Although liver cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, it’s still relatively uncommon in the United States, according to the Mayo Clinic. Liver cancer originates in the cells of the liver, which is above the stomach. Symptoms of liver cancer include loss of appetite, upper abdominal pain and abdominal swelling. People with hepatitis B or C, cirrhosis and diabetes are at higher risk for this condition. Men are also more likely to be affected, according to the Mayo Clinic. Herbal remedies are focused on preventing the spread of cancer to other parts the body.
Licorice root is a Chinese herbal remedy which is packaged in capsule and liquid forms (200 to 600 mg doses). The compounds licochalcone-A, licocoumarone and glabrin may stop the growth of cancer cells, according to the American Cancer Society. The compounds in licorice root may also prevent DNA mutations that are linked to cancer.
Ginseng, which is an ancient Chinese herb used for centuries to fight disease, might also have anticancer properties, explains the American Cancer Society. Taking 1 to 2 grams of ginseng root a day is what Commission E (which is the regulatory agency for herbs in Germany) recommends for cancer treatment. Ginsenosides, which are 24 substances found in ginseng, are believed to increase the immune system and slow the growth of cancer.
White birch, a tree that is native to North American and Europe, is believed to have herbal benefits for cancer patients. The effective chemical from white birch is betulin. This herb may have anti-cancer properties that prevent the growth of tumors in cancer patients, according to the American Cancer Society.
Brewing two teaspoons of dried tea in boiling water may have anti-cancer properties, according to the American Cancer Society. The compounds in green tea may stop new blood vessels for forming, which cuts off the supply of blood to tumors.