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Enhancing Cancer CareComplementary therapy and support$
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Jennifer Barraclough

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297559

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297559.001.0001

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Herbal medicine

Herbal medicine

(p.177) Chapter 16 Herbal medicine
Enhancing Cancer Care

Doreen Oneschuk

Jawaid Younus

Heather Boon

Oxford University Press

Many patients with cancer make use of herbal therapies in the hope of an anti-cancer effect, to decrease cancer-related symptoms, and/or to improve quality of life. Herbal natural health products are available in several forms including teas, tinctures, and capsules. Product regulation is country dependent. In dealing with herbal products, it is important for healthcare practitioners to be aware of product quality and standardisation issues. In addition, practitioners must be alert to the potential for interactions with other medications, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Practitioners should acquire knowledge and skills so that they can effectively counsel cancer patients who are interested in herbal medicine. This chapter discusses the evidence base for five common herbs: Asian ginseng, Essiac, ginger, green tea, and mistletoe.

Keywords:   Asian ginseng, cancer, cancer patients, herbal products, herbal medicine, regulation, Essiac, ginger, green tea, mistletoe

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