Herbs for cancer can be used in conjunction with conventional dog cancer treatments as a supportive treatment option. There are quite a few herbs that have anti-cancerous and immune-boosting properties, such as red clover, astragalus, garlic, turmeric... This page looks at some useful herbs that can be used to help dogs with cancer. It also recommends some excellent natural herbal products for canine cancer.
Being told that your dog has cancer is of course heart-wrenching, but it doesn't have to be all gloom and doom.
Don't give up easily! Be proactive. Make it your mission to find out as much as possible about your dog's condition, and the treatments that are available out there. You may realize that there are more options than you think.
With options come hope. Have faith. Believe in miracles.
Conventional cancer treatments using chemotherapy and radiation may be effective in getting rid of cancerous tumors, but such treatments can sometimes be harsh and tough on your dog.
Such treatments can greatly compromise the proper functioning of the immune system.
Here is the good news: herbs can be used safely, without intervention, in conjunction with conventional treatments to fight cancer. (There is one exception. According to Dr. Dharmananda, Director of Institute for Traditional Medicine in Portland, Oregon, St. John's Wort is the only herb that has been implicated in a potential adverse effect on chemotherapy.)
Many holistic healers believe that the answer to cancer lies in the immune system.
The importance of boosting your pet's compromised immune system is now being recognized as essential in slowing down the spread of cancer cells to the surrounding tissue.
In this regard, herbs for cancer can play a vital role in boosting your dog's immune system and major body organs.
Herbs that strengthen the immune system and support major waste-removing organs (the liver, kidneys and lymphatic systems) are especially useful in fighting cancer.
This is a 100% natural product made from a form of fermented wheat germ which has been found to be able to induce apoptosis (programmed death of cancer cells), after the first 24 hours of use. It also has anti-inflammatory functions and supports detoxification, helping the dog's body to get rid of the dead cancer cells and any toxins formed in the process of apoptosis.
Use the following dosage for dogs:
Suggested schedule is to administer this product for 60 days, then for 30 days every 3 months for the remainder of your dog's life.
NOTE: Vitamin C has been shown to negate the effects of this supplement. Make sure your dog is not getting any Vitamin C while on the supplement.
AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound) is produced by combining a number of mushroom extracts. It works by boosting the activity of natural killer cells by up to 300%. Get a product especially made for dogs such as American BioSciences NK 9 AHCC Immune System Support For Dogs. Follow the suggested dosage on the label.
Use AHCC together with Ave Ultra Fermented Wheat Germ for synergistic effects.
There are quite a few other herbs that support and enhance a weakened immune system. For example:
In addition, these mushrooms have been found to possess anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and antioxidant properties.
The University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School conducted research on the use of the herb Turkey tail to help dogs with hemangiosarcoma with positive results. Read more here.
Perhaps you have heard of "Essiac" or Essiac Tea. It is an herbal cancer therapy originally developed by a Canadian nurse, R. Caisse. It contains four herbs: burdock root, slippery elm, sorrel, and Turkey/Chinese rhubarb root.
A lot of people claim that Essiac is effective against cancer, and there are also quite a few dog parents who have successfully used Essiac to treat their dogs with cancer.
There are a few Essiac tea products for pets, but these two below stand out with a lot of positive comments and success stories from dog parents who have tried them.
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Below are other useful herbs for cancer which can be used to help support and strengthen various organ functions (e.g. liver functions, lymphatic functions, etc.) in the dog's body. By strengthening these organs and supporting their functions, the overall immunity will be improved and the dog will have more energy and vitality and will be more physically able to fight the cancer.
In a study conducted in Malaysia, it was found that ginger effectively blocked the promotion of cancerous tumors.
They also found that turmeric extracts completely inhibited further growth of the cancer cells in the colon. (British Journal of Cancer, Vol. 80, No. 1/2, April 1999, pp. 110-16.)
In fact, turmeric is now hailed as a useful herb for treating colon cancer in people. There has not been much research done on dogs. But knowing what we know about the anti-cancerous and antioxidant power of turmeric, many holistic vets have included this herb as one of the many useful herbs for cancer in dogs as well.
Since ginger and turmeric are safe tonic herbs, these herbs can also be fed to our pets for cancer prevention.
Here are some natural herbal products that many dog parents have used and found good results:
This formula contains immune-boosting herbs, such as astragalus, green tea, cats claw, and mushrooms (reishi, maitake, shiitake). In addition, it contains numerous antioxidant vitamins (A, C, E) as well as coemzyme Q10. This powerful combination of herbs and supplements has an synergistic immune-boosting effect on dogs who are weakened by chronic diseases such as cancer or allergies.
Another powerful blend of herbs (mushrooms) with antioxidant vitamins that can synergistically boost the immune system. This formula seems to be extremely effective in canine cancer treatment.
This herbal product is made from Turkey tail mushroom (Coreoulus Versicor) extract and has been found to be an effective treatment for hemangiosarcoma.