Natural Medicine in Cancer
You may be wondering, “Are natural therapies safe to use in Chemotherapy, radiotherapy or during oncology treatment?”
Many natural supplements, including antioxidant supplements and herbal medicine, have been shown in various scientific studies to help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Many antioxidants have also be proposed to have powerful anti-cancer properties.
According to many scientific papers, some herbal medicines, vitamins and antioxidants can inhibit the cytotoxic effect of chemotherapy drugs which is detrimental to the treatment outcome. Others can enhance their cytotoxic effect (such as vitamin E and biobran) and therefore are beneficial during chemotherapy treatment. This subject is complex because there are so many antioxidants and so many chemotherapy drugs, and the full nature of all the interactions is unknown. Some of the interactions are due to the effect of supplements on the liver detoxification pathways. So if you are intending to take vitamins and antioxidants along with pharmaceutical treatment for cancer, it is very important to do further research and/or ask a nutritional or naturopath specialist who has extensive knowledge of the potential interactions.
It is also very important to understand supplements available at the chemist, pharmacy or even supermarket are often poor quality. The ingredients and excipients vary considerably, so it is important to get high quality vitamins, herbal medicines and antioxidants. It is also important to consider natural medicines which have been extracted or prepared in such a way as to maximise their bio-availability and those which are absorb in greater quantities. If a patient takes a poor quality product it is most likely poorly absorbed and excreted with little benefit to the body or effect on the cancer.
Traditional Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. It is an effective and natural way in assisting the body’s own healing capacity and promoting optimal health and well-being.