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.
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