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List of Natural Herbs to Treat Prostate Cancer

by
author image Dr. Scott Fannin
Dr. Scott Fannin has been writing professionally since 2002. His articles appear in “WebMD”, “The American Journal of Managed Care” and “American Medical News.” He obtained a bachelor's degree in physiology from Washington State University and Doctor in Osteopathic Medicine from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.
List of Natural Herbs to Treat Prostate Cancer
Purple milk thistle growing in a field. Photo Credit nazileom/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate gland, a sex gland in male that secretes some of the substances found in semen. It is the most common cancer, excluding skin cancers, among men in the United States. Prostate cancer is also the most curable form of cancers if detected early and treated early. The emerging scientific evidence suggests the use of herbs for the treatment of prostate cancer, but you must always consult your doctor before using them.

Green Tea

Green tea is an angiogenesis inhibitor that can cure prostate cancer, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Angiogenesis, a process of forming new blood vessels, allows cancer cells to grow and multiply by providing them with oxygen and nutrients. Green tea is a natural source of antioxidant phytochemicals, called catechins, which may exert cancer growth inhibitory effects, notes Stanford University.

Garlic

Garlic, a hardy perennial herb, and its organosulfur compounds are under investigation for their potential to treat prostate cancer, the University of Colorado reports. Allicin and alliin, two major organosulfur-compounds of garlic, may provide protection against cell-damaging free radicals that may contribute to various human diseases including cancer.

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Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is a prickly composite herb that may have some anti-tumor effects on prostate cancer cell lines, according to the Herbal Safety. Herbal Safety notes that silymarin, the active constituent of milk thistle seeds, curbs the growth of prostate cancer cells.

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