How Do You Go About Using Herbal Medicine for Prostate Cancer?
It’s not uncommon for cancer patients to explore alternative forms of medicine. One reason for this is that typical forms of treatment for cancer have side effects. Some patients feel that the side effects of their treatment are unbearable, and they struggle to continue with treatment. Others feel that these effects negatively impact their quality of life.
This is why some patients opt to explore herbal medicine, in an attempt to mitigate the side effects. In fact, according to one study, herbal medicines are among the most common treatments used by cancer patients1. Aside from the lack of side effects, the authors add that herbal medicine is generally perceived to be safe by the general public.
In the case of prostate cancer, patients are no different. Many of them try herbal medicine, sometimes in conjunction with their treatments in order to help cure their disease.
What Herbal Medicines Are Used?
Researchers have done numerous studies on the effectiveness of herbal medicine on prostate cancer. In one study researchers tested a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) called PC-SPES for its effectiveness. According to the researchers, the herbal medicine helped inhibit the growth and metastasis of cancer cells. This medicine included extracts from ganoderma mushrooms, lychees, Saussurea plant, Chinese skullcap, and other plants used in TCM2.