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Ep 61 - The Reality of Herbal Medication in Cancer Treatment
Episode 6130th August 2023 • The Menopause and Cancer Podcast • Dani Binnington
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Herbal medicine is the most common form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) used by patients with cancer, with increasing use following a cancer diagnosis. Additionally, a staggering 73.6% of women in the menopausal period are thought to be using Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). 

Since emerging new research and some exciting new studies are happening in this field, I wanted to revisit this important conversation about the use of herbal medicine.  

Our guest is Melinda McDougall, the vice president of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.  

The main worry amongst women with a history of cancer who are dealing with the menopause is around contraindications that come with taking herbal medication. And rightly so, these powerful plants are not to be underestimated.

In today’s episode, we will discover:

  • What is the real role of a medical herbalist?
  • Is black cohosh safe for women with breast cancer?
  • The real facts about plant oestrogens and why you might have to re-think what you know.
  • Will red clover become a player in helping reduce cancer recurrence? 
  • Is a cup of herbal tea enough to ease symptoms?
  • How could herbal medication help you stay on your long-term cancer treatment?
  • Can herbal medication help with body and joint aches, low mood, hot flushes, poor sleep, and anxiety? 

You can find Melinda McDougall here

The below website can help you look for contra-indications:

Episode Mention: Does Herbal Medication Work? With Melinda McDougall & Anita Ralph

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