Nature's Way Premium Herbal American Ginseng 550 mg, 50 Vcaps
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At a Glance: Many cancer patients experience fatigue related to their treatment. Ginseng is a natural energy booster that may help decrease fatigue. Recommend taking one 550 mg tablet by mouth twice daily.
Details: Ginseng has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a natural energy booster. Fatigue in cancer patients has been associated with an increase in the immune system's inflammatory molecules called cytokines and to poorly regulated levels of the stress-hormone cortisol. Ginseng's active ingredients, called ginsenosides, have been shown in animal studies to reduce certain molecules related to inflammation and to help regulate cortisol levels. Data from an epidemiological study indicate that American ginseng improves survival and quality of life in breast cancer patients . Findings from a randomized controlled trial support its benefits in improving cancer-related fatigue. Per the oncology team, take an oral dose of 1,000 mg – 2,000 mg daily.
Patients with estrogen responsive breast cancer should discuss with their oncologist before starting this medication. Caution with use in certain medications, especially some CYP34A inhibitors. Common interactions include imatinib, warfarin, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, cholesterol-lowering agents, antiplatelet agents, thrombolytic agents, diuretics, and hormonal agents.
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