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Herbs to Relieve Side Effects  

What herbs can be used to help breast cancer patients relieve side effects of treatment?

Before adding any herbs to your daily regimen, it is important to first coordinate with your integrative healthcare physician and your oncologists. At certain times during treatments, some herbs may not be appropriate, or else dosages of herbs may need to be changed to maximize the benefits of the herbs.

Many breast cancer patients have experienced benefits from the following herbs:





































Herb

Potential Benefit for Breast Cancer Patients


Passionflower
(Passiflora incarnata)


Helps manage anxiety of coping with a cancer diagnosis and treatment


Kava kava
(Piper methysticum)


Helps manage anxiety of coping with a cancer diagnosis and treatment


Poke root
(Phytolacca
americana)


Beneficial for breast cancer patients with lymph node involvement


Red root
(Ceanothus americanus)


Beneficial for breast cancer patients with lymph node involvement


Ginger root
(Zingiber officinale)


Helps manage nausea


Fennel seed
(Foeniculum vulgare)†


Helps manage nausea


Oatstraw
(Avena sativa)


Effective in helping manage extreme exhaustion


Skullcap
(Scutellaria lateriflora)


Effective in helping manage extreme exhaustion





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