Herbs and radiotherapy.
(Care and treatment)
Herbs (Health aspects)
Radiotherapy (Health aspects)
|Publication:||Name: Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism Publisher: National Herbalists Association of Australia Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2006 National Herbalists Association of Australia ISSN: 1033-8330|
|Issue:||Date: Winter, 2006 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 4|
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To complete the series of articles on herbal interactions in the treatment of cancer, it is important to consider radiotherapy as well as drug therapy. While this area has been partially covered in previous articles, it is worthwhile having an interaction chart for radiotherapy itself for quick reference.
Cancer patients routinely undergo radiotherapy as part of their treatment. This has a number of side effects including free radical damage, immune suppression, malabsorption due to gastrointestinal atrophy, and perhaps most importantly general debility. This combination can seriously weaken the patient.
Herbal medicine is uniquely placed to offer genuine support by supporting vitality, enhancing resistance and reducing side effects.
Because interactions between radiotherapy and herbal medicines are often based on theory, there are conflicting opinions. In these cases we strongly recommend that individual practitioners refer to the sources cited below and then use their professional judgement.
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Ruth Kendon is a practising naturopath and herbalist based in Sydney. After graduating in 1984 with diplomas in Naturopathy and Botanical Medicine, she has spent the last 20 years in private practice and taught clinical nutrition for 17 years at Sydney naturopathic colleges. For the last 10 years she has been involved in the formulation and design of hundreds of natural health products including foods, herbal medicines, nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies and essential oils. Her greatest passion is for genuine, high quality herbal and nutritional medicine and for food. Ruth is a Director of the Board of the NHAA.
Proven, Beneficial Herb Botanical name disproven or or harmful theoretical interaction Aloe vera Aloe spp Some evidence Beneficial fresh gel Astragalus Astragalus Proven in Beneficial membranaceus animals Ginseng Panax ginseng Proven Beneficial Korean Panax ginseng Proven Beneficial Ginseng Naiouli Melaleuca Empirical Beneficial essential oil viridiflora Reishi Ganoderma lucidum Proven Beneficial mushroom Siberian Eleutherococcus Proven in Beneficial ginseng senticosus animals Slippery elm Ulmus rubra Empirical Beneficial bark Turmeric Curcuma longa Proven in vitro Possibly and in animals beneficial Withania Withania somnifera Proven in Beneficial animals Withania Withania somnifera Proven in Beneficial animals Herb Comments Aloe vera Relieves pain and promotes fresh gel healing of radiation-induced burns and eczema. Astragalus Restores immune function after radiotherapy. Ginseng Protects the bone marrow during radiotherapy. Korean Protects animals against Ginseng radiation. Naiouli Minimises the severity of essential oil burning on the skin. Reishi Supports immune resistance in mushroom people undergoing radiotherapy. Siberian Increases resistance of the ginseng organism to radiation. Slippery elm Relieves pain and promotes bark healing of mouth ulcers and gastrointestinal inflammation after radiotherapy. Turmeric Protects animals against radiation. Withania Reverses radiation-induced immunosuppression. Withania Increases antitumour effects of radiotherapy.
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