Category Archives: Veterinary Herbal Medicine

Herbs for Cancer

Cancer biology is yet to be fully understood. Cellular mutation may occur as a result of free radical damage (with activation of oncogenes or suppression of tumor suppressor genes) and genetic susceptibility and toxicity (e.g., hepatopathogenic toxins). In traditional herbal medicine, cancer is nearly always viewed as a sign of systemic toxicity. However, immune dysregulation… Read More »

Herbs for Cancer: Immune Modulators

Most conventional chemotherapeutic agents are immunosuppressant and cytotoxic in nature, and they exert a variety of adverse effects that are particularly evident in cancer chemotherapy. Botanically based immunomodulators and immune stimulators are employed as supportive or adjuvant therapy to overcome the adverse effects of these agents and to restore normal health. Many of these herbs… Read More »

Herbs for Cancer: Antioxidants

Herbs with potent antioxidant activity generally have anticancer activity as well. Whether to use antioxidants concurrently with chemotherapy or radiotherapy has been questioned. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy cause DNA damage to both normal cells and cancer cells by causing free radical damage; one concern is that antioxidants will reduce the efficacy of treatment. On the other… Read More »

Anticancer Action by Organ/System

Following is a brief review of just some of the herbs that may be beneficial for the treatment of particular organ/system cancers. It is intended as a starting point rather than a comprehensive review. In vivo studies are discussed; herbs that are supported by in vitro studies are only listed. Respiratory system: small cell lung… Read More »

Anticancer Action by Urogenital System

Kidney Cancer Black Cumin (Nigella Sativa): This herb provides a chemopreventive effect against induced renal carcinogenesis. Treatment of rats orally with black cumin (50 and 100 mg/kg body weight) resulted in significant decreases in blood urea nitrogen and serum creatinine, as well as in the incidence of tumors. Mistletoe (Viscum Album): Extracts of mistletoe plant… Read More »

Anticancer Action by Musculoskeletal System

Osteosarcoma Red Clover (Trifolium pratense L.): Extracts were tested for their ability to stimulate the activity and maturation of osteoblastic osteosarcoma cells. Alkaline phosphatase was chosen as a marker of osteoblasticity. In vitro data clearly suggest a role for red clover isoflavonoids (Chloroform extract) in the stimulation of osteoblastic cell activity and cell differentiation. Diosgenin… Read More »

Anticancer Action by Gastrointestinal Tract

Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng): in case control studies, cancers of lip, oral cavity and pharynx, larynx, lung, esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, ovary, and colorectum were significantly reduced through Panax consumption. As to the type of ginseng, cancer was reduced in users of fresh ginseng extract, white ginseng extract, white ginseng powder, and red ginseng. Panax… Read More »

Anticancer Action by Haematopoietic System

Leukemia Echinacea (Echinacea Purpurea): Leukemia was induced in 4-week-old female mice predisposed to developing leukemia, and the animals were given powdered Echinacea purpurea leaves orally three times weekly for 8 weeks (7.5mg/mouse/wk). Survival was significantly prolonged and enlargement of thymic lymphoma was significantly suppressed compared with controls. Proliferation of leukemia (MuLV) viruses in the thymus… Read More »