Ginseng helps long-term cancer patients fight off the tiredness caused by the condition.
found high doses of the herb American ginseng over two months reduced
cancer-related tiredness in patients more effectively than a placebo.
studied 340 patients who had completed cancer treatment or were being
treated for cancer at one of 40 community medical centres. Sixty per cent of the patients studied had breast cancer.
day, those taking part received a placebo or 2,000 milligrams of
ginseng administered in capsules containing pure, ground American
Doctor Debra Barton, of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Centre in the United
States, said: ‘Off-the-shelf ginseng is sometimes processed using
ethanol, which can give it oestrogen-like properties that may be harmful
to breast cancer patients.’
At four weeks, the pure ginseng provided only a slight improvement in fatigue symptoms.
Source - Daily Mail