Breast cancer is one of the deadliest diseases. That is why, sufferers will seek various treatments for breast cancer, one of which is herbal medicine. Is it really an effective herbal remedy for breast cancer? What options are available?
Herbal remedy recommendations for breast cancer
So far there have been no studies that prove herbal medicine can cure breast cancer.
Even so, some natural ingredients and certain herbal medicines are believed to help relieve the symptoms of breast cancer and the side effects of treatment. Combining natural treatments is believed to help maintain endurance and stamina during the main treatment.
The following are various herbal medicines that have the potential to have been medically investigated for the treatment of breast cancer.
Echinacea is a plant of the Asteraceae family. Research published in the Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal says the Echinacea purpurea plant has the potential to help treat cancer.
Echinacea contains flavonoids which are antioxidants. Flavonoids are compounds that can stimulate the immune system. Flavonoids can also increase lymphocyte activity, which is part of white blood cells to increase the immune system.
These antioxidant compounds are also thought to be able to reduce the side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
That is why, this herbal medicine is said to help improve the quality of life of patients while undergoing advanced cancer therapy, including breast cancer.
Herbal medicine called can ward off breast cancer next is garlic.
Related to its potential for breast cancer herbal medicine, garlic contains a substance called ajoene which is known to temporarily inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
In addition, garlic as a breast cancer herbal medicine also contains antioxidant compounds such as bioflavonoids, cyanidin, and quercetin which are known to be able to ward off free radicals in the body.
One of the negative effects of free radical buildup itself is genetic mutations that can trigger cancer.
The high amount of organic sulfides and polysulfides in garlic also allegedly increases its potential as an anticancer herbal medicine.
Turmeric named Latin Curcuma Longa is one of the herbal medicines that can be consumed during breast cancer treatment.
Turmeric and rhizomes and rootstock are especially rich in curcumin, the active ingredient that is strongly suspected to be anticancer because of its phenolic substance.
In addition, curcumin converts eicosanoid compounds such as prostaglandin E-2 (PGE-2) in the body into antioxidant compounds and anti-inflammatory substances.
Curcumin is known to be able to inhibit the growth phase of cancer from initial formation to division.
According to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, carotenoids contain important antioxidants to help kill the effects of free radicals and protect the body from the damage they cause.
Based on this nature, carotenoids are believed to be one of the herbal medicines that help fight breast cancer.
Eat fruits and vegetables high in carotenoids such as carrots, oranges, spinach to help strengthen stamina and endurance during breast cancer treatment.
Broccoli, guava, mango, tomato, sweet potato, pumpkin, and watermelon are also high-carotenoid foods that can be consumed as herbal medicines for breast cancer.
5. Green tea
Green tea leaves, also known as Camellia sinensis, are rich in polyphenols. The polyphenols found in green tea are epigallocatechin (EGGG), which are antitumor and anti-mutagenic.