Botanical medicine and cancer: A review of the safety and efficacy

  • Boon H
  • Wong J
  • H. B
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Abstract

It is currently estimated that > 50% of all patients diagnosed with cancer explore complementary and alternative medicine - especially herbal medicine. We conducted a comprehensive review to assess the safety and efficacy of herbal medicines commonly used by patients in an attempt to: prevent cancer; treat cancer; and treat adverse effects associated with conventional cancer treatments. Current evidence suggests that Asian ginseng, garlic, green tea, tomatoes and soy intake as part of the diet may be useful in preventing various cancers; additional research is needed in order to determine the efficacy of essiac, evening primrose oil, mistletoe, reishi, shiitake and turmeric as cancer treatments; and ginger may be effective in treating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. (copyright) 2004 Ashley Publications Ltd.

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  • Curcuma longa extract
  • Ganoderma lucidum
  • Ganoderma lucidum extract
  • Lentinula edodes
  • Lentinula edodes extract
  • Stevens Johnson syndrome
  • Viscum album
  • Viscum album extract
  • Viscum album lectin
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  • alternative medicine
  • anorexia
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  • antidiabetic agent
  • antihypertensive agent
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  • antithrombocytic agent
  • barbituric acid derivative
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  • dysuria
  • efamol
  • epistaxis
  • essiac
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  • green tea extract
  • halitosis
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  • primrose oil
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  • soybean
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  • stomach pain
  • throat disease
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  • unclassified drug
  • unindexed drug
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  • xerostomia

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Authors

  • Heather Boon

  • Jacqueline Wong

  • Boon H.

  • Wong J.

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