Herbal/Plant Therapies Complementary Alternative Medicine


Cancer treatment quackery fuels concern among doctors, FDA (July 8, 2015)

Be wary of possible side effects, drug interactions when using alternative health supplements, physicians caution One potentially fake cancer drug sold online can actually cause malignancies. One enema... Continue Reading

Ginseng Supplements May Relieve Cancer-Related Fatigue (August 14, 2013)

Cancer patients and survivors who took ginseng supplements for two months felt noticeable relief from fatigue, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Fatigue... Continue Reading

Some Chinese Herbs Reduce Nausea Associated with Chemotherapy (April 3, 2007)

Some Chinese Herbs Reduce Nausea Associated with Chemotherapy According to an article recently published in the Annals of Oncology, treatment with Chinese herbal medicine (CHM), as prescribed by a Chinese... Continue Reading

Chinese Herbal Medicine May Increase Effectiveness of Lung Cancer Chemotherapy (January 20, 2006)

Chinese Herbal Medicine May Increase Effectiveness of Lung Cancer Chemotherapy A combined analysis of 34 studies suggests that Astragalus-based Chinese herbal medicine may increase the effectiveness of... Continue Reading

Recent Trends in Use of Herbal and Other Natural Products (March 2, 2005)

Recent Trends in Use of Herbal and Other Natural Products According to a study recently published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the popularity of herbal remedies and other natural products has... Continue Reading

Calendula Effective Against Radiation-Induced Dermatitis in Breast Cancer (May 7, 2004)

Calendula Effective Against Radiation-Induced Dermatitis in Breast Cancer According to a recent article published in The Journal of Clinical Oncology, calendula (Calendula Officinalis) appears more effective... Continue Reading

Aromatherapy Fails to Reduce Anxiety in Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiation Treatment (September 18, 2003)

Aromatherapy Fails to Reduce Anxiety in Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiation Treatment According to a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, inhalation of aromatherapy during... Continue Reading

Phase III Clinical Trial Suggests Aloe Vera Gel Ineffective for Breast Cancer Radiation Skin Side Effects (April 22, 2003)

Phase III Clinical Trial Suggests Aloe Vera Gel Ineffective for Breast Cancer Radiation Skin Side Effects According to an article recently published in Cancer Nursing, aloe vera gel did not significantly... Continue Reading

Herbal Formula for Colon Cleansing Causes Heart Poisoning (April 22, 2003)

Herbal Formula for Colon Cleansing Causes Heart Poisoning According to an article recently published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, an herbal formula marketed for internal cleansing was the... Continue Reading

Green Tea Appears Ineffective Against Hormone-Resistant Prostate Cancer (March 21, 2003)

Green Tea Appears Ineffective Against Hormone-Resistant Prostate Cancer According to a study recently published in the journal Cancer, green tea failed to reduce prostate specific antigen levels... Continue Reading

Black Cohosh Does Not Appear to Relieve Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Survivors, Although Sweating May Be Reduced (February 11, 2003)

Black Cohosh Does Not Appear to Relieve Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Survivors, Although Sweating May Be Reduced According to an article recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology,... Continue Reading

FDA Rules that Aloe and Cascara Sagrada Cannot be Labeled as Stimulant Laxatives (February 11, 2003)

FDA Rules that Aloe and Cascara Sagrada Cannot be Labeled as Stimulant Laxatives More cancer patients are turning to the use of complementary and alternative medicines, either as primary cancer treatment,... Continue Reading

Chinese Herbal Medicines Frequently Contaminated with Harmful Drugs (February 7, 2003)

Chinese Herbal Medicines Frequently Contaminated with Harmful Drugs An article recently published in the Journal of Internal Medicine reported that a recent analysis of Chinese herbal medicines... Continue Reading

Herbal Supplement PC-SPES may Interfere with Chemotherapy Drug Paclitaxel (February 6, 2003)

Herbal Supplement PC-SPES may Interfere with Chemotherapy Drug Paclitaxel A recent article published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that the herbal supplement PC-SPES appears... Continue Reading

St. John’s Wort Appears to Interfere with Camptosar® and Other Drugs (February 6, 2003)

St. John’s Wort Appears to Interfere with Camptosar® and Other Drugs Research over the last several years has suggested that St. John’s wort, a herbal remedy commonly used for mild... Continue Reading

Herbal Medicines May Produce Adverse Effects for Patients Preparing for Surgery (February 6, 2003)

Herbal Medicines May Produce Adverse Effects for Patients Preparing for Surgery According to an article recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), there is high... Continue Reading

Dietary Curcumin Appears to Block Chemotherapy-Induced Apoptosis in Laboratory Study of Breast Cancer Cells (February 4, 2003)

Dietary Curcumin Appears to Block Chemotherapy-Induced Apoptosis in Laboratory Study of Breast Cancer Cells According to an article recently published in Cancer Research, dietary curcumin may... Continue Reading

Kava Herbal Medicine Banned in Britain and Germany, U.S. Relies on Warning Labels (January 31, 2003)

Kava Herbal Medicine Banned in Britain and Germany, U.S. Relies on Warning Labels Following the recommendation of Britain’s Medicines Control Agency (MCA), the British Parliament has banned... Continue Reading

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