Natural Herbs for Cancer Treatment - What Really Works? Pharmacists Talk

What are some natural herbs for cancer treatment that are currently in use?

There are many natural herbal remedies that are used around the world for the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Many of these are suggested by health care experts who practice complimentary and alternative medicine.

Most of them have demonstrated the ability to slow down and kill of cancer cells in lab studies and on animals.

Find out what these useful herbs are in your fight against cancer...

Natural Herbs for Cancer Treatment and Prevention in Use Today

Below is a list of herbs for cancer that have the backing of research studies.

Coriolus versicolor

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), practitioners commonly use this herb for the treatment of cancer. Indeed, this herb is shown in some studies done in humans to be able to enhance the effect of existing chemotherapy.

Some herbalists believe that combining the use of herbs with chemotherapy allows an enhance cancer-cell killing effects. This may lead to a greater chance of curing cancer.

Another advantage is that a lower dose of chemotherapy may be used to reduce the potential side effects from the cancer treatment.

The Japanese has been using this herb for many decades now for the treatment of lung, breast, stomach, liver, colon and throat cancer.

Green Tea

Around the world, many Asians consume green tea in the hope of preventing cancer and many other diseases. Indeed, they might just be doing the right thing!

Scientific studies have shown that green tea is rich in antioxidants and chemicals that seem to stop cancer growth in lab and animal studies.

By looking at a group of people and reviewing their dietary habits, it seems that green tea reduces the risk of developing throat, urinary bladder and pancreatic cancer.

Isn't this good enough reason for drinking green tea daily?


Eating raw garlic doesn't sound appealing at all. And it will make your breath rather offensive.

However, on the plus side, it contains potent antioxidants and seems to prevent cellular damage. One of the key active ingredient in garlic is allicin, the substance believed to hold the key to cancer prevention.

Garlic has been shown in clinical studies to reduce the toxic substance produced by nitrates that we take into our body. Where do nitrates come from? Foods cooked at a high temperature produce nitrates. (Think weekend BBQ in your backyard with your friends.)

Studies of dietary habits of people living in different countries show that in population that eats a lot of garlic, the incidence of cancer is lower (colon, breast, ovarian, stomach and prostate).

See the full review on the Health Benefits of Garlic to find out about garlic.

Maitake Mushroom

This mushroom seems to possess some anti-cancer benefits by its ability to stimulate the immune system.

Although there are not many good studies done, some small trials do suggest that maitake mushroom could help with breast, liver, lung and prostate cancer.


This is the most popular herb used in Asian countries. Asians believe that this herb holds the key to youth and longevity. In fact, some ginseng root sells for thousands of dollars per ounce!

Population studies do show that high consumption of ginseng seems to cut back the risk of various types of cancer (liver, throat, lung and mouth).

See the full review on the Health Benefits of Ginseng.


This Indian herb is commonly used spice in cooking. Its bright yellow colour and spicy hot taste adds to the flavour of many dishes.

But did you know that the curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, seem to have anti-cancer benefits?

Indeed animal studies show that it reduces the risk of breast, skin, prostate, lung and colon cancer.

On the specific topic on cancer, see Turmeric for Cancer for a discussion on this particular use.

Recommended Article - Natural Remedies for Cancers

For a complete list of all the natural herbs for cancer treatment and prevention, see our highly informative article Natural Remedies for Cancer.

You will not be disappointed with the information you will find there. In addition, dosages used by herbalists will be fully discussed in this revealing article.

Bottom Line

Looking for herbs that may help in the battle against cancer?

Indeed, there are many different types of herbs from various parts of the world that may prove to be useful in the fight against cancer.

Keep in mind that the treatment of cancer is a very complex and requires regular monitoring.

It is essential that a qualified health care professional is supervising your treatment.

Depending on the type of cancer involved different supplements are suggested by experts.

You can gain access to the complete list of supplements for specific types of cancer at Supplements for Cancer Patients.

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Revised: August 26, 2019