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How Do I Choose the Best Herbal Cancer Treatment?

By Lee Johnson
Updated May 17, 2024
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The best herbal cancer treatment can be chosen based on the type of cancer you have and the possibility of it having any negative interactions with conventional medicine. Herbal cancer treatments include garlic, poke root, red clover, essiac and iscador. If studies show that the herbal treatment you want to use has a significant effect on the type of cancer it is going to be used for, check with your doctor before starting treatment.

Cancer is a condition that revolves around the growth of tumors. Tumors grow when cells that should have stopped growing spontaneously begin to grow again. This can happen in various parts of the body, such as the lungs, brain, bones and blood, and is generally treated by surgery and radiotherapy or chemotherapy. These treatments are used because they have conclusively been shown in scientific research to have a beneficial effect on cancer.

Herbal medicine has not had this success in scientific studies. This could either be because sufficient research hasn’t been conducted into its effects or because its effects where shown to be insignificant. For example, doctors use penicillin for the treatment of many conditions because it has been shown to help them. Penicillin is derived from a common mold, which is a natural ingredient. These ingredients are tested, and if they work, they cease to become herbal or alternative medicine, and are referred to as medicine. Aspirin is another example of a natural remedy that is now used in medicine.

The best herbal cancer treatment, therefore, is still generally considered to be less effective than any medical treatment, and this should always be kept in mind. Eating raw garlic is one suggested herbal treatment for cancer. Alternative medicine enthusiasts suggest that cancer patients consume at least three to five cloves of raw garlic per day. Another suggested herbal treatments for cancer is iscador, which is derived from mistletoe. European mistletoe is most commonly used for the treatment of cancer, and the solution is sometimes injected directly into the tumor site when being used for the treatment of liver, esophageal and cervical cancer.

Even the best herbal cancer treatment should never be used as a replacement for conventional medicine. Any patients considering using herbal cancer treatment should check with their doctor to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with the medicine being used. When looking for the best herbal cancer treatment, remember that it should perform significantly better than a placebo in clinical trials.

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Discussion Comments

By anon197008 — On Jul 15, 2011

Theree is a cancer treatment using rodent tubers. You can search under rodent tuber or prof teo. Botanist from university sains malaysia.

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