Alternative Cancer Treatment Mexico uses the Functional Medicine program to treat chronic disease. Taking the very best of both modern and traditional medicine, the Functional Medicine Programs are showing remarkable results. History shows the undoubted benefits of a range of plants and alternative therapies; so we harness this ancient knowledge and methods alongside cutting edge medicine to create a holistic healthcare package for our patients.
One such ancient medicine is ginseng. New research shows that ginseng has the potential to improve the quality of life of breast cancer patients as well as increasing survival rates for cancer patients who consumed it prior to diagnosis. Western medicine practitioners and scientists alike are taking note of the ancient root made famous by its role in traditional Chinese medicine; isn’t it time you did too?
The Root of It
Ginseng is a slow-growing perennial herbal root that has been a pillar in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries made popular for its restorative properties. Ginseng was originally grown in the wild in China and other parts of East Asia, and is now also found in North America although the Asian ginseng is more potent in its effects over the North American variety. There are two types of ginseng- red and white. White ginseng, is unprocessed and is typically used over long periods of type to promote healing and longevity, whereas red is processed, with much stronger effects thus often used over short periods to fight diseases. Both varieties contain compounds ginsenosides, thought to be the active compound behind ginseng’s restorative abilities.
Researching an Ancient Medicine
While Chinese medicine has long believed in the benefits of this root, Western medicine has been slow to follow until recently. In fact, there has been a noticeable increase in recent years of breast cancer patients using ginseng despite the lack of supporting clinical data, until now.
A study from Vanderbilt University located in Nashville, Tennessee followed nearly 1,500 patients based in Shanghai for up to 6 years and found that those women with a history of taking ginseng were 70% more likely to survive breast cancer than those women who did not take ginseng, showing that ginseng prior to diagnosis improves survival outcomes
Additionally studies showed that women undergoing at least one form of conventional breast cancer treatment (such as surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy) who began taking ginseng after a diagnosis of breast cancer, taking an average of 1.3g of ginseng root per day, reported having more energy and better sleep than those women who did not take ginseng. This evidence links ginseng to improved quality of life after cancer diagnosis. The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates a safe dose of ginseng to be 1 to 2g of dried root or 200 to 600mg of standardized extract.
Research Supports Ginseng’s Healing Abilities
Additional animal based research further supports the restorative abilities of ginseng. A study in animals and test tubes indicates that the ginseng compounds, ginsenosides, make cancer cells more susceptible to the effects of chemotherapy.
In another lab based study on cancer cells from patients with colorectal cancer, researchers concluded ginseng possessed potent anti-cancer properties.
Evidence based Western medicine now supports what Chinese medicine has believed for years, ginseng has strong restorative powers. With research showing that taking ginseng prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer improves survival rates and adding ginseng to your treatment plan following diagnosis improves quality of life, it is no wonder more and more women are taking ginseng.
Like with any herbal product or alternative therapy, consult your medical team before making additions to your treatment plan. Our success rates outweigh those of conventional therapy for a range of conditions, including breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer and ovarian cancer. If you would like to know more about the range of treatments that we have available, their cost and whether they can help you or a loved one, please contact us and a specialist will call you back.