Could Chinese medicine cure leukaemia?

A Chinese herbal medicine has blasted leukaemia into submission.
Seriously ill patients given homoharringtonine, a drug made from the leaves of the plum yew tree, made remarkable recoveries. 

Some had already been treated unsuccessfully with conventional drugs. All were suffering from a hard to treat form of acute myeloid leukaemia – an aggressive cancer of the white blood cells.

Twenty of the 24 patients treated with homoharringtonine, plus a conventional medicine that boosted its effect, went into remission – meaning all signs of their cancer had gone. One 76-year-old woman remained in remission for over a year, despite being given the herbal drug for just five months.

Source  - Daily Mail