Cancer is a serious illness that comes in many forms. It can cause life-threatening complications and generally is costly to treat, with little in the way of tried and true cures. If you know someone with cancer or are concerned about the development of cancer, it’s important to know what you can do outside of medical treatment to protect your health. You might think of herbs as just something you add to your cooking for extra flavor, but they are so much more than that. Here are x herbs that can help you fight cancer or its side effects.
While most commonly associated with pizza, oregano has numerous health benefits, most notably anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Research indicates that oregano can contribute to stopping the growth of colon cancer cells, as well as killing them. There is also some evidence to suggest that carnosol, a phytochemical present in oregano, has cancer-fighting properties, particularly for prostate, breast, colon, and skin cancer, as well as leukemia. As mentioned earlier, oregano is an antioxidant, and one of the strongest; antioxidants fight the process of oxidation, which left unchecked can damage the body and either create malignant cells or inhibit their destruction.
Turmeric, known as curcumin, is full of antioxidants and works well with cat’s claw and astragalus. Specifically, turmeric prevents cancer cells from dividing and has the power to kill malignant cells without causing harm to healthy ones. It is effective on its own as a cancer treatment, but it is also used in conjunction with chemotherapy to kill more cancer cells than chemotherapy alone. It also stops the blood supply to cancer cells, and outperform drugs in terms of anti-inflammation and other ailments with none of the side effects. While countering existing cancer, it helps prevent new cancer caused by chemotherapy.
This herb has a long history in Chinese medicine. It has been used to treat a large number of illnesses, given its role as an immune system booster. This herb stimulates the production of the chemical Interferon and helps the immune system to identify rogue cells that may harm the body. Additionally, other chemicals found in astragalus, such as saponins, flavonoids, and polysaccharides contribute to inhibiting or even reducing tumor growth in cancer patients, particularly against liver cancer. This is especially helpful in place of or chemotherapy because these chemicals reduce the cancer cells’ resistance to certain cancer-fighting drugs.
Known as ‘uncaria tormentosa,’ cat’s claw works well with other herbs, including curcumin, Echinacea, and the aforementioned astragalus. It strengthens the immune system; specifically, it aids white blood cells in the cleanup process of phagocytosis, the process by which a white blood cell consumes harmful material. Cat’s claw can reduce the size of tumors, typically those caused by skin cancer, and it is also used to fight cancer in the urinary tract, or glioblastoma, a certain form of brain cancer. It is thought that cat’s claw helps to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, but thus far, results are inconclusive.