With stage four colon cancer, the cancer has spread from the colon to organs and tissues, such as the lungs, liver or ovaries, according to the American Cancer Society. In conjunction with tradition treatments, such as surgery and chemotherapy, alternative treatments such as herbs and dietary changes may promote healing and minimize pain in colon cancer patients.
Herbs for Colon Cancer
Licorice root has been used in Chinese herbal remedies for many centuries. Substances in licorice root, such as glabridin and licocomarone, may stop the growth and fight cancer cells, according to the American Cancer Society. Commission E, which is Germany’s regulatory agency for herbal remedies, recommends a dosage of 200 to 600 mg.
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli have isothicyanates compounds, which may have anti-cancer properties, according to the American Cancer Society. Also, the substance indole-3-carbionol (I3C), appears to alter estrogen levels, which may stop the growth of cancer cells, according to the American Cancer Society.
Ginseng is another Chinese herb used by cancer patients. This supplement contains ginsenosides, which are similar to steroid hormones, according to the American Society of Cancer. These compounds are believed to improve the immune system and kill cancer cells.
Flaxseed oil may also slow the growth of cancer cells, according to the Mayo Clinic. Flaxseed is available in supplement form at health food stores, or in foods such as whole grain breads and cereals. Flaxseed can also be purchased on the bulk food isle of your local grocery store and added to foods, such as oatmeal.
Extracts from shiitake mushrooms are used in herbal remedies to fight cancer. This food is believed to boost the body’s immunity, which may stop or slow the growth of tumors. Shiitake mushrooms can be purchased in grocery stores, or purchased in supplement form.