steroid therapy (i.e., prednisone, cortisone, etc.).
Poke root (Phytolacca americana): A lymphatic cleanser, stimulant, anti-catarrhal (breaks up stubborn mucus), anti-rheumatic, purgative (strong laxative), and emetic (can induce vomiting in higher dosages). This herb can be helpful in shrinking enlarged lymph glands, mumps, and is excellent for infections of all kinds, but especially those of the respiratory tract.
Prickly ash bark (Zanthoxylum americanum): A stimulant, especially of the circulatory and lymphatic systems, a carminative (soothes the digestive system), tonic, alterative, and a diaphoretic (induces sweating). It is helpful for varicose veins, leg cramps, rheumatism and skin diseases.
Queen's delight root (Stillingia sylvatica): An astringent, alterative, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, diaphoretic, and sialagogue (promotes saliva). This aromatic herb has historically been used to treat skin disorders, but is also a very powerful lymphatic stimulant. Its astringent properties also make it an effective treatment for hemorrhoids.
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis): Although this herb can be taken internally, Hoxsey preferred to only use it topically. It is a very potent medicine. It is an antiseptic, cathartic, anti-spasmodic, emetic, cardioactive (stimulates the heart and circulation), expectorant, and topical irritant/escharotic, and anti-fungal. It is very effective in treating bronchitis, laryngitis, sore throat, asthma, and is used in naturopathic treatment of HPV (human papilloma virus), the cause of cervical warts in women.