There clearly are
and other herbs that should be
avoided during chemotherapy.
|There is a danger from taking even safe herbs
along with prescription medication or anesthesia (as noted in the links above) and these
agents should be stopped prior to surgery and during radiation and chemotherapy. It was
shown that taking anti-oxidants like beta-carotene actually increases the
cancer in smokers,
see study.) There is
good evidence that anti-oxidants should not be taken during chemotherapy or radiation (see report.)
Recent reports in the New England Journal document the risk from contamination among Chinese herbs and the dangers of other herbal agents and emphasize the importance of better research into the safety of nutritional supplements.