Herbal Products Can Aggravate Chemotherapy, Claim Researchers

Herbal Products Can Aggravate Chemotherapy, Claim Researchers

A belief that herbal medicines help treating patients undergoing chemotherapy has been discarded by a report from Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The report based on a study reveals that herbal medicines harmed patients undertaking chemotherapy. According to the researchers, Acai berry, herbal teas, cumin, turmeric and use of garlic certainly benefits health but these supplements may react in an adverse manner while chemotherapy sessions.

The research does not claim that all herbal products have an adverse effect on chemotherapy patients, but it has notified some products that seriously affect the metabolism of the patient in a negative way.

A regular use of garlic can result in bleeding after surgery, while herbs used for cooking purpose consumed in small portions and for a short period of time were safe.

According to Dr. June M. McKoy, MD, Geriatrician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and lead researcher, the patients should consult with the doctors about their consumption of herbal products.

As per Dr. McKoy, “With the growth of the Internet, patients have better access to information about alternative products and often turn to dietary and herbal supplements to treat their illness because they think they’re natural and safe”.

The report of the research was presented in the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference.


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