Pin Me

Herbal Remedies to Prevent and Cope With Breast Cancer

written by: Lisa Lambson • edited by: Lisa Lambson • updated: 12/30/2010

The risk of breast cancer can be reduced and the side effects from breast cancer treatments can be relieved greatly by using various herbal remedies. These herbal remedies offer alternative and complementary options to breast cancer prevention and treatment.

  • slide 1 of 3

    Breast Cancer

    Most people today know someone in their life that has been affected by breast cancer. There are numerous factors that are known now that can greatly increase the risk of a woman developing this type of cancer. Because there are various types of breast cancer, there are also various types of breast cancer treatment options. Breast cancer treatments are very difficult for the body to endure.

    Many herbal remedies are available that can help prevent and cope with breast cancer. Many women that are high risk for developing breast cancer are turning to herbal remedies to help reduce their risk. In addition, many are using herbal breast cancer treatments to help cope with the side effects.

  • slide 2 of 3

    Herbal Remedy Options

    Flaxseed contains lignans that possess in vitro anti-oxidants and possible estrogen receptor properties that fight off cancer

    Garlic stimulates the immune system to improve your overall health to help prevent breast cancer and to help you cope with breast cancer treatments if you have already been diagnosed with breast cancer.

    Green Tea contains polyphenols that are known to help prevent and slow cancer growth, but do be careful as green tea has a lot of caffeine in it.

    Astragalus Root and Echinacia can be rotated every 7-10 days to enhance the immune system. Begin by taking one for the first 7-10 days and then switching to the other one. Neither should be taken long term continuously.

    Burdock Root, Dandelion Root, Milk Thistle and Red Clover all can be used protect the liver and cleanse the bloodstream to ensure toxins are being filtered out of the body as much as possible.

    Ginko Biloba enhances circulation and brain function which can help with symptoms that you could experience with some breast cancer treatment options.

    Curcumin, which is found in the spice turmeric, appears to be able to prevent the uncontrolled growth of breast tumor cells, to restore the normal mechanism by which cells die and to prevent cancer spread (metastasis) through the blood stream and lymphatic system.

    Coenzyme Q10 is vitamin-like, non-toxic compound that improves cellular oxygenation and may reduce the risk of breast cancer. In addition, it is believed to reduce chemotherapy-related heart damage.

    Colostrum speeds healing and boosts the immune system.

    Germanium can deter cancer growth by stimulating the body's production of interferon, a naturally occurring anti-cancer agent, and help the immune system by boosting the activity of natural killer cells which attack invading germs.

    Selenium is an antioxidant the supports and protects the immune system.

    SOD, super oxide dismutase, is a cellular antioxidant that destroys free radicals. It is believed to reduce fibrosis which may develop as a result of radiation therapy administered for breast cancer

    Maitake Mushrooms contain an important compound called D-fraction. D-fraction inhibits the growth and spread of cancerous tumors and stimulates immune cells to fight the disease.

    The use of any of these herbal breast cancer treatment remedies should be discussed with your physician if you are currently undergoing treatments of any kind as they could interact with medications you are being given.

  • slide 3 of 3

    Disclaimer

    The information in this article should not be considered medical advice. The information in this article is not meant to treat, diagnose, prescribe or cure any ailment. Always check with your physician before taking any products or following any advice you have read on

    Brighthub.com. Always consult your doctor before you start, stop or change anything that has been previously prescribed. Certain herbs and holistic remedies are unsuitable to take if you are pregnant or nursing and must always be cleared by your doctor before use.