Herbs For Cancer

Herbs for cancer Herbs for cancer can be a wonderful adjuctive therapy when someone is fighting cancer. There are several ways herbs can be used to fight cancer. One is to take herbs preventatively on a daily basis to help support the body's immune system. It is estimated that close to 25% of all Americans will have cancer at some point in their lives. Using herbal remedies for immune support can help the body fight off cancer.

In addition to the immune system attacking cancer cells like an infection, there are genetic safeguards built into each cell in our bodies. These "watchdog" genes in the DNA are programmed to turn off cancer cells unless these genes themselves become damaged. Scientific research has identified herbs that protect watchdog genes from damage.

Once a person has cancer, herbs can be beneficial in helping with the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. I should make one thing clear..in no way am I advocating the use of herbs alone for cancer. This is the same sort of thinking that a fracture of a bone can be treated with herbs!

Cancer is a complex process and various types of cancer need to be treated with various options. Herbs can be beneficial in supplementing these treatments but must be coordinated with the oncologist, surgeon, radiation physician and perhaps a nutritionist.

Risk Factors For Cancer

  • Heredity (family history)
  • Long exposure to environmental pollutants
  • Certain infections (Hepatitis B and C)
  • Poor diet (lack of fruits and vegetables)
  • Smoking and exposure to second hand smoke
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Excessive sun exposure

Warning Signs Of Cancer

  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits
  • A sore that does not heal
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge
  • A lump in the breast
  • A new onset of headache and/or seizures
  • Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
  • Changes in a mole
  • A nagging cough or hoarseness

I have divided the information about herbs for cancer into a couple of different pages.

Here is information on herbs for use with chemotherapy.

Here is information on herbs for use with radiation therapy.

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