There are several herbal treatments for cervical cancer that can help patients live comfortably. The alternative therapies and complementary medicine for treatment of cervical cancer is used in conjunction with the standard medical procedure.
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Herbal Remedies for Cervical Cancer
Green Tea: A study conducted at the A.P. John Institute for Cancer Research confirmed that green tea plays a major role in the prevention or treatment of cervical cancer. The therapeutic herb has several biologically active compounds, which include polyphenols and epigallocatechin-3-gallate, to restrict the energy supply of cancer cells. A study published in the International Journal of Gynaecological Cancer and Photomedicine and Laser Surgery journals confirming green tea’s ability to inhibit cancer cell growth in cervical cancer patients.
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Turmeric: Known for its therapeutic properties, turmeric is touted as a cancer-fighting agent. According to a study published in the Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer, curcumin present in turmeric blocks the growth of cervical cancer by inhibiting angiogenesis and inducing apoptosis, to disable the physiological process that creates new blood vessels that allow tumours to grow by nourishing them with nutrients and oxygen.
Garlic: Garlic extract contains several antioxidants that inhibit and destroy the growth of cervical cancer cells. In addition, these antioxidants stimulate the immune system, specifically white blood cells to aid the treatment of cervical cancer.
Goldenseal: Goldenseal extracts are helpful for cervical cancer patients, who complain of irritated, swollen or infected vaginal tissues. To improve vaginal circulation, patients can take goldenseal in the form of capsules, extracts or teas of the herb. Besides, goldenseal helps contain side-effects of chemotherapy by maintaining white blood cells.
Astragalus: Astragalus offers protection for cervical cancer patients from free radicals that may hinder immune system functions owing to its therapeutic properties. Usually taken as a capsule, the herb can also be steeped in tea for cervical cancer cure.
Aloe vera: Aloe vera extract is helpful for cervical patients, as it helps avoid processing of certain carcinogenic toxins. Moreover, it prevents cervical cancer complications such as diarrhoea.
Folic acid: According to a study at the University of Maryland Medical Center, women deficient in folic acid worsened their condition. Green veggies such as spinach, mustard greens, turnip greens, beets, soybeans, lima beans, beef liver, brewer's yeast, milk, salmon, fortified breads and cereals are advisable for cervical cancer patients.
Several studies in the past have produced scientific evidences of herbs aiding cervical cancer treatment; however, a patient must seek medical advice to learn if herbal remedies would suit their condition or not.
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