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.


FrenchTribune Specials

While you may share your love for coffee with large number of people across the world, there is a possibility that consumption level may differ greatly. Why some people could only consume less amount of coffee, while others can take several cups a day is now defined by presence of a gene variant in an individual’s body.

The study that...

Exxon reports 46% decline in First Quarter earning

On Thursday, Exxon reported a 46% decline in earnings in the first quarter, by earning $4.9 billion compared with $9.1 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Exxon's top and bottom lines declined due to lower oil prices.

It was the...

Most Popular

MIT team publishes slow-motion video of sneeze

Lydia Bourouiba, mathematical physicist and head of a...

Report: Google, Facebook, and Twitter are ‘the lifeblood of Daesh’

According to a new report released by the UK Home...

Milk protein helps make edible packaging for food products

Most of the food products come wrapped in plastic...

Poll

Can Greece Come out of Economic Problems: