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High dose Ginseng and Cancer Related Fatigue

Posted Nov 9th, 2020 in Acupuncture, Tips, Naturopathic Medicine, News


Cancer Related Fatigue is one of the most common problems that face cancer patients. There are many reasons why cancer patients develop fatigue during their course of treatment and even if they were not on an active oncology care. This article discusses High dose Ginseng and Cancer Related Fatigue.

Fatigue in cancer patients can be due to the secretion of certain chemicals from the cancer cells that  results in the sense of fatigue and tiredness. Moreover, these chemicals tend to suppress the hunger center of the brain for these patients which results in lack of appetite and food intake for them, and when this happens for a few days or weeks, tiredness and fatigue will definitely happen. Other reasons for fatigue in cancer patients are lack of proper restful sleep which results in marked fatigue and tiredness, also, receiving conventional treatments such as chemotherapy , radiation therapy and targeted therapy or their combinations can be an additional factor in causing fatigue in cancer patients.

Natural care for fatigue in Cancer patients is essential to help them achieve a better quality of life and mitigate this uncomfortable feeling of tiredness and fatigue. One of the most recently studied Natural Interventions for treating fatigue in cancer patients is the Korean Ginseng (Panax Ginseng). Sriram et al (2015) in a prospective open label study found that, Panax Ginseng Improves Cancer Related fatigue quality of life, and sleep duration ad quality as well. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25873296/  


Naturopathic Medicine offers many interventions that help cancer patients during their oncology care such as Herbal interventions, Acupuncture, Intravenous Infusion Therapy, Diet and Nutrition, and lifestyle modification.  Usually, Naturopathic doctors use more than one modality in managing fatigue for cancer patients.


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