Scientists studying a four-herb combination discovered some 1,800 years ago by Chinese herbalists have found that the substance enhances the effectiveness of chemotherapy in patients with colon cancer. The mixture, known in China as huang qin tang, has been shown in early trials to be effective at reducing some side effects of chemotherapy, including diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. The herbs also seem to bolster colon-cancer treatment.
A scientific team led by Yung-Chi Cheng, a researcher at Yale University, and funded in part by the National Cancer Institute, is planning to expand the studies and its effectiveness in people with colon cancer. Research data seem to support Dr. Cheng’s hunch about traditional medicine. “If it’s still in use after a thousand years there must be something right,” he says.
Many herbal supplements may help in possible cancer-treatment. Boswellia serrata has been known to reduce inflammation, and may help to reduce tumor growth and brain swelling. Valeriana officinalis has sedating effects, and some studies have shown that supplementation may improve sleep in cancer patients undergoing treatment. St. John’s Wort has analgesic, sedative and anti-depressant effects, and it is being studied for its ability to reduce hot flashes in postmenopausal women with breast cancer.
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