Medicinal Herbs Used in the Fight Against Cancer

July 10, 2019
Combined with conventional treatments, these herb-based therapies can help alleviate symptoms of the disease and improve the quality of life.

Medicinal herbs have been used for centuries in the fight against all types of diseases, even for those that still don’t have a cure, which remains the case for some kinds of cancer today.

As we all know, there are a lot of herbs that can be very effective to help us fight against serious diseases. Many of these plants have been researched by major scientists with a positive outcome in the majority of cases.

Although these alternative therapies can’t permanently cure any type of cancer, they may help improve the quality of life of the patients with this disease and alleviate the symptoms to some extent.

These therapies must be accompanied with conventional treatments because you should never put a medical treatment aside and start therapy with natural herb-based medicine. By no means do we recommend doing this. You could put your health and even your life at risk.

Remember that traditional therapy and natural therapy go together. You should always tell your doctor that you want to drink infusions to get their approval.

The most used plants are:

  • Echinacea
  • Green tea
  • Ginger
  • St. John’s Wort

Ginger is one if the medicinal herbs that can help in the fight against cancer

We recommend drinking them in infusions prepared at home. You can also get them in creams or ointments for topical use or in capsules or pills.

Types of medicinal herbs used in the fight against cancer

Turmeric

Turmeric is popular for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s very useful for patients who suffer from colon cancer and various kinds of polyps. It also has antioxidants that benefit the liver.

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Echinacea

Echinacea is great because it boosts the autoimmune system. It’s used to prevent and treat colds. Some people believe that it helps to control cell growth in brain tumors.

Wormwood

Wormwood is a powerful anti-microbial and anti-fungus herb. It’s used for patients with leukemia. Recent studies have shown that wormwood may have anti-carcinogenic properties.

Feverfew

This plant is also believed to help control cellular growth in patients with leukemia.

Barberry

Berries should be in your diet

The huge family of these bushes has proved to be a very powerful aid in cancer treatment, especially with ovarian cancer.

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Shrub oak

Shrub oak is used in treatments to boost the immune system. It could potentially have the ability to stop metastasis processes by reducing the size of tumors. And it has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

Remember…

As we already explained, medicinal herbs by themselves don’t have definitive curative effects. What we can assure you is that combined with conventional treatments, they’re a huge help to improve the quality of life for cancer patients.

A lot of these medicinal plants help control the mental stress that comes with knowing you’re sick with cancer. The use of alternative therapy in general improves your overall health.

Remember that it’s another type of help to keep in mind. When you’re trying to prevent and cure diseases, you shouldn’t leave aside or not use any kind of recommendation. You have to be sure of where they come from and how healthy they can be. 

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