• Has anyone tried using the herbal supplement ginseng to boost oxygen intake while undergoing treatment for lung cancer? Did it help?

    Asked by smeyer on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    Has anyone tried using the herbal supplement ginseng to boost oxygen intake while undergoing treatment for lung cancer? Did it help?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Ginseng is sold as a dietary supplement in the United States. Unlike companies that produce drugs (which must provide the FDA with results of detailed testing showing their product is safe and effective before the drug is approved for sale), the companies that make supplements do not have to show evidence of safety or health benefits to the FDA before selling their products. Supplement products without any reliable scientific evidence of health benefits may still be sold as long as the companies selling them do not claim the supplements can prevent, treat, or cure any specific disease. So if a company is making claims that their product has beneficial medicinal effects such as boosting oxygen intake, then not only is that BS, it is illegal.

      Herbal supplements also may not contain the amount of the herb or substance that is written on the label, and some may include other substances (contaminants). There is no regulation of the manufacturing process or safety of these product. Most such supplements have not been tested to find out if they interact with medicines, foods, or other herbs and supplements.

      Never take any kind of supplements while in chemo without your oncologists specific approval.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Nancyjac is so correct and I cannot support what she has said enough. Be very careful taking supplements without talking to your dr first. Even if they do help on the surface or even be highly effective when taken alone, they may interact with the meds your dr is prescribing in a negative way. This is not the time to experiment without research, even with what appears to be innocuous vitamins.

      almost 4 years ago
    • smeyer's Avatar

      Yes, I've asked her Doctor and they don't feel it would interact in a negative way with her chemo, I just wanted to find out if anyone has had any positive effects from using it.

      almost 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      I was told by my Doctor/ Oncologist to specifically stay away from Ginseng while taking cancer treatments

      over 3 years ago
    • maxineokeefe4's Avatar

      CAS1 we were told the opposite - so confusing the information about different cancer treatments! Ginseng, astragalus and ganoderma were recommended to us to boost my husbands immune system?

      over 2 years ago

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