Herbal Products Used in Herbal Cancer Treatments
Common herbal products used by cancer patients include:
Aloe Vera: It helps in soothing the burn wounds sustained by radiotherapy. Some patients find the aloe vera products can treat constipation. Aloe vera can be applied directly onto the wound on the skin upon being squeezed from the leaves. The product also can be purchased from pharmacy as gel or cream.
Black Cohosh: An herbal product which is more of a supplement rather than a treatment option. It is commonly used to relieve the symptoms of menopause as a result of hormone treatment for breast cancer patients. However, certain reports published that black cohosh can potentially cause liver failure though the mechanism is unknown. A dose of 100mg is considered very high and is associated with side effects like headache, giddiness and slow heart rate.
Ginseng: Studies show that it inhibits the inflammatory process that leads to cancer generation. Ginseng also causes the activation of the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein. The ultimate outcome is killing the cancer cells (apoptosis) and halting cancer cell progression.
Dong Quai: Extracts of dong quai demonstrated anti-tumor effects which can be attributed to its inhibitory effects on tumor invasions, metastasis of cancer cells and tumor suppression. Besides that, it has effects on down regulating pro-inflammatory agents. However, due to is estrogenic property, patients with hormone-sensitive cancers should avoid dong quai.