• Anyone heard or tried this Chinese herb used by itself,or with HT/RT?

    Asked by myionu on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    Anyone heard or tried this Chinese herb used by itself,or with HT/RT?


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    • Clyde's Avatar

      It might be an interesting read, but I smell book sales more than curing as the purpose behind it. Before you go into anything like this, you need to do some serious research on the herbs in question, speak to medical professionals and be very wary. If there were a magic pill, it would already be on the market, we would all be taking it and this site would cease to exist.

      over 5 years ago
    • myionu's Avatar

      Thanks for the reply.
      I am trying to get more info on this,but I do know 3 people with cancer that are using this herb,and have had remarkable results just using this.
      Also heard that some of these Chinese herbs/medicines are solely based on the Asian body chemistry,and do not have the same effect on the Caucasian body system.

      over 5 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear myionu,

      I have not heard of the herb that you discuss here. My name is Aliza and I'm a BC patient, and a Medical Librarian. I'm retired. I offer advice (usually non medical) referrals to doctors, hospitals and institutions, agencies, books, and media and research for both patients and medical professionals as needed.

      As mentioned, I don't give medical advice-it's against the Librarians' code of ethics. It's also illegal, because it's practicing medicine without a license. However, I'm allowed to speak from personal experience, so I will.

      Years ago - about 15 or so, I went to see a physician recommended by a colleague. He was a physiatrist (M.D. in Rehab Medicine {not Rehab as in drugs, more like Rehab as in physical therapy). He was Chinese and he'd earned an M.D. in this country but he'd also gone to Medical School in China as well and earned an M.D. there as well as being a trained acupuncturist and was licensed here to do that as well.

      I went to him to see if he could help me with my chronic migraines with acupuncture. I'm not afraid of needles (had 8 years of allergy shots as a kid-I'm 54). I went for about 10 sessions. It didn't help, but I also had elevated blood pressure, and he prescribed a type of Chinese herb. It was very effective. He told me he picked it up here from a pharmacy in NYC's Chinatown.

      When I then found a new PCP, who took my BP and found it was good, and I explained that it was because of the Chinese herbs the other doctor prescribed, he almost had a stroke. The reason: I'm a Lupus patient (was only diagnosed with BC last summer) and I'm on other meds for that. The problem with Chinese herbs is that there are a number of different compounds that can go into those pills and there's no way a Western (Allopathic) Medical doctor can know what's in a Chinese herbal pill or whether it will cause a conflict with other meds that you take. Even the Chinese doctor couldn't be absolutely sure because no one's written anything up on drug interactions between the two. So there's a big conflict right off the bat.

      Chinese herbs sound wonderful and effective and inert because they're herbal. Not everything that's herbal is inert. The herb foxglove is made into the heart medicine digitalis, and was used in the herbal form during colonial times in America to treat heart ailments. Certain mushrooms as you must know cause hallucinogenic effects as does tea made from poppy seeds. It's interesting that the U.S. government outlaws the growing of cannabis, even the form that produces hemp cloth, which they then import from Canada, but permits the growing of poppies, while I know of people who take the seeds to make poppy seed tea which causes very interesting dreams, I'm told (I'm not interested in finding out).

      Clyde is absolutely correct when he told you that you need to seriously research the herbs in question, but more than that, you'd need to ask your Oncologist if it's ok if you take this stuff. I would do whatever the oncologist says and not deviate from it as long as you trust her/his judgment. If not, find someone else! My former PCP (he died) was fine with me using feverfew for migraines, because he'd researched it and found it to be safe and not interact with anything else I was taking at the time.

      In order to take any kind of herbal meds with cancer, while you're on other things, like chemo or other drugs, you really need to have an Oncologist who's somewhat interested in reading up on herbal medicine in my humble opinion.

      Like Clyde, I too smell book sale revenues from unsuspecting people who would want to choose alternative therapies over mainstream medicine. A good book for you to read is "The Emperor of All Maladies:A Biography of Cancer" by Siddhartha Mukurjee. He's an Oncologist a Columbia University Medical Center and this book is brilliant and captivating. As little fun as it sounds, I think you have a much better shot with allopathic medicine than herbal. In terms of bodies and medicine's effects of them, everyone is the same, except for the diet we consume. Chinese people may not eat as much red meat and may consume more fish, and I've heard they have a higher incidence of lactose intolerance than Caucasian people, but other than that everyone is the same. Yes, there are certain genetic predispositions to certain diseases. Ashkenazi women seem to be more prone to BC (I'm half Ashkenazi), but there are environmental factors as well. Long Island, NY seems to have a preponderance of women who have breast cancer. I don't know if that's because there are large numbers of Ashkenazi Jewish women living there or there's something in the environment there. I'd have to do some research on it. It's interesting though.

      Wishing you well, regardless of the path you take,

      over 5 years ago
    • maxineokeefe4's Avatar

      Ganoderma, a type of mushroom is meant to be great for boosting the immune system. We have been trying different herbs to see how they affect my husbands energy and mood. Did anyone try this herb? MM

      over 4 years ago

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