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.
While the researchers got positive results, they add that more studies regarding the toxicity of these plants must be conducted. According to them, using different extraction processes or methods can potentially improve the quality of the medicine.
However, some countries, particularly the US, has banned PC-SPES medication. This is partly due to the fact that the FDA found contamination in some of its samples. Additionally, more research needs to be done regarding its effectiveness.