Ginseng May Improve Fatigue in Cancer Patients

Ginseng May Improve Fatigue in Cancer Patients

American Ginseng in it’s original form Image credit: 123RF Stock Photo

A study led by the Mayo Clinic found that “high doses of the herb American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) over two months reduced cancer-related fatigue in patients more effectively than a placebo”.  Fatique is one of the most common short term & longer term side effects caused by cancer treatments.

Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)…

Researchers studied 340 patients who had either completed cancer treatment or who were currently in treatment for cancer.  Each day, participants received a placebo or 2,000 milligrams of ginseng administered in capsules containing pure, ground American ginseng root.  After 4 weeks, the pure ginseng provided only a slight improvement in fatigue symptoms. However, at 8 weeks, cancer patients taking the ginseng noticed a significant improvement in general exhaustion when compared to the placebo group.  The herb had no apparent side effects.

It is imperative that you check with your doctor before taking ANY supplements. Please note also that off-the-shelf ginseng is sometimes processed using ethanol, which can give it estrogen-like properties that may be harmful to breast cancer patients.

 

(Source:  Mayo Clinic)



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